Following World War II, home movie cameras became affordable for families across the United States. Cameras, like this 1951 Nizo Heliomatic, captured the exploits of the Baby Boomer children. Riding bikes, tap dancing, running around the yard, the camera operator often encouraged children to move instead of standing still. Many recall the voice behind the camera saying, “it's a movie camera – do something!” Like cameras using film, the exposed film roll was sent to be developed before the image could be viewed. Cameras used to film movies during the 1950s used similar, but more advanced technology. A commercial film recorded 24 images per second, while this home movie camera recorded only 8. As a result, home movies from this period tend to look jumpy when the performer moves too quickly. Later video cameras, using VHS cassettes and digital hard drives, allow viewers to see the film immediately.
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Motion picture cameras
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