Great for archiving old Hi8 tapes to digital
I got this to transfer the many Hi8 tapes I had into digital form. My old Hi8 camera was inoperable so I couldn't use it. So I didn't purchase this camera to record things, only to play back, but it has a lot of recording functions and bells and whistles that it looks better than the one I had. It's not too heavy for a Hi8 camera but of course, the fact that this holds tape, makes it heavier than the new digital ones that hold cards. Still, it's surprisingly small. I bought this because it was also Video 8 and has firewire ability. So I use a firewire plug to go directly out of the camera and into my older MacBook Pro (that has a firewire input) to import into Final Cut Pro 7. Since there's no timecode, I can't log and capture clips, but I can use the capture now function and even control the camera within Final Cut Pro. I've only imported a few tapes but already it's working really well and I'm very pleased. The quality is as good as the original tape and the sound is in sync. I haven't tried a full tape to import at once, but I expect it will sync fine as all of my VHS did when importing through my miniDV/firewire deck. So far I'm extremely happy with this purchase and thrilled that I will finally have all my memories saved safely before the tapes wear out.Read full review
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Excelant condition for product's age.
I bought it to back-up my digital Hi8 tapes.The Camcorder made perfect Blu-Ray dvd's.These camcorders are much better than others. And they are built much better and have more features than the competition if you are interested in saving your memories this is a camcorder for you.
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I love this camcorder it has a very good picture and has a long battery life could use a better sound quality ,but other than that i give it a very good rating
Highly recommended !
I'm very pleased with this camcorder, night shot works great, sound it good and it easy to use. One draw back is it is a little heavy if your going to carry it around for a long period of time. I like this camcorder so much I'm looking to get a second one!