Toshiba 1978
Betamax V-5250

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V-5250 front flap controls
Clock and timer controls

V-5250 interchangeable RF unit
Interchangeable RF unit

V-5250 top controls
Top controls

V-5250 tuner controls
Tuner controls

The V-5250 was the first Betamax model produced by Toshiba and was a clone of Sony's SL-8000 model. It was one of the so called 'piano key' early models. It was a very advanced VCR in its day. The model shown here is the Australian version having a VHF TV output module fitted for Ch1 with Ch0 being another module option.

At the rear of the machine it has video inputs and outputs via BNC connectors and audio in/out via RCA connectors. It also has a mains voltage selector.

The V-5250 was a very basic VCR. It had no cue/review controls but did have pause, albeit with muted video. It did have a mechanical tape counter as well as a one event timer.

Looking back now it appears to be a massive, heavy old fashioned machine and is really only of interest to collectors.

Features include:

  • 8 channel tuner
  • 'Piano key' style controls
  • Interchangeable RF module (at the rear)
  • TV / line selector
  • Tape counter with reset and memory controls
  • Mic input

Our thanks go to Noel Higgins for supplying the information on this model.