Originally Posted by ehbowen
Ouch. That puts me in the hurt locker, as the only 8mm camera our family ever owned was a run-of-the-mill Sharp Viewcam (VL-E39). Composite mono output only. The Sony GV-D800 seems to put out a good clear picture over FireWire, but I have no way to professionally evaluate it.
I'll probably have to stick with the Sony in the near term, but what should I keep my eyes open for in the way of 8mm gear?
Well, let's look at it another way.
DV, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, and VHS-C are tiny fragile craptastic formats.
- DV is ridiculously thin
- VHS-C was engineered by imbeciles
- Sony's Video8/Hi8/D8 are all essentially the same things, and aside from 90s sticky stock tape (NJRoadfan had a good rant thread on it recently), it probably was the best of the tiny tapes.
The issue is that non-cameras like to eat the tapes. VHS-C sucks so much that even cameras like to eat it.
- VHS-C is known to behave only in the AG-1980 and some SRs, only in the C-P7U type holders.
- DV does best in cameras.
- The 8's also do best in cameras.
If you think your players works, then use it. BUT ...
BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT !!!! ...
only do it when monitoring the capture. Don't even leave the room to take a #2! The worst thing that will happen is that you leave the room for a while, mere minutes even, to come back to a player that has ejected the tape guts inside the deck. VHS can be left unattended (but monitored every 5-10 minutes), even DV/8 in cameras. But never DV/8 in a non-camera, or VHS-C in non-1980.
There are some specific cameras to look for. I forget the models of mine offhand (from EOL gen 2005-ish, both were like-new, PAL and NTSC models). And then there's a thread here showing suggested models. When the time comes, I can help you acquire one.