What is HDCAM? HDCAM tape is specifically designed to capture the shorter wavelengths of the HDCAM format. Originally, the HDCAM format was developed from Sony's groundbreaking Betacam technology, and retains the same ease of use. This powerful format meets the requirements of HDTV and ahs proven as a cost-effective alternative for motion picture production. Since its introduction to the brocasting world, HDCAM sets a new standard in high-density recording with ultra-fine magnetic particles 50% smaller than used in Digital Betacam yielding crisp HD images. Also, HDCAM is developed for multi-generation operations. The HDCAM Digital Cassette incorporates Sony's advanced metal tape technology for use in the world's first HDCAM format camcorder. The development of a high performance metal tape enables high density recording with a recording wavelength of 0.49um achieving a digital recording length of up to 40 minutes for the small-size cassette, and 124 minutes for the large-size cassette. Since its introduction to the market HDCAM video tape has earned a reputation as a solid performer. It is the ideal solution for the camera operator looking for the ultimate in High-Definition videotape performance. The HDCAM Video tapes all come equipped with advanced metal particle tape technology that provides >45db carrier-to-noise ratio and low headwear for superb digital performance. In addition it Enables up to 50 minutes of recording in small cassettes and 155 minutes in large cassettes. (24P mode) and last but not least each HDCAM tape uses a special lubricant that protects the tape surface and maintains optimal contact with the VCR heads.