Museum of the Broadcast Television Camera

Pye Mk5 842131 Image Orthicon Television Camera

Pye Mk5 84 2131 Image Orthicon Television Camera

This series of photographs are of an unrestored Pye Mk5 camera, shown with all it's scratches and corrosion. This is head serial number 131 dated to about 1960/1.

This is a fairly big camera, weighty too. It used conventional construction techniques with plug in chassis for each function, scans, amplifier, viewfinder, etc. At this time its contemporary rivals from Marconi and EMI were offering slimmer and lighter cameras using printed circuit boards.

There is a good description on the camera in "International Technical TV Review", May 1962 pages 218-224.