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1. Samsung SCL906 Hi8 Camcorder
$229.99 $214.88
2. Panasonic PV-L354 VHS-C Analog
Too low to display list($329.99)
3. Sony CCDTRV328 Hi8 Analog Handycam
$249.99 Too low to display list($299.99)
4. Sony CCDTRV128 Hi8 Analog Handycam
Too low to display $209.00 list($249.99)
5. Panasonic PVL454 VHS-C Analog
list($449.99)
6. Panasonic PVL552 VHS-C Camcorder
$208.88 list($299.99)
7. Sharp VLAH151U Hi8 Viewcam W/
$319.88
8. SONY DCR-TRV285E PAL Digital-8
Too low to display $713.28 list($899.99)
9. Panasonic VDRM70 DVD Camcorder
list($799.00)
10. Sony CCDTRV43 Handycam Hi8 Camcorder
$288.95 list($349.99)
11. Sony CCDTRV318 Hi8 Camcorder with
$229.95 list($329.95)
12. JVC GR-SXM37U Compact S-VHS Camcorder
list($249.99)
13. JVC GRSXM250 S-VHS-C Camcorder
$225.94 $209.88 list($229.99)
14. JVC GRSXM260 Super VHS-C Camcorder
list($649.99)
15. JVC GR-SXM730U Super VHS Palm
list($229.99)
16. JVC GRAX880 VHS-C Camcorder with
list($599.99)
17. Panasonic PV-L750 VHS-C Camcorder
list($74.99)
18. Kodak MC3 Portable 0.08MP Digital
list($449.99)
19. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with
$249.94 list($319.99)
20. Sony CCDTRV118 Hi8 Camcorder with

1. Samsung SCL906 Hi8 Camcorder
by Samsung Electronics
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B0001DRQFS
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Sales Rank: 126
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact Hi8 camcorder with 270,000-pixel CCD
  • 22x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 880x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings, built-in video light, and remote control
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars video man from Cleveland
This camera is not on sale anymore. Get it at Radio Shack for the same price plus personable customer service. An OK camera, however. ... Read more


2. Panasonic PV-L354 VHS-C Analog Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $229.99
our price: $229.99
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Asin: B0001DBEHE
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2613
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Features

  • Compact Palmcorder VHS-C camcorder with 270,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 700x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Full-size video head cylinder and built-in light
  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack lasts for up to 1 hour

3. Sony CCDTRV328 Hi8 Analog Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $329.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001BWFPQ
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1465
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact Hi8 Handycam camcorder with 320,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 990x) with manual focus and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and built-in white LED light
  • NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very happy with it
When our 8mm stopped working that we had used for nine years, I found it overwhelming to research and find a new camera.
I knew I didn't want digital because I don't even use my digital still camera very often, other than to e-mail pictures.
I knew that I wanted another 8mm, so that we could play our tapes we have now. I didn't want to spend too much money. We received this camera a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. It even has more options than I really need. We charged the battery when we got the camera and for 2 weeks we have been filming the kids occasionally and the battery is still full. I never thought I would use the night vision, but have found it is fun to film the kids when they are asleep and I don't have to turn a light on to film. The zoom works well and the color looks good. For the price, I don't see how you could get a better camera. I don't think you could find a better analog camera even if you did spend more money. I obviously can't comment on how well it will hold up in the future, but as far as its performance now, I love it. ... Read more


4. Sony CCDTRV128 Hi8 Analog Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $299.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B0001BW0UG
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 144
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact Hi8 Handycam camcorder with 320,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 990x) with manual focus
  • 2.5-inch rotating LCD and black-and-white viewfinder
  • Low-light recording settings and built-in white LED light
  • NP-FM30 InfoLithium Rechargeable Battery

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Not so good buy
The main thing I was upset about this camera is it's not equipped with the steady shot. Personally I need the steadyness without it my filming was shaky and Sony confirmed that THIS camera doesn't come equipped with that feature. It took nice pictures just returned it because of not having stady shot!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good out of box performer
This is my third video camera. I have previously owned VHS-C cameras that perfomed well. I needed the Nightshot feature for the investigations I do. The first time out, knowing general camera operation, I found this camera very easy to use. The flip out viewer is very sharp and the sound playback is good for instant review of videos. The compact size makes it easy to handle. I have yet to use all features, but I am confident that they will be satisfactory also. If you need a video feed to a computer, you'll need a capture device or get one of the digitals that have the USB/Firewire hookups. Basically, it seems to be a durable easy to operate camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great first-timer

I had been kicking around the idea of buying a camcorder for a couple of weeks and bought this model just two days before going on vacation. I didn't do a whole lot of research, I just liked the look and the price. It is small and sleek and super easy to use. It can use regular 8MM tapes, Hi8 or Digital8. I used it for recording live music performances in Nashville and was happy with the quality of the video and audio on playback. There are 8 effects for shooting (sepia, stretch, etc.), along with three fade-ins/outs. So I have more options than I really know what to do with at this point but I'm sure I'll get into them as I use it more. The display is sweet and can rotate around.

My one complaint is the battery area. The battery clips on the back, but there is no cover - my Sony digital camera has a locking compartment the battery slides in. I'll probably also be picking up a spare, even though it seems to hold a charge well. I really like the size because I have small hands and short fingers, but I can still use the strap and reach all the buttons.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sony customer
Amazon recently raised the price on this camcorder as well as the Samsung SCL906. Each was raised approx.10.00 Shop around. ... Read more


5. Panasonic PVL454 VHS-C Analog Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DBEHO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 1099
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact Palmcorder VHS-C camcorder with 270,000-pixel CCD
  • 20x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 750x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD and color viewfinder
  • Full-size video head cylinder and built-in light
  • Rechargeable Ni-Cad battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great inexpensive holdover until the DVDs mature
The PV-L424 is a pretty cool piece of gear. (With virtually no reviews)

We just got it yesterday for $419. It can be found a little cheaper, but check store reviews...

We almost bought the PCV-L552 for its big view finder and 27x optical zoom, but after a lot of digging on obscure web sites, we found that older camera suffers from a dew detector light that goes off too easily, shutting down the camera for hours. The PV-L424 just came out in 2004.

The 20x PV-L424 optical zoom is amazing. Things still look good at 40x digital, can read a UPC bar code from across the room. Things look tolerable at 120x, but ridiculous at 750k. There a single digit from the bar code fills the screen and is almost unreadable due to pixilation.

It's kind of slim, better looking than the photo.

Menus and controls seem intelligently laid out. What's used most seems to have a single button for it.

I like the way the LCD screen swivels around so that you could actually dictate into it and see yourself. It's smart enough to know to flip the image right side up when I do that.

I can't say anything yet for the durability.

We chose this VHS-C thing because I think all playback equipment for formats other than this and DVD will be difficult to find in 50 years. And the DVDs suffer from $10 disk costs (for 30 minutes) and the resolution won't match the MiniDVs until they change the image format to MPEG2. The PV-L424 seems like a great inexpensive holdover until the DVDs mature.

1-0 out of 5 stars Mislead & Disappointed
The camcorder does not have the built-in SD drive, nor the digital still photo capabilities that are listed as included features in the product description.

4-0 out of 5 stars No built-in sd memory card or picture in picture
It's all that except the picture in picture and image capture feature. ... Read more


6. Panasonic PVL552 VHS-C Camcorder w/ 4.0" Color LCD & Viewfinder
by Panasonic
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B00005YVTI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 6254
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

VHS-C technology has been a solid choice over the years for its unfussy nature--it can be easily hooked up to almost all televisions and VCRs and is an inexpensive option for those in need of video. The Panasonic PV-L552 also features a huge 4-inch color LCD, color viewfinder, 26x optical zoom, and a high-performance, two-hour battery.

Lens
There is an optical zoom magnification of 26x along with a 780x digital zoom, which works by electronically enhancing the optical image. There are four different zoom speeds for greater control, so you can zoom from full wide to full telephoto in 2 to 16 seconds. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes.

Inputs and Outputs
The standard RCA input/output and cable is included so you can hook the camcorder to a TV for convenient viewing or to a VCR for dubbing to regular VHS. ... Read more

Features

  • VHS-C camcorder
  • 26x optical, 780x digital, zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 4-inch color LCD
  • Battery provides up to 2 hours of shooting
  • Color viewfinder helps preserve battery life

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Dew detector light is a big problem
We almost bought the PCV-L552 for its big view finder and 27x optical zoom, but after a lot of digging on obscure web sites, we found this older camera suffers from a dew detector light that goes off too easily, shutting down camera for hours. The PV-L424 just came out in 2004.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buy this if u want a good price.
I think this camcorder is good only if u are after a really good LCD screen.It is pretty clear. It is a very cheap price. ... Read more


7. Sharp VLAH151U Hi8 Viewcam W/ 3" Color LCD Screen, Picture in Picture & Remote Control
by Sharp
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000063EKI
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 2321
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With its full auto mode, the user-friendly Sharp VL-AH151U Hi8 camcorder enables you to simply point and shoot to capture hours of fun video memories. It also features a picture-in-picture mode, 3-inch LCD, optical and digital zoom capabilities, and digital image stabilization.

Lens
With an optical zoom magnification of 16x, the VL-AH151U also has a digital zoom--which works by electronically enhancing the optical image--that can magnify the picture up to 400 times. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes.

Other Features
With its 270-degree variable angle, you can hold the VL-AH151U in a variety of angles to record over people and objects or close to the ground. You can even record yourself by rotating the view screen 180 degrees. The VL-AH151U also features several digital effects (black and white, sepia, NEG) that can be viewed without affecting the original recording.

Sharp's advanced circuitry allows recording down to less than 1 lux (the light of one candle about one yard away from the subject) and eliminates complex lighting arrangements and harsh floodlight glare. The backlight-compensation feature also adjusts only the dark parts of a shot to optimal brightness levels, and leaves the bright sections untouched, so they don't become glaringly washed out.

Contents
This package comes with the VL-AH151U camcorder, one rechargeable NiMH battery, one lithium-ion battery, AC adapter, remote control (and batteries), AV dubbing cables, wrist strap, and lens cap. ... Read more

Features

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • 16x optical, 400x digital, zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 3-inch color LCD
  • Viewcam body style for easy shooting
  • Features various picture effects and picture in picture mode

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Service!
As a first time buyer I was a little scepticle. I e-mailed once about the tracking of my package because I'd gotten it for my wife for her birthday. Within the next day I had gotten a response with tracking info and all! The package came in right on time for her birthday. Thanks for the great service! The sharp camera works Great!
God Bless!!

5-0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
Works like a charm. Love it, take it everywhere and video are crisp and clear.

1-0 out of 5 stars horrible service
I contacted this seller 15 times via emails and phones and he/she never responded. I guess s/he is dead or something. The camera I recieved was totally different than the one I pictured. I would never ever buy from this person again in my life.
thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value at a great price.
This little gem has all the right stuff. Auto focus with great clarity, a small price tag and a great size for carrying. I can't wait to take it to Disney World!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brendon says :
If you are on a budget to buy a camcorder then this is the one! I saw the new Panasoinic E- wear which was my first choice but it ... , it doesnt even have ZOOM! It does almost nothing only shoot pictures and download Mp3 . But the SHARP camcorder does alot of things and it is at a good price and it is a good size because i wouldn't buy a big bulky size camcorder !......WHO WANTS THAT!? This has a LCD screen and has picture in Picture and it has ZOOM which is the most important thing in taking pictures from far away or film something far away. ... Read more


8. SONY DCR-TRV285E PAL Digital-8 Camcorder

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Asin: B0009MH5R0
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2252
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Features

  • Powerful new photo mode -Adaptive Frame Interpolation provides storage for hundreds of still images with 7 seconds of audio
  • Box Contents -AC-L15 AC Adapter On-Camera Charger, NP-FM30 Battery - 700 mAh, RMT-830 Wireless Remote Control, A/V Cable Mini-3 RCA (Stereo), USB Cable, CD-ROM with USB Driver Software, Shoulder Strap & Lens Cap
  • Digital 8 recording format delivers 3x the color bandwidth of VHS (Video Home System) - with less video noise
  • NightShot Plus records in more natural color, in low-light environments
  • Program Auto Exposure has the settings for a variety of indoor and outdoor situations -- choose from Portrait, Sports, Spotlight, Beach and Ski, Landscape, Sunset and Moon modes

9. Panasonic VDRM70 DVD Camcorder with 2.5-inch LCD w/10x Optical Zoom
by Panasonic
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B0001DBEII
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 757
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The stylishly small Panasonic VDR-M70 marks the next step in DVD video camcorders. As full-featured as it is easy to use, this compact camcorder records high-quality digital video and still images onto removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs, allowing for non-linear editing and within the camcorder. The VDR-M70 features a 18x optical zoom, 240x digital zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, 1-megapixel resolution, and SD memory card compatibility.

Optics and Resolution
The VDR-M50 DVD camcorder has a 1/4" 1-megapixel CCD, providing sharp and vibrant video. In addition to the 18x optical zoom, the 240x digital zoom allows you to capture that perfect moment, no matter how far away you are.

DVD Format
The VDR-M70 combines all the technological benefits of the rewritable DVD-RAM format with the compatibility of write-once DVD-R media. DVD-RAM offers the highest quality in digital imaging, huge storage capability--capturing up to 120 minutes of digital video and 1,998 still images to DVD media--and rewritability up to 100,000 times, with virtually no degradation of picture quality no matter how many times the disc is played back. The DVD-R format offers the ability to record onto affordable DVD-R discs for sharing with friends and family, and archiving memories for everyone to enjoy.

With the DVD-RAM format, you can access recorded scenes quickly and easily. Indexed thumbnails are displayed on the 2.5-inch color LCD. In addition, the camcorder will automatically find blank space on the DVD-RAM disc whenever a recording begins, eliminating the possibility of recording over what you've already shot. Camcorder editing features include delete, rearrange, fade in/out, wipe, divide, and splice.

Recorded video and still images captured by the VDR-M70 can be played back on DVD-RAM and the majority of DVD-R compatible MPEG2-conforming devices. Just slide the disc out of the new disc cartridge and place it into the DVD recorder or player, or into a PC or laptop computer equipped with DVD playback.

More Features
In addition to video, the VDR-M70 can capture still images up to 1280 x 960 pixel resolution, good enough resolution for 4 x 6-inch prints. (A DVD-RAM disc can store JPEG photo data and video together on the same disc.) You can save images either to the DVD or to Secure Digital (SD) or MultiMedia (MMC) memory cards.

The VDR-M70M70 uses a USB 2.0 connection for high-speed transfer of content to a PC--a step forward from the slower USB 1.1.

Other features include:

  • Digital Electronic Image Stabilization helps compensate for unintended hand and/or camcorder movement
  • Thumbnail scenes display lets you select scenes recorded on a disc and arrange them to play back in any order the users want
  • LUX rating of 12 LUX
  • Low-light mode available for shooting in near-dark situations
  • Hot shoe connector for accessories
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Features

  • DIGA Palmcorder DVD Camcorder records on removable 3-inch (8cm) DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs and 1.2-megapixel stills
  • 10x optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 240x) and image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch LCD and color electronic viewfinder
  • Low-light and 16X9, wide modes, can capture JPEG stills at SXGA resolution, and hot shoe for accessories
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack lasts for up to 2 hours and 15 minutes

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars out-of-site camera
The Panasonic Digat Palmcorder DVD Camcorder is one of the easiest and most advanced dvd cameras I have used to make movies and stills. The instruction book is very easy to use and all the pictures in the instruction book are very clear and look like the camera itself. After I got the camera it was not long before I was taking videos, stills and learning about all the extras in the menu line up. Also putting the dvds in and out of the camera was a breeze. What really impressed me was the joy stick. By just moving it right, left, down, or up you could access any of the thumbnails or start the dvd anywhere you wanted. If you are looking for a good dvd camera that takes exceptional movies and stills and makes it easy, the vdr70 is the camera for you!

5-0 out of 5 stars so cool camcorder- a must read why
!!!!!!!!!hey almost free camcorder!!!!!!!! The SONY MICROMV DCR-IP7 is the most expensive camcorder. You can get this camcorder for $130 dollars. http://www.havingit.co.uk/item.php?ID=DCRIP7B T Just sign up. And get your camcorder.P.S If u go to the webpage , there are other things. But i don't no if u can get them...cause maybe they are fake The only thing u can trust is this camcorderits the best camcorder. U can trust it because it got one U will love itand it really works try itP.S U neeed to register fast otherwise someone else is going to take ur spot u should regsiter today so u get this camcorder sonner, mybe if u would u register tomoro u will get this camcorder in a have a year...but u willg et it..but sign up now for this 1500$ camcorderit really works i have gotten over 10 camcorders ...and if u signed up...u have to refer a lot of people so u get it quicker ... Read more


10. Sony CCDTRV43 Handycam Hi8 Camcorder
by Sony
list price: $799.00
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Asin: B00000JMN1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5186
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 330x digital zoom
  • Night video capability
  • 2.5-inch swivel LCD screen
  • Image stabilization
  • 6 programmed exposure modes

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sony TRV 43
This is by far one of the best entry-level camcorders. With all the features including night vision, it is well worth the $$.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fab all rounder
This camera is as close to digital as you can get without the price, it has many features and is simple to use, a great buy

3-0 out of 5 stars Better camcorder out there
Hi Everyone, I believe that this is a good cam corder but recently I bought Sony DCR-TRV 120. It is year 2000 model and has got all the features normally you find them in Sony camcorder, plus it has got 45x/450X zoom and I got it for 650$. Very good deal. Picture quality is amazing. 21/2 " screen is kinda small but still it works fine. In short check out this camara before you go for any other model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder
This is my first camcorder and I'm very pleased. It is easy to use, has many features and the output looks clear and sharp. I could not ask for more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great picture, lots of features!
I've had my camcorder for 2 1/2 weeks now and LOVE IT! Has lots of features but yet simple to operate. Great picture and I think the nightshot feature is cool. Can't go wrong on this one! ... Read more


11. Sony CCDTRV318 Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD and Steady Shot
by Sony
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B000086G0D
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1774
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's compact, affordable CCD-TRV318 Handycam camcorder, with a built-in video light and SteadyShot picture stabilization system, makes it a snap to take great-looking videos. It features a 20x optical zoom, 560x digital zoom, a black-and-white viewfinder, and a 2.5-inch color swivel LCD.

Image Stabilization
Sony's SteadyShot picture stabilization smoothes and steadies your images without degrading picture quality. Sony does it with motion sensors--a more accurate system than many other camcorders on the market.

Optics

  • 1/6-inch CCD with 320,000 gross pixels
  • 20X optical zoom
  • 560x digital zoom
  • f1.6-f2.4
  • Focal distance: 2.5-50mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 t 1/4,000 (AE mode)

More Features
Now you can capture video even in total darkness. Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects such as a sleeping baby from up to 10 feet away in total darkness. With the optional HVL-IRC NightShot light, you can even capture images from up to 100 feet away.

Sony's Stamina power management system and InfoLithium battery give the TRV318 incredible operating time. To keep tabs on battery life, Sony's AccuPower meter displays the number of minutes remaining--right in the viewfinder

Hi8 Format
In a world increasingly dominated by digital, Hi8 offers a refreshingly good format to shoot in. Despite the press that MiniDV, Digital8, and the new MicroMV have been getting, many people still prefer the tried-and-true Hi8. Hi8 offers the highest quality outside of digital and is a good choice for everyday shooting. As long as you just want to document your family's life, and send videos to grandma, you aren't really giving anything up.

Size, and Contents
The TRV318 measures 3.63 by 4.00 by 7.88 inches and weighs 1 pound 12 ounces. This package includes the TRV318 camcorder, power adaptor/in-camera charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM30), mono AV cable, lens cap, and shoulder strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Hi8 camcorder with 20x optical, 560x digital zoom
  • SteadyShot picture stabilization system
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting; built-in light, easy dubbing features
  • Comes with NP-FM30 InfoLithium battery; Stamina power management system

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder!
This camcorder is one of the best camcorders I have ever seen. It has great features such as titleing and a lcd screen 2.5 inch. I went to best buy one day looking for a camcorder. So I asked the guy working there if I could get a camcorder [for a certain price range]. ... So I saw the sony model below mine for [a price]. He said your best bet is to buy the sony ccd-trv318. So I said show it to me. So I looked at the camcorder and really knew that I was going to get that one. So the guy showed me how to use it. Then when he was done i said I will take it. So I brought it home and gave it a try. It worked great. It was very easy to use. So from then on I still use this same camcorder.
Thank You!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best available for your average user
Buying a camcorder can be difficult. Do you want VHC? 8mm? Hi-8? Digital 8? Mini-DV? Then there's whether or not you want to be able to take stills, have firewire output to a computer, image stabilization, etc.
One can easily find themselves saying, "All I wan't is a basic camcorder to record random things." If that's you, this is your camcorder.
Though the picture is not digital, Hi-8 offers a nice clean picture that gets the job done. And since you can plug right into your TV or VCR, transfer to video is simple without having to store all your old tapes like you did in the VHC and VHS days. Being a Sony, you can expect a great zoom that let's you get nice detail from a good distance away. Add Steadyshot, probably the best image stabilizer out there, the ability to manually adjust your lighting, nightshot, and you have the ability to record in any situation.
Having sold Sony's for over a year, I can tell you the number returned due to dissatisfaction was minimal. Same for broken or damaged camcorders.
Bottom line is this. In the TRV-318, Sony makes a great camcorder that's not only easy to use, but able to take a nice clean video. And as long as you don't care about capturing the light flicker off a snowflake, you'll love it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CAMCORDER!!!!!!!
I really believe this is the best camcorder.It is very cheap and really easy to use. I'm 14 and I just used it to film my spring break and I still haven't even touched the instructions, if I can use this camcorder anybody can. I highly recommend buying this camera it has so many features like nightshot, steadyshot,a really powerful zoom, a really long battery life, and many more. It can even play back those old 8mm tapes you have lying in your closet. So if your looking for your 1st video camera or a camera to bring on all of family vacations this is the camera for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Problems just out of the box!
Problems just out of the box!

1st camera we received did not charge the battery. We returned and got another one that after 5 months of storage and perhaps 2-3 hours of TOTAL use (recording time), it went back to "Not charging the battery" since it is out of warranty (30 days - Amazon will not exchange it) and under the (1 year Sony warranty), we called, they said the camera needs to be repaired and it is $166 plus shipping which is about $190, for a camera that we purchased for $260

JUNK!!

It is all I have to say about this camera, I got to use the camera for a total of 3 hours.
I paid about $90/Hour to use this junk, went for the name brand and GOT Burned.

I do not know why I was talked into buying a Sony it is overpriced and now the quality is JUNK, we have had Panasonic electronics all our lives, and they just get old and outdated, but they keep in working! Guess what my next camera will be? - Panasonic-

4-0 out of 5 stars A Small Step Below Digital
The choice was pretty difficult. Either an entry level digital, or this higher-end Hi8 unit. I picked this one because I like the zoom, the night vision, and all the other great features I could not get in a digital at the same price. I also own an analog to digital box for my PC, so I can plug this Sony into my Firewire port anyway.
The digital would have been nice, but I know I would have lusted after the bells and whistles after a while. This buys me a few years until the digitals improve and come down in price. ... Read more


12. JVC GR-SXM37U Compact S-VHS Camcorder w/25x Optical Zoom
list price: $329.95
our price: $229.95
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Asin: B0007UQMFA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 4685
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Product Description

JVC GR-SXM37US, S-VHS-C CAMCORDER, 25X OPTICAL/1000X DIGITAL ZOO ... Read more

Features

  • Digital Picture Improvement Technology:Super High-Band Processor, Picture Stabilizer, Digital TBC (Time Base Corrector), Digital CNR (Chroma Noise Reduction)
  • 108 Combinations of Digital Special Effects (x11) and Scene Transitions (x10)
  • Auto Illumi. Light (Auto Illumination Light), Multi-Language Instant Titles (4 Languages), Manual Focus, Flying Erase Head, Built-in Battery Charger, Easy VHS DECK Playback
  • Super VHS and "Super VHS ET", 2.5" LCD Color Monitor, Viewfinder
  • 25x Optical Zoom/1000x Digital Hyper Zoom, 320,000-pixel CCD

13. JVC GRSXM250 S-VHS-C Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Auto-Light, and Image Stabilization
by JVC
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0000899ZT
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 3302
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Despite a low price tag and small size, the JVC SXM250 has the versatility of recording in three different formats. The SVHS mode creates high quality recordings that rival the broadcast TV standard, and you can record with the same high resolution on any VHS-C tape with the SVHS ET mode, or use the standard VHS mode and enjoy the greatest level of compatibility with other players. Other features of the camcorder include a large 2.5-inch LCD screen, 16x optical zoom, video light, 70 special effects and transitions, title generator, and VHS-C playpack.

Lens
The optical zoom magnifies up to 16 times while the digital zoom, which works by electronically enhancing the optical image, reaches up to 600 times. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes. The low lux function boosts camera sensitivity in low light situations to improve the video image.

Manual controls such as focus, exposure, and white balance give the user greater flexibility in shooting. The SXM250 also has digital enhancements such as a time base corrector and chroma noise reduction that enhances picture quality.

Inputs and Outputs
The standard RCA input/output and cable are included so you can hook the camcorder to a TV for convenient viewing or a VCR for dubbing to regular VHS. ... Read more

Features

  • S-VHS-C camcorder with 2.5-inch color LCD
  • 16x optical and 600x digital zoom with digital stabilizer
  • 70 digital effects and scene transitions
  • Built-in video light
  • Preset title generator in multiple languages

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars good for the $$$
This camera does a GREAT JOB for the price. It has all kinds of great features and effects. The only negative I can think of is that it makes a slight noise when zooming in and out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for first time video camera buyers.
This is the first video camera I've purchased, and I'm completely satisfied with it after several months of use. I've found it to be affordable (important initial consideration), lightweight(important if you're brave enough to let the kids record), simple to use(important if you let grandma borrow it to record the other grandkids), and the recordings to be top-notched. These basic features and an excellent brand-name should make any new purchaser feel confident with this camera as his/her initial choice. One caution, the camera's package includes everything you need but a blank VHS-C tape (something experience camera users are aware of, but novices are not, hence the 4 stars, not the 5).

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price BUT...
We love this new camera because it is the same features we had in our old camera.. We wanted a new one that had the flip out screen and for the price it cant be beat... BUT we cant believe they took away the personal title generator where you could type your own title in instead of using the 7 or 8 presets they have... It was a must ~ now we will have to learn to do without.. Still a great buy for those not willing or ready to go to digital and still wanting the top features...

4-0 out of 5 stars JVC GRSXM250 S-VHS-C Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Auto-Light
I Think it's an upgrade from GRSXM240 S-VHS-C Camcoder.
one special feature is you can use batttery or adapter power
even when the battery pack is loaded.It also has a locking
on/off switch,with a nice red button to press for recording. ... Read more


14. JVC GRSXM260 Super VHS-C Camcorder w/16x Optical Zoom
by JVC
list price: $229.99
our price: $225.94
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Asin: B0001B7ISA
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 660
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Compact Super VHS with three recording modes and 70 combinations of digital special effects and scene transitions
  • 16x optical zoom lens (700x digital zoom) and digital image stabilizer
  • 2.5-inch with 270-degree rotating LCD
  • Super LoLux boosts low light sensitivity and built-in video light
  • Endurance Shooting allows up to two hours recording time with the provided battery pack

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars "Last of the Mohicans "camcorder
I bought this camera thinking since it was VHS it would perform better in low light (as did my older 8mm)than a digital one. WRONG. It also will drain the battery in 15 minutes. Resolution is poor with VHS mode and svhs tapes cost too much. Noisy tape makes me weary. Don't waste your money on this old"last of the mohicans" format. Just get a digital camcorder and buy a light.My $299. digital Sharp blows it away. I can't hardly give it away. Want mine for $150?

5-0 out of 5 stars EXELLENT CAMCORDER WITH A LOW PRICE TAG.
At first the camera looked like it was just a odinary one until i tried it. Wow everything was just so great 700X digital zoom could almost take any distant shot with just a click of a button. This Camera is fully loaded with image stabilizes and inbuilt light the rotatable lcd was simply facinating and it was very clear to me that this camera could take evryshot very clearly especially the image stabilizer comes in handy when you are travelling in a RV or a Car toshoot the outside Nature.
WOW THIS CAM IS REALLY WONDERFUL. ... Read more


15. JVC GR-SXM730U Super VHS Palm Sized Camcorder with LCD Monitor
by JVC
list price: $649.99
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Asin: B00005KAML
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 6287
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The JVC GR-SXM730U offers the convenience of VHS-C in a sleek, lightweight design. It is equipped with a 3-inch high-resolution color viewfinder for more realistic visuals while shooting, and has a built-in light that improves the picture in low-light shooting conditions. The digital picture stabilizer gets rid of annoying picture shakes. Your viewers will appreciate this feature during playback because it will make your recording easier to watch. It also offers a 16x optical and 400x digital zoom. This is ideal for catching action at sporting events or just at home in your backyard. The zoom is a variable-speed zoom triggered by finger pressure with numeric zoom ratio readout in the viewfinder/monitor.

The camcorder is capable of three recording modes. Super VHS recording offers 60 percent better resolution than regular VHS. SVHS ET allows you to record with that same high-resolution using any VHS-C tape. For full compatibility with any VHS video player you can record in standard VHS mode. VHS-C format tapes are simply smaller-sized VHS tapes. You can play your VHS-C tapes in any VCR with the included cassette adapter.

The SXM730U also features an integrated digital still camera that takes snapshots and stores them on the internal 2 MB of flash memory. You have different snapshot modes like full screen, pin-up, or multipicture. You can take up to 60 photos at the standard resolution with VGA size 640 x 480 pixels. With the included software and cable you can import your photos into a computer for editing or e-mailing.

For editing, the GR-SXM730U offers digital wipes and fades, audio dubbing, and insert editing as well as a black fader, and has a quick review and retake function. There are 88 different combinations you can play with for digital special effects, wipes, and fades. The title generator features eight preset messages in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. The accessories include a shoulder strap, VHS-C cassette playback adapter, battery recharger, remote control, and photo-editing software. ... Read more

Features

  • SVHS-C camcorder, compatible with VHS
  • 16x optical, 400x digital zoom with digital image stabilization
  • 3-inch color LCD monitor and monochrome EVF
  • Snapshot Mode records still pictures onto 2 MB flash memory
  • Includes battery pack, Compact VHS playpak, AC adapter/charger, shoulder strap, remote control

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I Wanted and More
When I decided to start shopping for a camcorder, not even fully intent on buying one yet, I ran across this particular one early on and, somewhat to my surprise, never found another one that offered as much as this one did. When I think of videorecorders and video cameras, I first think of Sony, but Sony didn't really offer a product with all of the features I found in this JVC camcorder. When I began my search, it didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted a VHS-C camcorder: I wanted to play my videos in a VCR, and I could not really afford a digital camcorder, anyway. Next, I decided I wanted a color LCD screen that was at least three inches. While zoom capability wasn't really that important to me, it also did play a factor in my decision-making process. Finally, if possible, I wanted something that could also serve as a digital camera.

This camcorder has all I wanted and more. In terms of recording modes, it offers S-VHS, S-VHS ET, and VHS. I'm not a photographic expert, but the S-VHS video playback of my tapes was much sharper and clearer than I expected; as far as I am concerned, digital video could not look much better than this and certainly offers no advantages for me to justify the extra expense. I should say that the camcorder is very light and comfortable in my hand no matter how much time I spend recording. As for the LCD screen, it is very nice. The colors, especially depending on the angle from which you are viewing it, often seem too bright, but the picture on the tape itself is perfect. One thing this model does not offer is a color viewfinder, but I don't plan on using the viewfinder much at all anyway. The black and white image on the viewfinder is very good, but using the viewfinder only serves to make you stumble around with your eyes pointed down. With the LCD screen, you can remain a part of the action as you record rather than come off as "some guy with a stupid camcorder" terrorizing your family and friends. The display rotates 270 degrees, as well, so you can record from almost any angle. One important feature of this camcorder is digital stabilization; it's hard to walk around and maintain a steady shot, and this features helps keep the jerky movements to a minimum. When it comes to zooming in, this camera really outdoes most of the competition, offering 400x . While anything at the maximum zoom is naturally going to be pretty grainy, the video quality is excellent until you get close to that maximum. Recording in darkness is also not a problem for this camcorder; besides having its own light source, it also comes with a "Night Alive" feature that increases light sensitivity and allows you to get color video in dark environments.

This is a dual camcorder, serving as a digital camera as well as a video recorder. Certainly, the quality of digital photos is not quite as good as true digital cameras offer, but they look really good to me. With 2 MB of flash memory, it can hold up to 30 digital images at one time. Other cameras offer a higher capacity for digital photos, but this is enough for me. The video capabilites come first in my mind, and the digital picture feature is just icing on the cake. The software that comes with this product is really good (at least for an amateur like myself), and I had no trouble hooking the cable up to my COM 2 port and downloading images.

There are a myriad of other features, many of which I am still just exploring. There are many combinations of screen fades/wipes and special effects. You can film your video as an old, black and white movie, really annoy your friends by stretching the width of the picture and making them look fat, add a strobe effect to jazz up the action, add a fog element for that touch of fantasy, or--my favorite--use video echo to make everything look ghostly and weird. There are more features than I can discuss here in this review.

Returning to simpler matters, I must say that the documentation that comes with this product is excellent. While it does take some time to figure out all of the many things the camcorder can do, there is no problem getting the thing up and recording almost right out of the box. On a final note, I must add that the sound quality is also very good. Since there is no way to use an external microphone with this product, I worried that I would have a hard time hearing people's conversations on tape. This is not a problem. Not only does it pick up the sounds you want to hear, it also picks up a lot of ambient sound as well. All in all, this JVC product offered me everything I really wanted in a camcorder, and I am more than happy with it. Now all I need is something interesting to record. ... Read more


16. JVC GRAX880 VHS-C Camcorder with Image Stabilization
by JVC
list price: $229.99
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Asin: B0000899ZR
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: JVC
Sales Rank: 3132
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The JVC GRAX880 provides quality video performance that is not fussy and complicated. It records on small-sized VHS-C tape and with the included playpack you can view your video on any VCR. The camcorder's notable features include a black and white viewfinder, 16x optical zoom, built-in video light, 70 special effects and transitions, preset title generator. Digital functions such as a time base corrector and chroma noise reduction enhance the overall video quality.

Lens
The GRAX880 has a 16x optical and 600x digital zoom, as well as variable zoom speeds that you can control with the zoom toggle. The digital image stabilization system keeps the picture steady and solid throughout zooms and camera shakes. The low lux function boosts camera sensitivity in low light situations to improve the video image.

Inputs and Outputs
The standard RCA input/outputs and cable are included so you can hook the camcorder to a TV for convenient viewing or a VCR for dubbing to regular VHS. ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great camera
I got this on Ebay for $97 and I don't regret one cent of it! This camera is well-made, has lots of features, and great video quality. It has no built-in light or LCD screen... but for the price who could complain?

5-0 out of 5 stars The GRAX880VHS-C A Dream of a Camcorder
Best and most simple to use little camcorder I've ever used or owned.But now I find the JVC GR-SXM25OUwhich a friend purchased I like even better so may sell the GR-AX880 to buy it. How they can pack all that neat technology that works with the precision of a Swissmade watch movement,into such a small space,is beyond my understanding. (Ted S.) ... Read more


17. Panasonic PV-L750 VHS-C Camcorder
by Panasonic
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00004T1M1
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 7725
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Panasonic PV-L750 camcorder offers many features beyond the standard camcorder.With VHS compatibility you have the flexibility to play tapes in your VCR. Its 26x/300x zoom capabilities and 480,000-pixel CCD allow for extraordinary close-ups with high resolution.If you see a shot that requires a quick switch from wide angle to zoom, the PV-L750 has a 2-second quick zoom option. It even offers an 8 MB CompactFlash memory card so you can store digital still shots for transfer to your PC. The built-in digital still camera is unique in that it lets you superimpose a shot into the corner of the LCD screen and on the image you are recording.For low-light shooting conditions, the PV-L750 has a built-in automatic light. ... Read more

Features

  • 26x high-definition zoom, 300x digital zoom
  • 4-inch color LCD monitor
  • Built-in automatic light
  • Uses VHS-C format tapes
  • Memory card allows you to take digital still shots and easily transfer them to your PC

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for a great price
This camera has everything you ever wanted on for this price. Built in Digital still camera with 640 x 480 resolution, 300x digital and 36x zoom, lots of efects, very easy to use.

Every camera has ups an downs, the ups on the PVL-750 are: A lot of stuff in it, VHS-C format (you can view your recordings in your VCR)Digital still camera (not a lot of pixels, but it's ok for a first digital cam)Big LCD panel (4") The kit includes everything except the tripod, case and tape converter. The downs on the PVL-750: Everything you want that it dosen't has. My camera is 1 year old, and it's worknig great, i take it everywere (beach, picnic, race track, birthdays, Xmas, etc.) i have taken more than 500 pictures and have made 3 albums. The pictures don't look like a 28 or 35mm camera but with a editing program like corel or photoshop you can make them look ok. I bougth this camera because i wanted to make home movies, take pictures of my 6 month old daugther, i really didn't needed a sofisticated camera or a 8mm or hi8 format, i just wanted something to have fun, of course, i wanted also quality and low price. With this cam you can view your movies on your vhs (if you have the converter) and still be recording your camera at the same time, with 8mm or hi8 you can't do it (not with the proper equipment) with the PVL-750 all you need is and extra tape and the converter, and your on you way. Remenber if you want a camera with a lot in it, but want a affordable price this is the one. Take my word on it.

Check all the other cameras out there first, i know you'll be buying the PVL-750. Good luck and take care you all.

P.S. ANDYBOY, if your camera was defective why didn't you return it, and why you bougth it if you knew all the features in it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Broke 3 months after warranty was up!
I finally have a place to discuss my terrible dislike of this camcorder and service from Panasonic. We bought this camera 3 years ago and it never worked right from the start. One of the reasons we bought it was for the built in digital camera. Well my 2 year old son could draw a picture better than the quality it produces. The interface to my computer to upload the camera never worked right and Panasonic was never able to properly troubleshoot the issue. Well my warranty ran out about 3 months ago (had 3 year warranty) and wouldn't you know that it stopped working. Never dropped, hit or nothing and the day of my son's 2nd bday, I went to put tape in and the thing kept humming and spinning the tape but not recording. Not worth having fixed as I heard terrible things about Panasonic customer service, so I am going to buy a new one now!

3-0 out of 5 stars OK CAMERA BUT THERE ARE SOME BUGS
THIS CAMCORDER REPLACES MY SHOLDER HELD FULL SIZED VHS CAMERA OF 1989 VINTAGE. QUALITY OF VHS TAPED PRODUCT IS OK BUT NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS DIGITAL CAMCORDERS OTHERS IN MY FAMILY OWN. LOTS OF FEATURES, NICE, BUT NEED TO HAVE A GOOD MEMORY ON WHERE TO FIND ALL THE BUTTONS WHEN SHOOTING. STILL SHOTS ARE NOT REALLY WORTH KEEPING AND SHOULD NOT BE A FEATURE WHICH LEADS TO BUYING THIS CAMERA. NEWER VERSION OF THIS MODEL IS THE PV-L751 WHICH SEEMS TO BE THE SAME CAMERA IN ALL RESPECTS. PANASONIC HAS NOT RELEASED UPDATED DRIVERS FOR WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEM ME OR XP AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FORCAST A RELEASE DATE IF THEY ARE EVER GOING TO WRITE A NEW PROGRAM. MY CAMERA HAD A DEFECTIVE LCD VIEWER AND HAD TO BE SHIPPED BACK TO ELGIN IL. YOUR COST TO SHIP, THEY PAY RETURN POSTAGE. SERVICE WAS PRETTY GOOD, ABOUT 8 DAY TURN AROUND AND THE FIX WAS MADE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very verstile (combo video/still shot)
Actually this review was prompted by the need for software. I have used model 300 x digital PV-L750D AND IT IS GREAT. I HAVE USED IT FOR PHOTOS AND VIDO. HAVE HAD FRIENDS REALLY THINK IT IS GREAT. I HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THEY GET ONE. AS WELL WE HAVE HAD PANASONIC VCR THAT LASTED WELL OVER 18 YRS (I THINK THAT IS CORRECT) WE HAD PURCAHSED OTHERS ADTER YOUR VCR AND THEY QUIT WORKING WHILE THE PANASONIC KEPT ON WORKING. I USED THIS WAY TO COMMUNITE WITH YOU SINCE I REALLY NEEDED THE SOFTWARE FOR THE

PV-L750D SO I CAN DOWN LOAD THE SHOTS FROM VCR CAMERA TO COMPUTER.

COULD SOMEONE E MAIL ME TH SOFTWARE OR CONTACT ME. I NEED IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YO COULD E MAIL WOULD BE GREAT.

JUST A FUTHER NOTE WHAT I SAID ABOVE IS NOT JUST TO SOFTEN YOU UP TO GET THE SOFTWARE. I REALLY THINK YOUR VCR'S AND THE VHC-S ARE GREAT PRODUCTS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I wrote an earlier review of this camera and wanted to give an update on something.

I thought this was a great camera, but the only problem is the mini-VHS format only gives you 30 minutes of recording time.

I was in a Circuit City store several weeks ago, and I found you can now get 40 minute tapes. This isn't too bad, and I like the VHS-C format because you can just plop the tape into the adaptor and play it into your existing VCR. The 8mm and super 8 mm cameras require you either purchase an expensive 8 mm player or else cable the camera to your VCR. This is no big deal, except that I like to keep my camera in the trunk of my car in case I see something worth filming, and this way I don't have to carry it back and forth between the house and the car just to see the latest piece of footage. ... Read more


18. Kodak MC3 Portable 0.08MP Digital Camera/Camcorder and MP3 Player - 16 MB
by Kodak
list price: $74.99
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Asin: B00005AR3J
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Kodak
Sales Rank: 1447
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Think of Kodak's MC3 as the Swiss Army knife of electronic gadgets. This sleek handheld unit functions as a portable video camera, digital still camera, and MP3 player. We found the device to be well designed, easy to use, and, most importantly, a lot of fun.

As a video camera, the MC3 captures QuickTime format movies with sound at a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Users choose from two settings--a high-quality 20 frames per second (fps) mode captures more detail, but fills the CompactFlash memory card at a rate of 15 MB per minute. A more e-mail friendly mode shoots at 10 fps and uses greater compression. This mode makes movies a bit choppier, but still looks fine for most applications and only consumes around 2 MB of memory per minute.

A 1.6-inch color LCD screen on the back of the camera lets you see exactly what you're filming and can also play back footage you've recorded. While most manufacturers use illuminated LCDs, Kodak has opted to use a reflective display instead. In a reflective display, the traditional backlight is replaced with a mirror. This arrangement is thinner, uses less energy, and is less expensive. It's also easier to see when you're outdoors. Unfortunately, it's more difficult to see in low-light situations--seeing what you're shooting in a restaurant will be a challenge.

The videos you create aren't as detailed as those from a camcorder, but the MC3 isn't designed to replace those traditional tape-based devices. Although the movies can be viewed on your TV (with an optional connecting cable), they're really designed to be seen on a computer screen, saved on your hard drive or CD-R, and shared with friends via e-mail.

Though it's not designed primarily as an MP3 player, the MC3's musical abilities are quite good. You get the full set of standard controls (including cue and review within a song), plus several equalizer settings, shuffle mode, and repeat. In addition, the LCD shows artist and title information, plus system settings. The built-in speaker (included primarily for audio playback of your movies) can also be used to play music, though sound quality is much better with headphones. Standard MP3 song files are transferred from your computer to the MC3 via a USB cable, using included software. There's no copy protection, so if you have a dedicated CompactFlash card reader, you can even transfer files directly to and from the memory card.

As a still camera, the MC3 is just OK. Resolution is 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels), which looks fine on a computer monitor but lacks enough detail to create photo-quality prints, even at snapshot sizes. Photo capabilities are simple to the point of crudeness--there's no flash, the lens is fixed focus, and everything is completely automatic. Still, it works fine for outdoor snapshots, which is where Kodak thinks you'll be using the device most often.

Kodak's software suite that comes with the MC3 adds a whole new dimension to your creativity. The simple-to-use VideoImpression program lets users blend footage and stills with their favorite songs, letting even absolute amateurs create professional-looking productions in a matter of minutes.

Instructions come with the MC3, but it's so well designed that they aren't really necessary. Using the device is as easy as sliding the four-position switch on the back to the appropriate mode (MP3, movie, still, or playback) and turning on the power. When you're ready to try the more advanced features, a screen-based menu system makes it easy to find your way around. Battery life was good, allowing us several hours of MP3 playback and lots of video recording and playback before we needed to replace the three AAA cells. The use of three batteries is a bit odd--most batteries and chargers are sold in twos or fours, so you'll either need to get your batteries 6 or 12 at a time, or use rechargeables and find a charger that lets you charge just three cells.

The MC3 uses standard Type I CompactFlash cards--the same type of cards used by many digital cameras and some PDAs and MP3 players. The device comes with either a 16 or 64 MB card, depending upon price, and cards are currently available from a number of manufacturers in capacities up to 256 MB. Our sample unit came with a 64 MB card, which gave us around 27 minutes of lower-quality video, 4 minutes of high-quality video, 65 minutes of high-quality MP3 music, 500 still pictures, or any combination in between. For our tests, 64 MB was ample, letting us store a dozen songs and leaving enough room for about 12 minutes of lower-quality video. When we started to run out of space for movies, we just deleted our least-favorite songs and started shooting again. Though the 16 MB card that comes with this model is enough to give you an idea of the MC3's potential, we think it's likely that most 16 MB MC3 purchasers will quickly upgrade to a larger card.

Public reaction to the MC3 has been incredible. Whenever we took it out for a test, strangers stopped us to find out more about it and try it for themselves. Something about the design--its sheer simplicity or its friendly design, perhaps--brings out users' creative sides. We found ourselves compensating for the lack of zoom by thrusting the camera closer to the action and shooting videos of scenes we'd never captured with a camcorder. Sure, the MC3 is more of a toy than a tool, but it's an extremely fun toy. It's not much more expensive than an ordinary MP3 player, but the added fun is immeasurable. Kodak has a hit on its hands.

Pros:

  • For about the same price as an ordinary MP3 player, you also get a video camera and digital camera
  • Well designed, with quality construction and simple controls
  • Lots of fun to use

Cons:

  • Reflective LCD panel hard to see in dimly lit areas
  • Power choice of 3 AAA batteries is a bit awkward
... Read more

Features

  • Combination device plays MP3 music files and captures digital stills and movies
  • Movies recorded in Quicktime format at 320 x 240 resolution
  • Included 16 MB CompactFlash card stores up to 6 1/2 minutes of video or 15 minutes of audio
  • Features a 1.6 inch color LCD display
  • Included software lets you mix video, audio, and stills on your computer

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars Does it all...but does nothing well
I bought this camera primarily for its mp3 and video capabilities. I already had a digital camera and its a good thing. The picture quality of the MC3 is very poor, so I use my other camera for photos. However, the movie capability is fun, though of relatively poor quality. I found that it's not worth using the mp3 player because, in order to download songs onto the camera, you have to use a complicated program. In addition, sufficient memory is too expensive to deal with. It would have been worth the extra money if Kodak had offered a flash--the camera is worthless inside or in low light. Two good points of the MC3 are its ease of use and its small size. But, that's about it. If you are considering purchasing the MC3 to take photos or play mp3's, don't waste your money. If you want a cheap digital video camera that just so happens to play mp3's and take pictures, you might want to purchase the MC3. But, I would look into other cameras before I would make the purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars mc3: Buy It!! It's worth the $$$
Kodak mc3: Versatile and Inexpensive Gadget

It's small, light, and rugged -- I take it everywhere -- school, the mall, vacation, hiking.

I've used it for: mp3s on a airplane, videos of fish while waist deep in the ocean, videos while sledding/snowboarding -- even duct taped it to a friends model airplane and flew it around -- (cool movie)!

Pictures: they look good if taken outdoors, or with some daylight -- (the lack of a flash is a clue to use mc3 mostly outdoors).

Video: it got two quality settings -- one is great if you've got a lot of motion and detail. The other is if you want small files (for email) or you want LONG (minutes) movies. The length of a movie clip is limited to the amount of free space on the card. Files are QuickTime -- but the software can change them to .avi. (HINT: buy the video cable -- and recorded your videos to VHS tape.)

mp3: has played 8 to 256 kbps mp3s; it has equalizer/repeat/shuffle; it displays title/artist/album info. Comes with a ripper and player software (RealJukebox for PCs; MusicMatch for Mac). Nice that it doesn't encrypt the mp3 file. (Comes w/ earbuds -- but I like the speaker. (Earbuds are nice for mp3s on the pc.))

Software: I've got both mac and pcs -- it was easy to install on both. Was able to get stuff on/off easy -- but I like the explorer window more than the mac. The picture and video editing programs are very cool! Go google search for "allan harris 1180 WHAM" for some videos a radio station has done using the mc3 product.

Three Comments: 1st -- you're going to use this A LOT -- go buy rechargeable batteries (two sets). (Although alkalines are handy when away from the charger.) 2nd -- Compact Flash Cards -- Big cards hold more, but cost more. What I do for a day is carry a 32MB card (w/ music) and three 8MB cards (for videos/pictures). Upload often. Or buy more cards. 3rd -- No light comes from the display, it is just a reflection. The display quality is like a good color display PDA. Pluses -- It's MUCH easier to see the display outdoors in direct sun light vs other camera displays -- and it's MUCH easier on the batteries. Minus -- It's harder to see it indoors -- but I think it is useable. (FYI: I've noticed that indoor pictures look better on the pc, than on the mc3 display.)

Summary: I love it! Simple controls -- my five year old uses it to take pictures and play music ("Sesame Street" on the airplane). I carry with me in a pack or by the wrist strap listening to mp3s all the time. When I want a picture or video, mc3 is there. Expensive cameras and video equipment are for special occasions -- the mc3 is for my every day stuff.

Punch Line: Simple, fun, easy, rugged, versatile, and inexpensive. Simple Elegance.

5-0 out of 5 stars best camcorder under $200
They should call this the MC1 because it's only useful as a camcorder. As a camcorder that is $120, it gets 5 stars. Everything else out there that is <$200 are ALL 10 frames per second. They claim to be cool but are extremely choppy and look like web cams. A TV is 30fps, movie theaters are 24fps and the MC3 is 20fps. Not perfect buy light years ahead of everything else. Yes it has other problems but nothing that the exact other brands don't have too. Face it; this is the best camcorder you are going to get for <$200. If you like choppy web cam action it will record in 10fps and give you 4X more recording. A 16mb card (included) will give you 1:17min @ 20fps, and a 256mb card will give you 20:06min @20fps. You should buy a 256mb card ($60 ebay) and at least 6 rechargeable AAA batteries + recharger ($25) I've spent days trying to find something better than this and still can't. This is the best of a the junk that is out there. If that means anything.

3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better and could be worse
Overall i would have to say this player is an ok device. i mean for the year it came out in (2000) it was the bomb. But now that so many other much kooler products have cam out i definitly would not recomened gettting it now. If you are serching for the same capacitys of the kodak mac3 i would say go for an Archos. It is a little more but also i s alot better. it can play divx because you can download movies stright from your tv or computer. if not the Archos Av 140 then go for the RCA LYRA 20 gb. If your looking for a low quality mc3 player but it gets the job done go for this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Light is your friend...
The only reason I got this little gadget was it's ability to do motion captures at 20fps. Unfortunately, it really only works in well-lit areas, even though the audio capture is surprisingly good. MP3 works well and image capture is mediocre to bad. But for all these features at under [money], it's actually quite a bargain. ... Read more


19. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with 3.0" LCD, Video Light & USB Streaming
by Sony
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B0000630MM
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2545
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

In a world increasingly dominated by digital, Hi8 offers a refreshingly good format for home video. Despite the big press that MiniDV, Digital8, and the new MicroMV have been getting, many people still prefer the tried and true Hi8. It offers the highest quality outside of digital and is a good choice for everyday shooting. As long as you just want to document your family's life, and send videos to grandma, you aren't really giving anything up.

The CCD-TRV608 is Sony's flagship Hi8 camcorder, and it offers an assortment of features that make it great for the average home videographer. Sporting a 3-inch color LCD and 20x optical zoom, there's really no situation that the TRV608 won't shoot well. Especially when you add in the NightShot mode, which switches the camera to an infrared shooting mode, and SteadyShot image stabilization, which helps eliminate those annoying shakes that accompany high zoom levels.

In addition to a few fader and picture effects, as well as some titling options, the CCD-TRV608 offers a unique USB streaming mode. Essentially, you connect your camcorder to a PC via USB, and with the addition of some provide software, you can stream live audio and video from the camcorder, capture stills, and playback recorded video scenes. ... Read more

Features

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 560x digital, zoom with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 3 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting
  • USB port for USB streaming when connected to a PC

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good camera
This is my first camcorder of any kind. i have used other types, VHS, VHS-C, 8mm, but this is probably the best that i have used. It's easy to learn the basics with and takes really great videos. The USB streaming capability is really easy to use and works great. Pixela seems to pixilate(spelling?) the movies, but it's nothing that really hurts and it's that severe. The NightShot is great, the lamp is really good, and the camera has a few little effects for the pictures. No big complaints except a remote would be nice for playback, and a colored viewfinder. But with a 3" color LCD screen, the chance that someone will use the viewfinder is small. i recomend this camera to anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot on a good quality camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for some, bad for others
This overall is a great camcorder. I used it for a year and had very little trouble with it. I've made a list of good and bad things about this camcorder that will hopefully help you in your decision.

First the good stuff

1.It has a nice big LCD screen for easy viewing when recording

2.There are plenty of different features for recording in different lights

3.It has OK sound and picture quality

4.It is good for families, groups, teachers or anyone else who just needs a good quality camera for a cheap price that they can use to to record family outings exc...

Now for the bad stuff.

1. The size of the camera is a little big. it is hard to hold for long periods of time and somewhat heavy (if you have a tripod and you use it this shouldn't be too much of a problem).

2. the battery life could be better (only about 50-60 minuets with the LCD screen).

3. the sound is a bit metallic, and the picture doesn't show reds or yellows well.

4.if you have the need to edit your recordings it will be very hard and somewhat expensive with this camera. If you want to edit, I would definitely recommend a digital camcorder instead because it will be much easier for you to edit your videos (this was my big mistake and I had to sell it for a Sony digital).

If this review has helped you or if you want to ask me any technical questions, e-mail me at dave_lancer@hotmail.com

2-0 out of 5 stars Ignore the USB Streaming
While this is a decent Analog camcorder, don't expect much from the USB streaming feature. The maximum frame rate over USB is 320x240, which is half the minimum recommended for creating a DVD out of a home movie. If you want to get the video from your tapes onto a computer or DVD, expect to purchase a separate video capture device or card.

To make matters worse, the bundled software doesn't let you capture more than thirteen minutes of video at a time before it crashes and claims the drive is out of disk space. regardless of how much disk space you really have avaliable. This happens even when recording to NTFS volumes, which do not have the 4 gig file size limit of Fat32.

Most third party programs will also have issues using the camcorder's USB streaming features. The drivers create an eclectic audio device that many video capture programs can't see, so you'll have to use a separate audio cable unless you like the idea of not having any sound. Roxio's products are among the many that can't find use audio driver.

In short, it's a decent camcorder, assuming you compare it to other devices as though the USB streaming feature didn't exist, because for all practical purposes, they doesn't.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great camera, but missing important feature
This is a great camera. We use it a lot. I love the night shot, the steady shot works great and it has a lot of other nice features. Everything on it works great all the time. The light metering and auto focus work very well too.

There is only one problem that really frustrates me. It has a right and a left microphone and records in stereo, but there is no way to get stereo playback through the analog A/V output. That's certainly one of the cheapest things I've seen in products that I've bought. It's very disapointing from a name like Sony.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the money
The picture on this camera is good and it needs very little light. However, the colors are not quite as accurate as I had hoped for Hi8. Perhaps digital would have been better, but the price was a factor. I shopped around and found Amazon had the best price available. ... Read more


20. Sony CCDTRV118 Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD
by Sony
list price: $319.99
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Asin: B000086G06
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2202
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Sony's compact, affordable CCD-TRV118 Handycam camcorder offers a great combination of Sony design, powerful features, and a low price. It features a 20x optical zoom, 560x digital zoom, a black-and-white viewfinder, and a 2.5-inch color swivel LCD (61,000 pixels).

Optics

  • 1/6-inch CCD with 320,000 gross pixels
  • 20X optical zoom
  • 560x digital zoom
  • f1.6-f2.4
  • Focal distance: 2.5-50mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/60 to ¼,000 (AE Mode)

More Features
Now you can capture video even in total darkness. Sony's NightShot system uses infrared light to capture images invisible to the human eye. You can shoot subjects such as a sleeping baby at up to 10 feet away in total darkness. With the optional HVL-IRC NightShot light, you can even capture images from up to 100 feet away.

Sony's Stamina power management system and InfoLithium battery give the TRV118 incredible operating time. To keep tabs on battery life, Sony's AccuPower meter displays the number of minutes remaining--right in the viewfinder

Hi8 Format
In a world increasingly dominated by digital, Hi8 offers a refreshingly good format to shoot in. Despite the press that MiniDV, Digital8, and the new MicroMV have been getting, many people still prefer the tried and true Hi8. Hi8 offers the highest quality outside of digital, and is a good choice for everyday shooting. As long as you just want to document your family's life, and send videos to grandma, you aren't really giving anything up.

Size, and Contents
The TRV118 measures 3.63 by 4.00 by 7.88 inches and weighs 1 pound 12 ounces. This package includes the TRV118 camcorder, power adaptor/in-camera charger (AC-L15), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FM30), mono AV cable, lens cap, and shoulder strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Affordable Hi8 camcorder with 20x optical, 560x digital zoom
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting
  • Built-in light, easy dubbing features
  • Comes with NP-FM30 InfoLithium battery; Stamina power management system

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST CAMCORDER
This is the first Camcorder that I ever had and I'm really pleased with the purchase I made. This camcorder is easy to use, understand, and handle. In few minutes I began to play with it.
The only thing I regret is not for the purchase but if I knew better, I would bought model Sony CCDTRV318 Hi8 Camcorder because it has steady shot and other features that for a difference of $30.00 its worth spending.

5-0 out of 5 stars feel like a director
this unit is a very good camera for the price. for my first camcorder i didn't want to go digital, for the simple fact of the price. all the functions are very easy to learn and all the buttons are placed in an area that you can use just one hand to activate them. the night vision mode is awesome, it's like an army movie and you can see in pitch black with supplied light. in conclusion buy the damn thing and you won't be dissapointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Start
This camera is a great start for any person who has never done filming before. The camcorder has many tecniques to experience with I am only 13 and I have never filmed before. This was a great choice for my first camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent camcorder
Being the first camcorder that I have, I can't really compare this with others. However, this camcorder is pretty decent. It's small and lightweight thus great for travel companion. The playback quality is pretty good. It may look blurry if you watch it on the LCD, but looks much better when you plug it to your TV. It uses Hi-8 tape, which is more expensive compare to 8mm. The nightshot feature is not that great, it's blurry (black and white of course). So if you are buying this camcorder for its nightshot capability, I'd suggest browsing for a different one. The battery only lasts about 80-90 minutes (with LCD screen and non-continuous recording), and it takes about 2.5 hours to fully charge it.
Overall, it is still a good camcorder, especially for beginners and for daily use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera
I previously had a Sharp viewcam, but, after 4 years it went dead. I decided to stay with the Hi-8 because my old tapes were in Hi-8, and didn't want the extra expense of going digital. I am very happy with this camera. The night-shot is a great feature - it's really amazing, you can tape your baby sleeping in a pitch black room if you want. If you're looking for a Hi-8 camera, this is an excellent choice. ... Read more


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