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8mm Camcorders That Support All 8mm, Hi-8, and Digital8 Tapes

Are you unsure what type of 8mm camcorders you should be looking for?

Converting 8mm video tapes like Video8, Hi8, and Digital8 tapes can actually be pretty confusing, especially if you have different types of tapes. Having multiple different tape formats can cause problems because not all camcorders are capable of playing each format. The earlier camcorders are typically only able to support Video8 and Hi-8 tapes. I’ve compiled a list of Sony camcorders that will support all formats of 8mm tapes. These are the best camcorders to look for if you plan to transfer video tapes to DVD or your computer.

Digital8 Hi8/8mm only
DCR-TRV103 CCD-TR416
DCR-TRV120 CCD-TRV43
DCR-TRV130 CCD-TRV58
DCR-TRV265e CCD-TRV68
DCR-TRV310 CCD-TRV108
DCR-TRV320 CCD-TRV118
DCR-TRV330 CCD-TRV128
DCR-TRV340 CCD-TRV308
DCR-TRV340e CCD-TRV318
DCR-TRV520 CCD-TRV328
DCR-TRV525 CCD-TRV428e
DCR-TRV530 CCD-TRV608
DCR-TRV730
DCR-TRV820
DCR-TRV830

Post in the comments what camera you prefer, or use to transfer your camcorder tapes to DVD!

12 Responses
  1. Charles F Bragg

    I have a nonworking sony ccd tr 91 that produced 8 mm cassettes. Will the camcorders listed enable me to play these tape cassete to my DVD recorder for transfer

  2. katsaf

    Bought 2 cameras on ebay, sony trv340 and trv460. The sony trv460 could not play back my old 8mm tapes at ALL! no sound and no picture, camera was not defective cause it could record new video and play that back. The sony trv340 could play back my old 8mm tapes but with no audio, this unit also wasn’t defective cause it could record new video and play that back flawlessly. So if you have some old video 8mm tapes shot on one of those 1st generation camcorders you might run into some problems. Next I’m going to try the Sony TRV103, reviews state that this camcorder can actually play back your ancient 8mm tapes.

  3. Scott

    Hi,
    Our daughter now 25 would like her hi8 mm baby video saved . I am looking at a TVR 103 and a TVR 330.
    I wish to read up on converting them and burning DVDs for her. I was going to use our Mac withe Firewire.
    Do you have a recommendation of the better choice of Hi-8 camcorders ? Thank You

  4. thomas

    hi..I have got Sony TRV 340 E pal.. which is slightly better than the other sonys TRV 110 ETC…

    I use the metal particle or FUJI tapes..but find that you cannot use both makes in same camcorder(HI8) with manual focusing ring!….as the recording heads are not the same format..hence my fortunate luck in having a cleaning tape….(are there any more on the market…?

  5. Habib

    Hi cpapciak,
    I had old sony Camcorder model no: CCD-V8AF-E
    now a days i have only Video8 cassettes,

    Kindly send me which Sony camcorder model supported my Video8 cassettes.

    Kind Regards,
    Habib

  6. Jonah

    Hey you seem to be missing a camcorder i have. Ive been trying to find out more on the one i have which is a sony ccd v3. Theres a huge lack of info on it and was curious to see if you know anything on it.

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