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But Betamax lasted a very long time - longer than VHS did. I wouldn't be surprised if you found Betamax players in TV studios, etc, around the world today so that they could use material from their archives. But VHS? Who still uses that, really?
There is a lot of FUD in your post (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that isn't backed by anything except your opinion.
Sony entered into the digital camera market at the same time as the 5D Mark II was released. The evolution of Sony's products since then has been dramatic and their lineup/quality has far outpaced that of Canon.
Funny. Companies like Toshiba still make combo VHS players. Say like the Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder
So lets see. BetaMax was created in 1975, by 1988 they started rebranding and selling VHS machines and the last BetaMax was in 2002. So call it 27 years, though really for the most part... dead in 13 years and in a coma unit for 14.
VHS came out in 1976, by 1980, VHS already had 60% of the market, and in fact, though really a dead format, there are even Blu-Ray / VHS combo machines made today.
So wait But Betamax lasted a very long time - longer than VHS did.
BetaMax was on the deathbed at 13 years, finally had the plug pulled at 27 years.
VHS was born a year later, and may make it to 40 years with CURRENT production machines you can by IN A STORE. I can go into Walmart today and find a DVD / VHS VCR combo machine today.
BetaMax? Maybe a used one on eBay.
By far pretty much a format that is in a retirement home, but I think the fact that VHS is approaching 50% longer life span to BetaMax sums it up
Oh wait... Sony Announced a Blu-Ray BetaMax combo... Too bad that was an April fool's Day joke