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There seems to be no clear standard for VHS Video Cameras.
Pin N1. Common black
and white portapak camera
N2. Common colour
portapak
camera
N3. 1980s/1990s Panasonic
colour portapak
camera  wiring
N4. JVC colour
portapak camera 
CCJ cable wires
1 Camera Video out Video coax core (largest coax)
2 Video gnd Shield for pin 1
3 Vertical sync often unused Serial data Line view/
tape playback
Shielded wire
4 Shield for pins 3 and 5 Shield for pins 3 and 5 Serial clock Shield for pins 3 and 5 Shield for pins 3 and 5
5 Horizontal sync Right channel
audio (if stereo)
standby out
(steady +5v or 0v)

Audio return /
tape playback /
standby voltage

Coax core (thinner coax)
6 Record stop/start Record stop/start Record stop/start
(momentary +9v/0v)
Record stop/start Unshielded wire
7 Audio out Camera audio
(left channel if stereo)
Camera audio Camera audio Shielded wire
8 Audio gnd Shield for pin 7
9 Power gnd Ground wire
10 +12V DC power Unshielded wire

Notes for pinouts sets:

N1. A 1970s B&W Panasonic WV-85, and many others, used this wiring.  Although there's plenty of other variations. 

N1.-N4.: The microphone is usually amplified, but still at the usual microphone levels.  VTR playback re-uses pin 1, with a few volts DC on top (as a mode switching signal).

This pinout, with option N1 works for the Canon VS-30.  The pinouts are for the MALE end of the cable that is permanently installed in the camcorder.

Note for CCJ cable: All shields are isolated from each other, other than the two that join on pin 4.  There may be a shield around all the wiring in the cable, this may be joined to the pin 9 ground. 

Some device-specific pinouts:

Panasonic WV-341N B&W camera wiring, 1970s vintage

  1. Camera video
  2. Shield for pin 1
  3. Vertical sync
  4. Shield for pins 3 and 5
  5. Horizontal sync
  6. Tally lamp
  7. Intercom audio (tip)
  8. Intercom audio (ring)
  9. Line view video
  10. Tally lamp

Two 24 volt tally lamps are directly wired across pins 6 & 10, the top and rear tally lamps, in parallel.  The intercom line is wired directly to the tip and ring of the ¼ inch TRS jack, with a 3 volt (if I recall correctly) baristor from tip to sleeve.  The intercom is totally isolated from the rest of the camera, ground, and the chassis.  The intercom headset has a 35Ω carbon mike between tip and sleeve, and a 160Ω earpiece between ring and sleeve.  The camera is separately mains powered.

Panasonic WV-3200N single-tube colour camera, 1980s vintage

  1. Camera video / playback video (with +5 volts DC on top)
  2. Shield for pin 1
  3. Not connected
  4. Grounded
  5. +3.2 volts standby / 0 volts operate
  6. Record (+5 volts) start / stop (0 volts)
  7. Camera audio
  8. Shield for pin 7
  9. Power ground
  10. +12 volts DC

Directly usable with the NV-100 portapak VCR.

Panasonic NV100 portable VCR, 1980s vintage

  1. Camera video / playback video (with +5 volts DC on top)
  2. Shield for pin 1
  3. +4 volts
  4. Grounded
  5. +3.2 volts standby / 0 volts operate
  6. Record (+5 volts) start / stop (0 volts)
  7. Camera audio
  8. Shield for pin 7
  9. Power ground
  10. +12 volts DC

If video is present on pin 1, record/pause control is from the camera.  Otherwise, the pause button on the VTR is used.

Panasonic WV-3600N single-tube colour camera, 1980s vintage

  1. Camera video
  2. Shield for pin 1
  3. Line view video, and tally signal (DC added to the video)
  4. Shield for pins 3 and 5
  5. Genlock video in RCU mode, something else (but unknown) in VTR mode
  6. Pedestal control in RCU mode, record start/stop in VTR mode
  7. Presumed intercom in RCU mode, and camera audio in VTR mode
  8. Shield for pin 7
  9. Power ground
  10. +12 volts DC

Directly usable with the NV-100 portapak VCR.

 

10 pin CCJ DIN female connector layout
10 pin CCJ DIN female connector
at the cable
According to 2 reports in our database (2 positive and 0 negative) this pinout should be correct.

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