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RCA Television Camera Model Number List

RCA have a long and distinguished history in television camera manufacturing,
dating from the very beginning of electronic television.

Model number Comments & Cat. number Date (1) Description & technology
       
560-A   1939 SPG, RMA standard 441/60, valve, full high 19" rack.
827 early   Studio, mono, Iconoscope, valve
1934 early   Studio, mono, Iconoscope, valve
1938 early 1938 Studio, mono, Iconoscope, valve
1940 early 1940 Studio, mono, Orthicon, valve
CCD-1 CA.1480 1983-4 ENG portable, colour, 3 x CCDs
CRV-59AAE   WW2 Flying bomb camera, Iconoscope, valve
       
TG-21 / 31 ES-26986 c. 1955 ?? Sync Pulse Generator, valve
TK-4A   1953 Color slide scanner, valve, photomultipliers
TK-10A IB-36035 1946? Studio, mono, 3" Image orthicon, valve
TK-11A MI-26011-A   Studio, mono, Image orthicon, valve
TK-11B MI-26011-B c. 1959 Studio, mono, Image orthicon, valve
  1960 Studio, mono, Image orthicon, valve
TK-15 MI-26023-A c. 1959 Studio, mono, vidicon, valve
TK-20A MI-26910 late 40's Telecine, mono, Iconoscope, valve
TK-21A     Telecine, mono, vidicon, valve
TK-21B   c.1958 Telecine, mono, vidicon, valve
TK-22   1964? Telecine, mono, vidicon, transistor.
TK-25A   1953 Color film camera, telecine, valve.
TK-26-A MI-40516-A1 > 1959 Telecine, colour, 3 x vidicon, valve
TK-27   1963 Telecine, colour, 4 x vidicons, valve
TK-28 CA.3101A > 1974 Telecine, colour, Plumbicons,
TK-29C Large Console ~1982? Telecine, colour, Plumbicons,
TK-30A   1946 Studio, mono, Image orthicon, valve
TK-31 MI-26066 (see TK11)   Studio, mono, Image orthicon, valve
TK-31B   c. 1959 Studio, mono, Image orthicon type 5820, valve
TK-40A     Studio, colour, 3 x 3inch Image Orthicon, valve
TK-41 MI-40500-A 1950 Studio, colour, 3 x 3inch Image Orthicon, valve
TK-42X Experimental mixed tubes 1962 (ref29) Studio, colour, 4.5 inch Image Orthicon + 3 Vidicons, transistor, integral zoom lens.
TK-42 Mixed tubes 1963 Studio, colour, 4.5 inch Image Orthicon + 3 Vidicons, transistor, integral zoom lens. Lead oxide tube option from 1968.
TK-43 Mixed tubes, deluxe version of TK-42 with external zoom lens. c.1967 Studio, colour, 4.5 inch Image Orthicon + 3 Vidicons, transistor, integral zoom lens. Lead oxide tube option from 1968.
Advert June 1967.
TK-44 Mixed tubes 1967 Studio colour, 3 inch Image Isocon tube + 3 x lead oxide tubes, transistor. Advert June 1967.
TK-44A   1969 Studio colour, Plumbicons, transistor
TK-44B   1971 Studio colour, Plumbicons, transistor
TK-45   1958-60 Industrial color, 3 x Vidicons, Valve
TK45A CA.1111B 1973 Studio colour, Plumbicons, transistor
TK-46 CA.1121A 1976 Studio colour, Plumbicons, IC
TK-47   1978 Studio colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-48 CA.1310   Studio colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-60 (a)   1963 Studio, mono, Image Orthicon, valve/hybrid
TK-76, B, C,   1975 ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-86   ~1982?? ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-290 CA.2980   Telecine, colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-610 B3030   Telecine, colour, 3 x vidicons
TK-630 CA.1201A 1974 Studio colour, Plumbicons
TK-710 CA.1650 1982

ENG portable, colour, saticons

TK-760/1 CA.1550A 1980 Studio or ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-780 CA.1570   , colour, Plumbicons, micro
TK-781   ~1982? , colour, Plumbicons, micro, triax
TKP-45(A) CA.1410 1974 ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons
TKP-46     ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons
TKP-47 CA.1250   ENG portable, colour, Plumbicons, micro
HC-1 Hawkeye CA.1680A 1979-80 ENG camcorder, colour, Plumbicons, micro
HC-2 Hawkeye CA.1620 1983 ENG camcorder, colour, Plumbicons, micro
HR-1 Chromatrak recorder 1979-80 Camera back recorder for Hawkeye, uses VHS tapes.
Walkie-Lookie Roving camera 1951 Radio camera, mono, vidicon, valve
Ultra Roving camera 1964 Radio camera, mono, vidicon,
       
CRV-59AAE   WW2 Flying bomb camera, Iconoscope, valve
ITV-1   1950 CCTV, vidicon, valve, cmaera + CCU & monitor.
       
PK-301   c. 1969 Self contained camera, vidicon, solid state.

PK-302

 

  c. 1969 2 unit camera with cable, vidicon, solid state
PK-310   c.1969 Vidicon film (TK) camera, solid state
PK-315   c.1968 Vidicon camera with viewfinder
PK-330A   c.1968 Vidicon, "Professional" monochrome studio camera. ref30
PK-330L   c.1968 Lead Oxide, "Professional" monochrome studio camera. ref30
       
PK-501   c.1968 Quality Surveillance camera, solid state
       
PK-530   c. 1969 Vidicon (type 4478) viewfinder camera, solid state,
PK-610   c.1969 3 x Vidicon colour film camera, solid state
PK-701   c. 1969 Single vidicon colour camera, no V/F.
PK-730 $9,850 in 1968 1968 (ref22) Single tube colour camera. report Practical TV Sept 1969.
Pk-760   c.1969 Single vidicon colour camera with viewfinder


(1) Notes: Dates are tricky!, do you take the design date or the date entered service? It's all a bit vague.
"I.O." is the abbreviation for Image Orthicon, a large camera tube in 3 inch and 4.5 inch sizes.
"Plumbicon" is a registered trade mark of Philips, as well as being a Lead Oxide camera tube!

References:-
(22) Broadcasting, 25 Nov. 1968 page 74
(29) Broadcasting, 19 March 1962 page 81.
(30) RCA Broadcast News, No. 139 July 1968.

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