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I love a good bad idea - and the Sony Ruvi was one of the best

Sometimes you don't realise how far you have come until you look back over your shoulder. While 1998 doesn't feel like ancient history to me, in home video camera terms it was a completely different era. 

Watch the video below to find out about what has to be one of the worst ideas that Sony brought to market, eighteen years ago. 

I've collected the pictures of the inside of the video cart into a zip file. It seemed a shame to just delete them. You can click the image below to download the photos.

Click this to download a zip file

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Reader Comments (17)

Great vid as ever. Have you ever come across the Microsoft Data Link watch? It was a forerunner of today's smartwatches which used a small light sensor on the face of the watch to download information from Outlook via a CRT monitor. I had one in 1997 and it was literally years ahead of its time. Microsoft had a deal with Timex, which built the watches, and there were even a few watch apps. I'm sure it would make a great video.

October 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNigel Burton

I do have a couple of old-but-smartwatch videos in the pipeline. I remember the watch you describe, but it isn't one of the ones in my plans, yet.

October 31, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Excellent review of a camera I didn't know.
I remember Sony had a lot of original outstanding new ideas, like a cam that recorded photos on a floppy disk (Sony Mavica); but a camera with a removable head recorder... bad idea.

November 6, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaume Martí

Hello. I was wondering about that SG-1 screengrab you used in the video. You see, SG-1 early seasons HD remaster is a long awaited thing. But there was no official news, only speculations about if/when it might be done (special effects is especially tough; remastering SFX cost a lot). So seeing Seasons 1-5 available in HD on was quite a surprise. Mind you, it's SD only on US Amazon. I've even asked on Stargate reddit, and everyone thinks it's just an upscale. The lack of news of a remaster points to that explanation. But you said in the comments: "Honestly I really really was watching it in High Definition....I paid more for the HD download and everything HD, really." So naturally I'm confused. If you'll find the time and a desire to help clear this up, could you please upload some screenshots with timecodes somewhere, so we can see the quality? Amazon video is region locked, sadly, and I'm not sure VPN would help without debit/credit card issued in GB.
There is also a slight problem with the fact they recut Children of the Gods (S01E01), releasing it as "Final Cut", so that first episode might actually be remastered in HD, just never released in HD before (only DVD is available), and as you said you only got the first episode - that wouldn't really be verification for Season 1 if the quality does look like a remaster. On the other hand, if first episode looks like an upscale, surely the rest is no better, so that would be a negative, but valid result.
Thank you.

November 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDmitry

Incompatible firewire card, bad drivers, and capture software that just didn't work with the camcorder. Then the tape would eat itself once in a while and the footage would be completely gone.

info -

November 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPrinter Ink Refill

Gosh the barmy Sony RUVI ! Being a fan of unusual/plain daft cameras, I have not one but two Ruvis stashed away, having saved them from someone's bin. ISTR I did get actually quite good (for Hi8 video) results by digitising the Ruvi output via a video capture card. It was, though, as you say, useless in low light, and the 30-minute recording limit was ever so slightly inconvenient.

BTW the tiny replaceable VCR cartridges themselves could be ordered from Sony if you were feeling brave enough to not take the camera to your authorised dealer for the complex refit job :-)

January 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterphil

Ha ha, this had me in stitches! The ultimate in through away tech! A disposable VCR! Fascinating design though!

March 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian Sekinger

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