Sanyo 1982
Betamax VTC-5300

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The Sanyo VTC-5300 is the predecessor to the mass selling VTC-5000. However it is not as nice a machine as the VTC-5000. The mechanism uses many more mechanical levers and belts for the mechanism which makes the VCR bigger and heavier than its successor.

There was a companion model the VTC-5400 which was identical to the VTC-5300 but with additional picture search and audio dub facilities. Unlike the VTC-5000 this VCR retains the tape threaded at all times, like the Sony machines.

Cosmetically it is a stylish looking top loader for its time.


Interestingly Sanyo describe their VCR system as Betacord not Betamax.

The VTC-5350 was the PAL/SECAM version of the 5300. It was mainly sold in the Middle East and it could operate on 110-127V or 220-240V.