The LP8x0 service manual
has some references to a TBC (also has difference between the vp-l8x0 models)
. I have two PAL LP800 cameras, but they're both missing pins that hold the tape up to the drum, so I can't test properly. They do seem a lot more clunky than my Sony camcorders though.
I think these
were the last lineup of Hi8 cameras Sony made, or at least one of the last. Though, at that point the higher-end cameras were miniDV, so I don't know how good they are. The last ones also lacked S-Video out and Stereo.
I know Sony's model numbers don't correlate with features so I'm imagining when it works it's better than my TRV-77E, am I correct?
Wouldn't be sure about that. I think the second number tends to indicate what year/lineup it's from, first one tends to refer to feature level, higher being more expensive/fancier. Also, the V in a model name usually means it has a flip-out LDC screen. Model numbers are a bit of a mess though.