New Digital 8mm camcorder purchace advice

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  1. Greg_L_C

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    My 7yo 8mm sony camcorder crapped out on me and I don't think it will be cost effective to try to get it repaired, besides its a good excuse to get a new toy. I was in BB today and took a quick look at some of the new Digital Hi8mm recorders. I have a few questions.

    1)Will I Still be able to play back my old 8mm tapes with the new recorders? And record on them also?

    2)What is the real advantages to these recorders?

    3)Most of the ones I looked at had firewire connectors. What will I need on my computer to transfer video to my PC?

    Any recomendations, My buget will be about $500

    Thanks

    Greg
     
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    1) Most Digital 8 camcorders will play back analog 8mm and Hi8 tapes. Check the specs/manual to make sure. If you record however, it'll be in Digital 8.

    2) Better picture quality and the ability to transfer video digitally into a PC via a Firewire connection are the main advantages, over an analog unit.

    3) A Firewire card (IEEE 1394), cable and software. They are pretty cheap nowadays--I got one a year ago for under $100 if I recall correctly.

    Personally I like MiniDV camcorders better (more compact), but if you have 8mm tapes you want to be able to play back or reuse, that's the one advantage of Digital 8 over MiniDV.

    KJP
     
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    Greg, Sony makes 2 digital camcorders that play existing 8 and digital 8. I was in the same boat, had alot of old 8 tapes. I have the TVR-240(I think, don't have it with me). Much improved over 6 year old Sony I had. I got it at Ultimate Electronics for 550.00. For family purposes, it works great and has firewire capability.
     
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    Thomas

    I don't really understand what this means.

     
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    Greg,

    If you are going to be working with (S)VHS source tapes, such as home videos that relatives might send you, you need a digital camcorder that can record analog input or do passthrough conversion.

    In the event that you bought a MiniDV camcorder, you'd want the ability to record from analog input, so that you could borrow a working Hi8/8mm camcorder and make MiniDV copies of your Hi8/8mm tapes.

    There's no good reason why a camcorder should lack such a basic function ("record from line inputs, like a VCR"). It's just that many of them do (and did even in the analog days), so you can't assume that it's there.
     

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