Video Wars

A new camera debuts

On prominent display in many stores this week will be a brand-new Eastman Kodak self-contained camera-video recorder, which uses narrow 8-mm tape. By Christmas the Kodavision unit will be joined by two more of the new generation of so-called camcorders: General Electric's Uni-Cam and a still-to-be-named Polaroid product. RCA has a system all ready to go, but is waiting to see how consumers respond.

This approaching battle among U.S. giants in the home-video-equipment field is a mere reflection of the war between Japanese companies. The Kodak and GE 8-mm camcorders are...

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