Camcorder (1981): Hit!

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Video cameras had been used by television reporters for decades, but Sony's Betacam was the first to put the recording device inside the camera itself. That made recording video a one-person job.

Soon, Sony was making camcorders for consumers. That became the go-to video recording device for decades, until the smartphone surpassed it.

First published January 8, 2015: 7:08 AM ET

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