Welcome to the virtual Museum of the Broadcast Television Camera

The objective of this site is to record and document the history, technology and development of broadcast television cameras. The images and data within are drawn from the cameras and photographs in my collection and the collections of other supporters of the museum. It is hoped that this site will become a valuable reference source.

The museum is a long way from finished and I will be adding new cameras and information as and when I can, I intend to work on European and American television cameras first. There are many pages that are incomplete with gaps and omissions.

Like most museums, were their collections are mostly "in storage", my collection which supports the museum is entirely
"in storage" and the museum is a virtual one that exists in cyber space. However this does have advantages:-

"" It means that I am, or will be, able to display everything.

"" Admission is Free!

"" The Museum is open 24/7

"" The collection is preserved in good condition for the future

New additions :-


A major re-work of the EMI 2005 camera pages with more pictures and studio equipment..

Added January 2023                    thomson



A major re-work of the Marconi Mk7 Camera listing with an index page and more pictures.
Added January 2020                    thomson


A major re-work of the IVC 7000p Camera with a new index page.

This listing is not complete, if you can help fill the gaps, please contact us

Added November 2021        thomson


A major re-work of the Thomson & French Camera list with some 60 camera pictures.

This listing is not complete, if you can help fill the gaps, please contact us.

Added December 2020        thomson

Pye Mk4 camera

A re-work of pictures for the Pye Mk4 Image Orthicon camera from 1959.

New pictures and an Index added to the Pye Mk4 camera section.

Added July 2020

Pye Mk3 camera

A major addition of pictures for the Pye Mk3 Image Orthicon camera from 1951.

33 New pictures and an Index added to the Pye Mk3 camera section.

Added November 2019

Marconi MkIII camera

A new reworked section on the Marconi MkIII Image Orthicon camera..

33 New pictures and an Index added to the Marconi MkIII camera section

Added April 2019

Experimental CCD camera

A section detailing the development of early CCD cameras before they became useable for broadcast.

Bell Labs., Fairchild and RCA cameras

Added February 2019

BBC Television Service Universal Zoom Camera

A section detailing the BBC's experimental cameras and some built for special purposes like the robotic cameras first used Alexandria Palace news studios.

Added November 2018

Marconi MkVIII camera

A major addition of pictures and information about the Marconi MkVIII automatic colour camera

35 new pictures added to the Marconi MkVIII Index Page

Added June 2018

Pye industrial equipment

A large addition of Pye industrial camera equipment photographs.

98 new pictures added to the Photogallery Pages

Added March 2018

Pye Colour camera

The is one of the Pye experimental colour cameras from the middle 1950s.

It is of the "colour wheel" design. 7 new pictures added.

Added March 2018

WF CP-35 TV Kamera

The WF, Werk für Fernmeldewesen, camera range added.
4 camera models with pictures.

Added February 2018

CEI 270 TV camera

CEI (Commercial Electronics Incorporated) camera range added.
9 models with pictures and brochures.

Added January 2018

RCA TK 10A TV camera

RCA TK-10A and TK-30A camera pictures added 9 new pages.

With pictures of a restored and working camera.

Added October 2017

EMI 203 TV camera

Re-work of EMI 203 pages now with 20 pictures and an Index page.

Completely new section on Surviving Cameras.

Added December 2016

RCA TK-40 & TK41 TV camera

Pictures added for the RCA TK-40, TK-40A & TK-41 color cameras

Also additional images for some of the other cameras in the RCA range.

Added December 2016

EMI 3 lens CPS Emitron vintage TV camera

EMI 3 lens CPS Emitron camera + rework of pages and new pictures.

EMI 4 lens CPS Emitron camera + rework of pages and new pictures.

Added July 2016

RCA Hawkeye dockable TV Camera

RCA Hawkeye HC-1 early dockable camera. RCA List

Also the RCA Hawkeye HC-2, RCA CCD-1 first broadcast CCD TV Camera

Added March 2015

Philips LDK5 TV Camera

Philips LDK 5 Triax camera, 22 new pictures.

uploaded Sept 2015 -- updated Dec. 2015

Thomson TTV-1530 Tv camera

Thomson TTV-1530 & TTV-1532 Colour Cameras.

Marconi V327 CCTV camera

Marconi V327 High reliability CCTV Camera.

Philips PC-60 vintage TV camera

The Philips - Norelco PC80 Colour Camera.

A re-work of the existing page with new photographs and a photogallery section.

EMI BC.601 vintage CCTV camera

The EMI BC.601A CCTV camera.

Not strictly a broadcast camera, but an interesting early example of reducing the size of the camera by the "local amplifier box" principle. Sometimes used as a caption camera.

Ampec BCC-2 TV camera

The Ampex BCC-2 Eng-production portable colour camera.

New range of 15 pictures, brochure and datasheet

PhilipPye Graduate TV Camera

The Pye (Philips) Graduate Educational monochrome camera.

Ampex CC-452 TV Camera

The Ampex CC-452 Educational monochrome camera.

Marconi BD848 Vintage colour camera

The Marconi family of studio colour cameras using Image Orthicon tubes :-

Experimental model based on Mk II camera parts using 2 tubes.
Experimental model based the RCA TK-41 camera using 3 tubes.
BD848 studio colour camera, second version
B3200 studio colour camera, third version (pictured)

Marconi Monoscope BD665

Marconi Monoscopes :-

The Marconi BD665 monoscope testcard camera.
The tubes it used tubes.
Restoration and in use article.
The portable version BD617B


Recent additions :-

early 1934 RCA camera Early RCA cameras added 1933, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1940

RAI Image Orthicon cameraRAI camera, more information is sought for this camera.

RAI portable TV camera RAI portable monochrome camera c.1970

LDK15 cameraThe Philips LDK15 and LDK15L plus other improvements to the philips listing.

EMI 206 CameraThe EMI 206 and 207 solid state Image Orthicon cameras

Pye TV camera type 84 2018A very early Pye type 842018 closed circuit TV camera c. 1952 - 1956

EMI standard Emitron Televsion Camera A major update of the EMI Emitron camera range 1934 to 1938. New and improved pictures. Index list

EMI CPS Emitron The 1948 Olympic television cameras page is here!


There is a lot of information and pictures on this site and over the years the style of the pages has evolved. I have not re-created the older pages as I feel that my time is better spent adding new camera information. Content over style!

Outline of site navigation :-

site map

Thanks and acknowledgements to all who have helped in the creation of this site

contact address

The camera at the top left is a Pye Mk4 and top right a Norelco PC60

The monitor is a Pye grade 1 type 84 2780, 405 line from the mid 1950s

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