Monday, 25 February 2013

Sony Digital8 Cameras Which Are Compatible with Video8 and Hi8 Playback

One of the most common questions people have when buying a second hand camera to transfer 8mm tapes is:

"Is there a camera which is compatible with all 8mm tape formats?"

The answer is yes - but working out which models are compatible and which aren't can be challenging.

Based on my own experiences and internet research, I have put together the below list of Sony's Digital8 cameras.

Those with an "*" next to the model number will play back Video8 (Standard8) and Hi8 tapes as well as Digital8.

This information is correct to the best of my knowledge, but I still suggest getting confirmation from the seller before buying a camera to ensure it will be compatible.

DCR-TR7000E *
DCR-TR7100E *
DCR-TR8000E *
DCR-TR8100E *
DCR-TRV110E *
DCR-TRV120E *
DCR-TRV125E *
DCR-TRV130E
DCR-TRV140E
DCR-TRV145E
DCR-TRV147E
DCR-TRV210E *
DCR-TRV230E *
DCR-TRV235E *
DCR-TRV238E *
DCR-TRV239E *
DCR-TRV240E *
DCR-TRV241E *
DCR-TRV245E
DCR-TRV250E
DCR-TRV255E
DCR-TRV265E
DCR-TRV270E
DCR-TRV285E
DCR-TRV310E *
DCR-TRV320E *
DCR-TRV325E *
DCR-TRV330E *
DCR-TRV340E *
DCR-TRV341E *
DCR-TRV345E *
DCR-TRV355E *
DCR-TRV356E *
DCR-TRV410E *
DCR-TRV420E *
DCR-TRV430E *
DCR-TRV460E *
DCR-TRV461E *
DCR-TRV480E *
DCR-TRV510E *
DCR-TRV520E *
DCR-TRV525E *
DCR-TRV530E *
DCR-TRV620E *
DCR-TRV720E *
DCR-TRV725E *
DCR-TRV730E *
DCR-TRV738E *
DCR-TRV740E *
DCR-TRV820E *
DCR-TRV828E *
DCR-TRV830E *

Deck only ( No camera )
GV-D200E *
GV-D800E * 


Thanks to Peter Brereton who posted this list originally on the AVForums.com forum.

The original discussion can be found at http://www.avforums.com/forums/camcorders-video-editing/861297-8mm-player.html

10 comments:

  1. hello, this was very helpful, thank you! but does it matter if it was DCR-TRV330E or DCR-TRV330 NTSC ? my tapes are PAL.

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    1. Yes , the E means PAL and the rest are NTSC . Read about these systems and you'll understand why they can not be compatible . I have a TRV 720 E , brought from USA in 1997 and it works 10 years in perfect condition , I replace the drum head and is perfect even now , when I have a HDR -XR 550 . The problem is that the firewire port of the TRV 720 was broken and I can't find anywhere that small board with the port . I am looking for years now and I think I'll buy an NTSC model only to replace the firewire port from it to my PAL camera .

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  2. I don't think it matters. It looks like it's just an extra letter from Sony. I had a trv480 that was damaged and a friend of mine let me borrow his trv250 and it doesn't play back my older 8mm tapes. Hope this helps.

    Antonio

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  3. This is an extremely helpful site! I have 30+ year old V8 tapes and need to get them digitised. Beg steal borrow hire or buy a Sony DVC 8��
    Great info on compatibility. Thanks.

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    1. hi, did you find a camcorder? If so I'll buy it off you if you've finished with it?

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  4. Dear Pete,
    Are these TRV Series Camcorders able to playback Sony NTSC MP120 Video8 cassettes ?

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  5. Hi, I am curious to know if your 30 year tapes are still readable-hopefully yes!

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  7. Hello!

    I have these non-working Sony Video cameras:
    CCD-TR805 Hi8 NTSC
    DCR-TRV340 NTSC.

    Besides Hi8 and Digi8 recordings, I have some regular 8 recordings, too, and in order to digitise them and then save them, with the rest as DVDs, I needed a working camcorder that was compatible with all three formats.

    I now live in India and could not get the Handycams repaired. During my last visit to the US, I bought online a refurbished Sony DCR-TRV330 NTSC. This model is compatible to all three.
    I have an analog to digital converter - Dazzle - and I plan to digitalise over a hundred hours of recordings.

    - jay thaker




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  8. Hi there - thanks so much for this guide, however even after following it I am having a problem that I am hoping you may be able to help with. I have a box of old camcorder tapes that were recorded on a Sony Handycam DCR-TRV320E (PAL). These tapes are of various formats - Video 8, Hi8 and Digital 8. I was playing back the tapes on the camera on which they were recorded just fine, until the connection to the buttons on the top of the tape deck failed and the eject button (and all the other buttons) stopped working.

    I bought a replacement camera off eBay - a Sony Handycam DCR-TRV110E (PAL) which I saw on this guide that it should play all of the tapes that I have. When playing back the tapes on the camcorder (just using the camera, no other equipment) the Video 8 and Hi8 tapes play back perfectly, however the Digital 8 tapes stutter and are very pixelated - it’s like they are trying to play back too fast. However, if i record new footage onto the Digital 8 tape and play it back it plays back just fine (So i don’t think theres a problem with dirty or misaligned heads, which is what I initially thought it might be) - the problem is only with the tapes that I recorded on the other camera (and these tapes were playing just fine on the other camera before it died). In the instruction manual for the camera it says something about digital 8 tapes being 2/3 the speed of Hi8 tapes? I have looked through various forums and troubleshooting guides but I can’t see anywhere how to fix this or force the camera to playback at a different speed.

    When I put a Hi8 or Video 8 tape in and playback a symbol appear on the screen to say that its changing into video 8 / hi 8 mode, but when I put a Digital 8 tape in it doesn’t say that it is switching to Digital 8 mode. There is no way to force the camera to go into Digital 8 mode - the only options for playback modes are either ‘Video 8 /Hi 8’ or ‘Auto’. I did read on some forums that hitting the camera on the side might work, but that hasn’t helped.

    Does anyone have any idea or how I can get the tapes to play back correctly?

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