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    Hi,

    I am looking for the cheapest Sony Digital8 camera that has the analog-digital pass through and the ability to read HI8 tapes and then output uncompressed to a computer using Firewire/I.Link.

    I am looking to buy a camcorder strictly for this purpose (converting Hi8 tapes to digital format).

    What are the Sony models that support this functionality?

    Searching on google, it came out that the Sony DCR-TRV460 is the cheapest model to that.

    Any help and info is appreciated.

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  2. They are hard to find new nowadays,the Sony DCR-TRV480 was the last one.
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    I will probably try to snatch a used one off eBay... So even the out of production models would be fine.

    Thanks!
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    I have a DCR-TRV120 that allows that, it's middle range I think and has performed pretty well in analog>digital VHS transfers that I've done.
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    I have a DCR-TRV120 that allows that, it's middle range I think and has performed pretty well in analog>digital VHS transfers that I've done.
    Does it read Hi8 tapes and output those via i.Link as well?
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    Originally Posted by pred02
    I have a DCR-TRV120 that allows that, it's middle range I think and has performed pretty well in analog>digital VHS transfers that I've done.
    Does it read Hi8 tapes and output those via i.Link as well?
    Yes to both questions.

    Also reads original 8mm, which is why I got it many moons ago.
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    I have the TRV-350 and it does what you want as well.
    I've been very pleased with the results from it.
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    The TRV-828 does this too: reads Digital8, Hi8, or Video8 tapes, and puts them all out via Firewire as DV.
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    You might be able to find a TR7000 or TR8000, top spec that do what you need them to do but without the LCD screen on the side so are dirt cheap second hand.
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  10. Hello, as Richard G seems to point out in this thread, can anyone else who knows from experience confirm that the Sony DCR TRV 7000 has analog to digital passthrough?
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