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1. Sony DCR-TRV480 Digital8 Handycam
Too low to display $199.88 list($229.99)
2. Samsung SCL906 Hi8 Camcorder
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3. SONY Digital 8mm Video Walkman
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4. Sony CCD-TRV138 Hi8 Handycam Camcorder
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5. Sony CCDTRV328 Hi8 Analog Handycam
$249.99 Too low to display list($299.99)
6. Sony CCDTRV128 Hi8 Analog Handycam
$208.88 list($299.99)
7. Sharp VLAH151U Hi8 Viewcam W/
$214.99 list($329.99)
8. Sharp VL-A10U 3" Color LCD Hi8
$319.88
9. SONY DCR-TRV285E PAL Digital-8
$378.50
10. SONY DCR-TRV265E PAL System Digital
list($799.00)
11. Sony CCDTRV43 Handycam Hi8 Camcorder
$288.95 list($349.99)
12. Sony CCDTRV318 Hi8 Camcorder with
list($449.99)
13. Sony CCDTRV608 Hi8 Camcorder with
$249.94 list($319.99)
14. Sony CCDTRV118 Hi8 Camcorder with
$328.99
15. SONY CCD-TRV428E PAL System Hi-8
list($499.99)
16. Sony DCRTRV140 Digital8 Camcorder
list($499.99)
17. Sharp VLE630U Hi8 Viewcam Camcorder
list($249.99)
18. Samsung SCL810 Hi8 Camcorder with
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19. Samsung SCL860 Hi8 Palmcorder
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20. Sony CCDTRV308 Hi8 Camcorder with

1. Sony DCR-TRV480 Digital8 Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0007M3PJY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 143
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Digital8 record/play, Hi8/8mm play only * digital photo mode * MPEG Movie EX mode * compatible with Memory Stick or Memory Stick PRO® (available separately) * 460,000-pixel CCD * 2-1/2" color touch-panel LCD * ... Read more

Features

  • Backward compatible with 8mm, Hi8 and Digital8 video tapes
  • Grow into digital video recording with a Digital8 Handycam camcorder that lets you watch all of your old analog video tapes in addition to filming new digital videos
  • 1/6-inch CCD Imager with 460K effective pixels
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 990x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inches SwivelScreen touch panel LCD display

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars A versatile choice
If you're looking to make that digital transition from your old 8mm, this one gives you the best of both worlds at an affordable price.This camcorder allows you to digitize all of your old analog tapes.I figured that with all of the additional features it has compared to the TRV280, it was worth 50 more bucks to go with the TRV480.

But if you plan on converting your stack of 8mms, you'd better give yourself some time.Capturing video and burning a "VCD" is a slow process.Depending on the speed of your computer it will probably take several hours per tape.So far I have only tried it with the provided USB cable.I would consider going with another cable and maybe even some other software.I've only had the camera for a couple of days, and so far all I have used it for is converting.I'll update this review in the near future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Camera is Nice, Software is Useless
I bought my Sony DCR-TRV480 a week ago, to replace a 9-year-old Sony Hi8 model.My primary requirements were for a model that would make it easy to capture aging 8mm tapes on DVD media, and provide 5-10 years of use for more family videos.My first reactions are that the camera will do the job, but that the provided DVD/VCD software is useless.I have not really tested the camera functions yet, beyond generating a few minutes of digital tape to play with for quality comparisons.Thus I must limit my thoughts to the software and the camera interface to my PC.[See my update below.]

My first goal was to capture some minutes of preexisting material on my PC to learn the process and explore the software.After diligently reading the manual, I discovered that to burn DVDs with the Sony software, you must own a Sony VIAO computer.Otherwise you are stuck with direct burning of VCDs, and that without any true editing capabilities.Further, Sony's software will only capture to MPEG-2 format with the use of a firewire/I-link/IEEE 1394 connection (not provided), and does not work with USB2.The direct VCD format is (I believe) MPEG-1.

That said, after an hour of reading and experimenting, I was able to burn a VCD from a preexisting tape using the provided USB2 cable.The process requires starting the application on the PC, then initiating the burn from the camera.(Be patient, it can take 20-40 seconds for the camera and software to shake hands and get to it.)Recording begins at the current location on the tape, puts in chapter marks at fixed (but configurable) time intervals, and quits when it sees a gap on the tape.The camera appears to be in control of the process.The manual does NOT say that the camera will refuse to start the process if you have not inserted a completely new CDR in your burner.It also automatically finishes the disk when blank tape is found, so you cannot add more segments to a half full disk.This will waste a lot of CD space if you have more than a few gaps on your original tapes (something I am very guilty of ;-)).After wasting 5-6 CDRs, I was pretty frustrated.The clincher was a number of computer lockups, apparently from some of the software failing to close when instructed to do so.(My OS is Win2K Pro on a new 2.8Ghz P4).

At this point, I was considering returning the camera.Luckily, my burner (from TDK) came with Roxio's DVDMax software, and I decided to see if it would do better.It did.I spent 5 minutes with the DVDMax tutorial, then set DVDMax to capture the USB2 input stream, and just hit play on the camera.Video worked on the first try, with Audio coming along when I realized that I was pointing the software at the wrong source.It was easy to capture segments, though the two devices are not linked at the control level, meaning that you have to start the camera playback and click the record button on the PC separately, the old fashioned way.The resulting quality from a variety of old tapes (standard 8mm, Hi8, new digital) is adequate for home movies, when set at 640x480 (I do not expect professional quality results, however much I would wish for them, especially with my older analog tapes).The Sony software limited me to a lower resolution when using the USP cable, though I should note that the manual suggests that higher quality is possible with a firewire connection.I am intending to test this in the next week or so, once I can buy the cable.I believe that DVDMax was able to get the higher 640x480 resolution through the USB cable, but I have not confirmed that at this writing.

After building a test movie with DVDMax, and checking it on the system in the living room, I deleted all of Sony's software, except the base driver, and will happily live without it.If you buy Sony, you will want to do the same, and use DVDMax or some other third party tool to capture, manage, and burn your movies on a PC.

UPDATE:I bought the Firewire cable (6 pin to 4 pin) and tested the capture system again with Roxio's DVD Builder.The camera and software linked up immediately, with the PC controlling the camera as needed.The camera delivered 720x480 frames with no problems, giving me a sample from a 15 year old standard 8mm tape, a newer Hi8 tape, and some Digital 8 footage taken with the new camera.Both the analog recordings were much better than the earlier test with the USB2 connection.The Digital 8 recording was excellent, though still not commercial quality.I expect I can get a further improvement on all my material if I get software with better rendering capabilities, which is the next purchase on my list.The Digital 8 recording also automatically separates out segments for editing with each record/standby transition you film, which is a nice feature for the future.The camera cannot do this for either analog format.

I have also been able to test the camera modestly.The zoom is better than my old camera, able to frame a large bird at 150 feet (optically, not digitally).Like all small camcorders, stability when zoomed in is a problem, but no worse than on our old camera.I do not like the zoom control:it is small and very sensitive.You use your right index finger to push/pull a small protruding control.With my large hands, I found it at the edge of awkward.A two-button design would have been much better.As for the rest, only time will tell. ... Read more


2. 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


3. SONY Digital 8mm Video Walkman
by Sony

our price: $549.94
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Asin: B00006JQQ6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7183
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sony GVD-200 Digital8 video walkman is a portable, all-digital solution for downloading and editing video from Digital8 camcorders. It is also backward compatible with Hi8 and 8mm camcorders. This lightweight, portable unit lets you edit together 20 segments into a movie or presentation without the need for a PC.

The built in Assemble Editor lets you mark cut-in and cut-out points for up to 20 separate scenes. Use the Video Walkman as your source VCR, while controlling almost any remote capable camcorder or VCR, via Infrared, as your recorder. The Index Titler enables you to choose from 8 preset titles (such as Happy Birthday) or create custom titles (up to 22 characters) in 2 sizes, 7 colors, and 9 positions. The 2x playback allows for high-speed playback in forward and reverse, while the 2x playback zoom feature allows you to zoom into a selected area of the video.

Other features include:

    Included AC adapter; also compatible with optional InfoLithium batteries (NP-F550, NP-F750, or NP-F960)
  • Time Base Correction (TBC) replaces the video signal with a clean sync pulse, to correct timing errors
  • Digital Noise Reduction reduces chromanance (color) noise by 20% when recording
  • S-Video and composite input/output
  • PCM stereo digital audio
  • Sony's Crystal Clear still/slow motion and frame-by-frame advance

Tech Talk

  • Digital8 video: The Digital8 format, created by Sony, delivers high-quality digital video and audio, with up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution and either 12-bit or 16-bit PCM digital stereo audio.
  • PCM digital stereo audio: PCM stands for Pulse Code Modulation, which is the type of stereo digital audio system that is used on compact discs. Digital video cameras can record at the 16-bit level on two channels (CD-quality sound) or the 12-bit level, which divides the audio into four tracks (two recorded and two saved for postproduction editing and dubbing).
  • i.LINK: Sony's terminology for the IEEE 1394 standard for high-speed transfer of digital information. IEEE 1394 allows loss-free digital transfers between camcorders and PCs or other peripherals. If your computer has an IEEE 1394 port, you can transfer, edit, and save video from your IEEE 1394-equipped camcorder.

What's in the Box
Sony GVD-200 Digital8 video walkman, AC adapter/charger (C-L10A), RCA video cable, and mini male connecter to RCA female cable. ... Read more

Features

  • The Sony GV-D200 is an ultra portable VCR for recording and playing Digital-8 format videocassette tapes
  • Also plays Hi-8 and regular 8mm videocassettes
  • Integrated 20-segment assemble editing allows editing of up to 20 assembled scenes at a time
  • Built-in IEEE1394 FireWire iLink interface port allows easy and direct connectivity with digital camcorders and DV equipped Vaio and other comparably equipped computer systems
  • Composite ports allow tapes to be viewed on any TV

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for playing back old hi8/8mm tapes
If you are like me and have tons of old 8mm (or Hi8) tapes lying around, this 8mm Walkman is perfect. I upgraded to MiniDV but forgot to transfer my old 8mm tapes before giving my Canon 8mm camcorder away, so with this I'm not stuck with useless tapes. It plays back regular 8mm, Hi8, and also Sony's Digital8 formats. You can hook it up to a VCR or TV, and even to a DV-savvy PC. I capture my 8mm videos to my Fujitsu LifeBook C2210 laptop, using Windows Movie Maker 2 (download for free on Microsoft's website). I'm now about 40% done with transfering my old tapes, but I also enjoy hooking this up to my TV and playing back old tapes and re-living old memories. Ah, how time just flies... ... Read more


4. Sony CCD-TRV138 Hi8 Handycam Camcorder
list price: $289.99
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Asin: B0007M3PJ4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 723
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Product Description

The CCD-TRV138 provides high quality video and audio recording. It includes NightShot Plus Infrared Recording for capturing video in No Light (0 Lux) and provides a built-in light LED for capturing video in vivid color while in difficult lighting situations.Quality Video and Audio at a Great Value with Hi8 Video Recording Keep Subjects in Sight with 2.5-inch Swivelscreen LCD Monitor Get up Close with 20x Optical and 990x Digital Zoom NightShot Plus 0 Lux Recording Captures Beauty Even in Darkness Easy Handycam Button Resets Your Camcorder Settings Back to Auto Mode With the Battery infor Button You'll Never Run Out of Juice Video Hi8 Recording - Records outstanding video quality up to 400 lines of horizontal resolution with Hi-Fi sound on affordable 8mm and Hi8 tapes.1/6-inch CCD Imager, 320K Pixels Gross - 1/6-inch CCD Imager with 200K (effective) pixels provides great detail and clarity along with exceptional analog video performance.20X Optical/990X Digital Zoom - The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition the Digital Zoom Interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.2.5-inch SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K Pixels) ... Read more

Features

  • NightShot Plus infrared system
  • Sony's CCD-TRV138 Handycam camcorder offers outstanding Hi8 video and Hi-Fi sound recording at an affordable price
  • 1/6-inch CCD imager with 200K effective pixels
  • 2.5-inches SwivelScreen LCD display
  • 20x optical zoom lens with 990x digital zoom

5. Sony CCDTRV328 Hi8 Analog Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
by Sony
list price: $329.99
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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


6. 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


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. Sharp VL-A10U 3" Color LCD Hi8 ViewCam
by Sharp
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B00004SY5K
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 5978
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The standard 8mm format and 16x power zoom of the Sharp VL-A1OU Viewcam provide all you need for easy home video recording and playback. Its 3-inch onscreen display with 270-degree swivel and high-capacity battery pack make it user friendly and efficient.It features digital gamma brightness compensation and full-range autofocus to make clearer pictures. For unique and personal recordings, this Viewcam sports a customizable and standard message title writer, as well as four digital picture effects for B&W, sepia, solarized, and negative images. An infrared remote control is supplied so you have the freedom to sit back and watch while your Viewcam does the work. The compact size and manageable weight make it ideal for travel and packing. ... Read more

Features

  • 16x power zoom
  • 3-inch color LCD view screen with 270-degree swivel
  • 4 special effects
  • Title writer with customized or preset titles
  • High-capacity NiMH battery pack for longer recording

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use... easy to need repair
I had this camera for little over a 1.5 yrs. It need repairs FIVE TIMES! The last three times it was sent in, the problem wasn't fixed so Sears let me trade for a newer version, VL-AH151U, free of charge. I didn't even need a warranty. GOD BLESS SEARS!

4-0 out of 5 stars All new options with the lowest price
Its a very good camcorder, it has all options with the lowest price in the market. Since I leaved near a high voltage cable ligne, the picture copied from the camcorder to the VCR videotape was unstable, also if you record near any high voltage cable the picture will show instability.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love my New Sharp Viewcam
This is my third camcorder. I have had a VHS camcorder it was heavy and had a little view finder. Then I had a VHS-C It was a little better. But It was still hard to use. You had to put the tapes into the tape adapter. It was hard to try to operate it and look through the viewfinder. I just bought this Sharp Viewcam and I love it. I have a lazy right eye and using the other camcorders I had to use my left eye. It was kinda hard. The Sharp viewcam I don't have to use just one eye I can use both. I can video tape and use the special affects without stopping and trying to find the right button. They are right there on the screen. And when I did playback throught my VCR the picture was great. I think I made a right choice. Because the Sharp viewcam is fun and easy to use. I a mom on three kids and I want to be able to catch special events. And I know with this camcorder I will have fun taping things the kids do.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
This is a great price for such a fantastic camera! It's amazing! Great for home movies and the effects are a nice touch. It's light-weight, too, so you can take it anywhere! I'd give this camera 500 stars if i could!

2-0 out of 5 stars not satisfied
I've owned the camera two years and it's needed repair twice. The camera must be sent off and takes about six weeks to two months for return. It is now needing repair once more ... also it is difficult to see images in bright sunlight. ... Read more


9. 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

10. SONY DCR-TRV265E PAL System Digital 8(R) Camcorder -- IMPORTED
by Sony

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Asin: B0001N7SWY
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5374
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Features

  • Records on Digital 8(R) or regular 8mm tapes
  • USB connectivity
  • Steadyshot Stabilization counteracts any unsteadiness introduced by your hands
  • High stamina battery life

11. 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


12. 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


13. 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


14. 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


15. SONY CCD-TRV428E PAL System Hi-8 Camcorder
by Sony

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Asin: B0001N7SWO
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2615
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Features

  • THIS CAMCORDER WAS MADE FOR USE IN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE U.S. -- IT COMES WITH NO APPLICABLE U.S. WARRANTY & REQUIRES A PAL FORMAT TV OR MONITOR FOR PLAYBACK
  • Bring home more than just rapidly fading memories -- with this Hi-8 Camcorder you can view memorable moments again and again in rich detail and vivid color!
  • Large 2.5 SwivelScreen(TM) LCD display
  • NightShot Plus infrared recording system
  • Powerful 20X optical zoom with 990X digital enhancement

16. Sony DCRTRV140 Digital8 Camcorder with 2.5" LCD, Video Light & USB Streaming
by Sony
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000634T4
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2298
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

You can find digital camcorders for slightly less than the Sony DCR-TRV140, but you won't get Sony's quality and extensive feature list. Captured video proved to be of high quality, whether we viewed it on our TV or transferred it to our PC via the speedy FireWire connection or USB.

The USB connection can also be used for setting up the TRV140 as a Webcam via their USB streaming technology. It took some playing around with the Pixela Image Mixer software before we could get the device working properly. In general, a dedicated Webcam would be a better device for this purpose.

But as a digital camcorder, we were quite pleased with the TRV140. Its 20x optical zoom (and 560x digital zoom) allowed for extreme close-ups, while the Super NightShot infrared mode allowed us to record in complete darkness. The mode automatically adjusted the shutter speed during night recording, resulting in a brighter, sharper image than Sony's normal NightShot mode.

The TRV140 isn't without faults. It won't accept inputted video or play back old Hi-8 or 8mm tapes recorded in analog mode, and the battery lasted only about an hour during our tests. But you can purchase Sony's optional NP-FM91 battery pack, which extends battery life to over 10 hours.

The TRV140 has the typical boxiness of the Handycam, but it weighs only a little more than two pounds, with battery. It's comfortable to hold, and its button layout will prove quite familiar to previous Handycam users. It also comes with a remote control for handling the camera's functions from a distance.

Selling for under $500, the TRV140 is a great digital camcorder for users who intend to edit video on their PCs for distribution to the Web for or burning to CD or DVD. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • 20x optical zoom
  • Super NightShot mode
  • High-quality digital video

Cons:

  • Somewhat short battery life
  • Can't play back analog Hi-8 or 8mm
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Features

  • Digital8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 560x digital, zoom with image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • Features a digital photo mode
  • Comes with NightShot mode and digital faders and effects

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars High Quality Digital8 Recording
The DCR-TRV140 is Sony's lowest level digital camcorder, but it is not low-level at all. It records picture at a stunning 520 lines of resolution and sound in PCM digital stereo. You can truly see the difference in picture quality between Digital and Hi8 or VHS-C. The Digital8 system records digital pictures on inexpensive Hi8 tapes. It's got an incredibly large 20x optical zoom. Optical zoom is the most importaint type of zoom because there is no loss of picture quality. It also has a 560x digital zoom which is less importaint because, the farther you zoom, the worse the picture quality gets. One of the most amazing features of this camcorder is the Infared Super NightShot. What it does is project an infared light, invisible to the human eye, allowing you to see in no light at all. It comes with various special effects and fade options. The FM30 InfoLithium battery allows use for 3 hours (1 hour w/LCD). It includes an i.Link DV Interface (IEEE1394) for editing video on your computer. It also allows you to have streaming video via USB. This camcorder is a good, moderately priced introduction to digital video with features surpassing those of other brands.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Digital8 is all you need for hi-res digital videos!
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF DIGITAL8 a 520 line video & hi-fi stereo!!

The DCR-TRV140 Digital8 Video camera recorder (Digital Only). This camcorder is awesome. This is Sony's introductory level Digital8 model. The DCR-TRV-140 is a low price, high value, versatile and sophisticated video cam. This is all you will ever need.

Bottomline - This is what you get; uses Hi8 or Digital8 video tape (the simple difference is a 120 minute Hi8 tape converts to a 60 minute Digital8), 20x Optical Zoom (Most important zoom which maintains hi-res feature), 560x digital zoom ( loses hi-res feature when magnified - I recommend staying with OPTICAL ZOOM ONLY!), 2.5 hi-res color LCD screen (opens 90 degrees & can be rotated 180 degrees with an auto mirror image), built-in light with 5 foot range, remote control & sensor, Steady shot (stabilizer), USB streaming, DVIn/Out - Sony iLink (BEST FEATURE - A 4 pin 2 way FireWire(IEEE-1394) for direct digital video & stereo transfer with no signal loss), digital effects, frame recording, hi-fi sound, interval (lapse) recording, SUPER NightShot ( shooting in a dark room without light), backlit feature ( allows to subdue rear light to increase foreground subjects lighting) and much, much more.

This camcorder comes with a 3 hour battery (its real life is about 75 minutes using the LCD screen. The actual battery time remaining is displayed on the LCD screen. The stabilizer eliminates the camera jitter and the hi-res digital pictures are awesome. The supplied video cables allow you to hook up to a tv or vcr. The video transfer via USB (with supplied PC software) or the awesome Sony iLink (FireWire)allows a 2 way direct digital link to a DVD recorder (ie Philips DVDR-985, DVD+RW (rewriteable) or DVD+R (one time) SEE MY DVDR-985 REVIEW).

In Summary - this is an OUTSTANDING DIGITAL8 Video Camcorder. Again this a DIGITAL ONLY unit. The DVR-TRV140 is a great economical way to move into the hi-res (520 line) digital world. Transferring to PC or DVD burner is so simple and digital pictures & hfi stereo sound is the only way to go. Enjoy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Eject tape broke and Sony won't fix it
We had been very happy with this camcorder - until we pulled it out to take Christmas pictures of our 15-month old son and the camcorder wouldn't record. It wouldn't eject the tape, and after repeated calls to customer service, we've been told that they'll pay for parts, but the labor to fix it is just over $200. Unfortunately even though we've only used the camcorder for under 15 hours, we're outside the 90 days for labor warranty (who'd have thought the camcorder would be unusable after under 15 hours of use?).

Still waiting on a callback from customer service, but having gone up 4 levels already, it's not looking like they'll fix the product.

Think our model will be headed for the trash - and we'll be looking at anything BUT Sony for future purchases. I would definitely steer clear of a Sony after this experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great starter digital camcorder
When I first started to look at camcorders I didn't know exactly what I wanted. The number of features was overwhelming and I wasn't sure which ones would prove valuable. I ended up decided on a set of core features: digital recording, reasonable size, good zoom and computer connectivity.

I finally ended up with the TRV-140 and it has been great. It is a standard handcam size, which means it fits comfortably in your hand but isn't tiny. The 20x optical zoom is very nice. I have yet to need the digital zoom and haven't even considered buying a telephoto lens.

To connect the camera to your computer all you need is a firewire card and the right cable (4 pin to 6 pin). Transferring video was as simple as connecting the cable. Windows XP immediately recognized the camera and I was able to capture and edit film using the MovieMaker software included with XP.

My only complaint is the battery life. The standard battery doesn't last very long, especially if you use the LCD. Consider picking up a second battery when you purchase the camcorder. Sony has a couple of offerings, but all are rather expensive. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the compatible batteries made by Duracell or Ray-o-vac.

5-0 out of 5 stars I bought one too
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Its a very good camera for the price and as my old camera was a hi-8 canon Ex1 I didnt have to go out and buy new tapes either as the 140e uses hi-8 tapes. I didnt use the pixelA software as it is rubbish, instead I use Pinnacles Studio8 which allows me to download and convert my video to burn to cd or dvd between different formats. Firewire works well and all functions are simple to use. Image quality is good.

The only blots on its copybook are for me the disabled control facilities from the higher models (you can re-enable them if you know what you are doing) and the lack of DV in (again this can be fixed) finally the lack of an external mic socket...which I'm looking into sorting out...

overall...very good buy.

Ray. ... Read more


17. Sharp VLE630U Hi8 Viewcam Camcorder
by Sharp
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00000J4HN
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sharp
Sales Rank: 7291
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Sharp VL-E630U uses Sharp's unique Viewcam design, with a 270-degree pivoting lens that lets you comfortably and easily shoot from any position. It offers a large, bright 3-inch LCD screen and 16x zoom, plus titling, auto and manual focus, macro mode, gain-up for low-light situations, wide-screen recording mode, fade, back-light compensation, four exposure presets, and a remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • 8mm format
  • 3-inch fingerprint-reduced LCD
  • 270-degree variable-angle recording
  • 0.8 lux low-light recording capability
  • Includes remote control

Reviews (13)

1-0 out of 5 stars Inside Noise
I received this camcorder for Christmas. I have always had a noise coming from the inside of the camcorder. In the beginning the noise wasn't that noticeable. But over time the noise had gotten louder. I used the recommended cleaning tapes, but didn't seem to work. According to the manual, there's the possibility of the video head being worn. The repair will cost to much to fix. I have a friend with the same camcorder, and hers is broke also. The only difference between the two, is mine will still record, but the noise is louder, and hers won't record at all. There are a lot better choices than this camcorder.

4-0 out of 5 stars That s a good cam
Hello.....i think thas its a good videocam...but i would like to know...where can i buy a charger for this model?..I am living in Tampa...but..I couldnt find it...please...help me.

3-0 out of 5 stars looks good
looks good would like to c it in person though

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for basketball games!
With two boys starting on the varsity basketball team here in Roberts, Montana, this camera has been GREAT! Good, clear picture and easy to handle. MUCH better than my old one! Thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool Cam
This camera is so fun, not to mention affordable! It is light, durable (Ive even dropped it a few times) and totally easy to use. I take it everywhere. Be sure to get extra batteries though because they wear out before you know it. ... Read more


18. Samsung SCL810 Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5 LCD
by SAMSUNG
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00008E00I
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 2781
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easy-Q easy navigator system
  • 22x optical and 880x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inchTFT LCD screen
  • Black and white view finder
  • Backlight compensation

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder!
I bought this camera as soon as we found out my wife was pregnant. We got it @ Target and have loved it. Especially for the price. The zoom is good -- 22x optical. I am not sure what the other reviewer is talking about with the cheap buttons-- the whole thing feels real high quality. I dropped it on cement once and it didn't do anything except scratch it. My wife likes the effects (negative, sepia, mirror, etc.) We have had the camera for 18 months and have had no problems with it at all. The battery actually lasts along time even when I use the flip out lcd screen. However with the spotlight on it does drain it about twice as fast. If you need a good reliable camera but don't want to plunk down big dollars, this is a great choice. My only complaint is the fade in/out button is under the flip out lcd screen, so if you want to fade you have to open the flip, a small annoyance. But all in all a great camera that has worked flawlessly since I bought it.

4-0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for!
There I was, ready to open a box filled with goodies- including a new camcorder. I opened the box and was excited to find the thing worked, okay. Soon, though, the fun died when I charged it, "Wow," says I, "This charges quickly!" After video taping a few different things I realized, "Hey, it doesn't even last a half an hour, fully charged!" Don't get me wrong, it has a terrific zoom, 22X optical, and it has some decsent digital effects. The sound quality is high and good, and the LCD displays a clear picture. Not bad, but it could be improved...

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Camera Ever!!!!
I have used my camcorder about 5 times, on my 7 month old's 1st trip to Disneyland I went to change the tape at the end of recording, and put a new tape in. After changing the tape, the camera would no longer play nor record. Of course I was just out of the 1 year limited warranty, and now it will cost almost as much to fix the camera as it would to buy a whole new one. It has never been dropped, nor mistreated. It just stopped recording or playing for no reason at all. What a waste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars the camera eficiently
this camera works very well iv dark rooms. when you are whit your gril friend in a dark room , you and she no anybody, this camcorder help you to capture your life best time! be carefull!

4-0 out of 5 stars PAL 60 SYSTEM
I'VE JUST BOUGHT THIS CAMCORDER AT AN AMERICAN PX STORE IN IRAQ. IM BRITISH AND SERVING HERE IN IRAQ. IT IS MY FIRST CAMCORDER AND WAS RECOMMENDED TO ME. I'M A BIT WEARY THOUGH ABOUT BEING ABLE TO VIEW MY RECORDINGS ON MY TV IN BRITAIN WHICH IS PAL 60 AND MY CAM IS NTSC. I AM AWARE IT HAS PAL 60 COMPATABILITY BUT AFTER READIN A REVIEW I'M QUITE SCEPTICAL WETHER IM GOING TO HAVE PROBLEMS VIEWING MY RECORDINGS IN BRITAIN ON A PAL. CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH THIS QUERY? AS ITS NTFC, WILL THIS CAUSE ME PROBLEMS FOR VIEWING ON PAL 60 TV????? ... Read more


19. Samsung SCL860 Hi8 Palmcorder Camcorder
by SAMSUNG
list price: $279.99
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Asin: B00008IO6N
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 2033
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easy-Q easy navigator system
  • 22x optical and 880x digital zoom
  • 2.5-inchTFT LCD screen
  • Black and white view finder
  • Backlight compensation

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars I had a deception
I buy a Samsung SCL-860 and I hoped to can use on a PAL VCR, but when I try to record on my VCR with PAL60 features I had a real deception because my recording is black and white. What can I do now?

5-0 out of 5 stars great camcorder
I have had this camcorder for about a year. I have not had any trouble with it. I take it to the drag races with me. With the great zoom I can record the cars all the way to the end of the quarter mile track. The battery life is great. It recharges quickly. This is a great camcorder at a great price. It's really easy to operate. I would recommend it highly.

4-0 out of 5 stars good item
I think this is a great camcorder for someone on a tight budget, but I don't like the fact that there is no cartridge to play the Hi-8 tape in the vcr there is a cord you hook your camcorder to the vcr with and use the camcorder almost as a vcr to play the tapes and you hae to record the Hi-8 on to a vhs from your vcr in order to not have to use your camcorder. The only good part about that is that you can use the Hi-8 tape as many times as you need to and then jsut record it on to a vhs and reuse the Hi-8 tape.

5-0 out of 5 stars Qns
Do you know how to reposition the tape after record and subsequent playback? I did it manually but there is a gap (or noise) in between two vedio recordings. I know sony has 'end search' function which reposition the head to end of last recording so that the next vedio doesn't show any gap from. Can you do that in SCL 8600? Other than this function I found this product very nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great First time user camcorder.
Love it! Very light, easy to use, priced just right. Couldn't ask for more in the buget frame. I highly recommend this item! ... Read more


20. Sony CCDTRV308 Hi8 Camcorder with 2.5"LCD and Video Light
by Sony
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000630ML
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2520
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Hi8 camcorder
  • 20x optical, 460x digital, zoom with SteadyShot image stabilization
  • 2.5 inch color LCD and black and white EVF
  • NightShot infrared mode for lowlight shooting
  • Comes with NP-FM30 InfoLithium battery

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder
I just got the CCD-TRV-308 camcorder and it is awesome!! The only thing is is that you cant edit your film on your computer you can just play it back. I give 4 - 4 1/2 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little camera for the money
I've been trying to buy a video camera for the past 6 years (ever since my first monster bought in 1990 died). I finally bit the bullet since this camera seemed so reasonable and so highly-rated. I'm happy with every aspect of this camcorder. The bells and whistles are surprisingly complete, and it's so lightweight that I can (and do) spend the entire day with it in my hand.

One caveat...a wide angle lens would be a smart purchase. It's difficult to get far enough away from the action and still hear what is going on.

5-0 out of 5 stars A better camcorder than I thought!
We purchased this camcorder for the holidays, selecting the CCDTRV308 over the CCDTRV108 due to it's added features such as image stability and auto-light. It arrived within three days - amazing! With my son's birthday coming up at the weekend, and the speedy delivery, it was a real test as to whether I could read the manual and become comfortable in the camcorder's use before the big day. The instructions are clear, concise and easily referenced.

We chose official Sony cassettes for this first run to ensure optimal picture quality and compatibility. Image quality is excellent, but we did notice that it performs better after it has 'warmed up'. This might be due to cassette stability or electronics temperature, but in no way detracts from this product's quality. Fade in/out options are excellent and with the 'cinema' setting gives your production that 'ER' feel.

I suspect that upgrading to a higher capacity battery may be a next step, but it lasted through the kid's party with ease. About 30 minutes of shooting remained, even though we used the LCD the whole time.

Title use is a little confusing, but you do get the option of creating two custom titles in addition to the standard fare.

The tripod was prepared, just in case the weight of the camcorder became tiring, but it was not needed. The lightness of these new camcorders over the ones of yesteryear makes life much easier, and is not burdening.

We researched considerably, before purchasing this product, which is no guarantee of success, but I have no hesitation in recommending it to those considering a Hi-8 camcorder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple is best
I bought this camera for various reasons, though none more specific than my parents constantly asking for photos. I had this camera up and running with a charged battery in two hours.

You can also convert this analog data to digital format with Dazzle 80 software, although be forewarned, if you're a novice like myself, it will be sheer torture to get it installed. I don't recommend using this program with the Sony unless you have a techie as a friend who can do it for you. Otherwise its an awesome combination.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simple, but Great Hi8
If you want nothing more than a really good camcorder to take basic videos, the Sony CCDTRV308 is the way to go.

It's probably the best Sony Hi8 camcamcorder you'll get without all the bells and whistles that let you download video on to your PC.

It has a few great features like NIGHTSHOT (which allows video in virutal darkness) and STEADYSHOT. Also, the 20X zoom works really well. (Don't be impressd by the 460X digital zoom-- on any camcorder; the image becomes more blurry the closer you zoom in with it.)

You'll probably have to get another battery, as the one the Sony CCDTRV308 comes with will only last for about an hour or so when using all the functions (LCD screen, stop and start REC). I recommend buying the NP-QM71; it lasts between 4 and 6 hours.

BUT (A VERY BIG BUT), If you want to anything more than basic VCR editing, get at least a MiniDV, especially if you're willing to spend between $500 and $1000. I was willing to drop $500 for a MiniDV because I wanted to easily edit my videos, but I wasn't willing to spend another $500 to upgrade my PC to accomodate the large amounts of data.

Otherwise, the Sony CCDTRV308 is a great Hi8 camcorder for basic video recording and little or no editing. ... Read more


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