Miniature Video Cameras
Japan's Top Inventions
11m 48s

Broadcast on November 18, 2020
Available until December 2, 2021

The behind-the-scenes tales of hit products and creations from Japan: this is Japan’s Top Inventions. This time, we look at miniature video cameras, used worldwide. In 1989, a Japanese firm created the smallest, lightest video camera in the world, the size of a Japanese passport. It helped people capture precious memories, like their children’s growth and important vacations. We look into the little-known story behind the creation of these video cameras. (This program was broadcast on November 4, 2020.)

photo Released in 1989, this was the smallest and lightest video camera at the time. photo The camera was the size of a Japanese passport. photo A member of the development team, Nakagawa Katsuya. photo Miniature video cameras continue to get smaller and smaller.