Toshiba 1980
Betamax V-8600

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The Toshiba V-8600 claimed to be the first third generation VCR. It was the first model to use four video heads (compared to two heads as used by all models before). These four heads gave the VCR a superior pause mode, with virtually no noise on the picture, and an excellent slow speed playback mode and frame by frame advance, also with very little noise.

Other features were:

The VCR employed a belt driven mechanism and by later standards was very large and heavy.

Many thanks to James Copp-Taylor for providing information and picture of this model
Thanks also to Stuart Bellfield for providing the photograph