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  1. Hello all.

    Does anyone know if Digital8 tapes can be used in an analogue Video8 camcorder? I'm guessing they can as I think the media is the same for 8mm cameras but I'd like to know for sure.

    The reason I ask is someone on ebay sold me a Video8 camcorder but described it as Video8 and Hi8. I took this to mean it was a Hi8 camera and now realise it's not. The seller is arguing that Hi8 tapes can be used in it, but that seems like a silly reason to list it as Hi8, seeing as the tapes are the same but the format is different. I wanted to use the example of Digital8 tapes also fitting the camcorder but that it would be daft to call it Digital8. Obviously I want to get my facts right first though.
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    yes it can "use" the same tape. BUT it can't record digital8 or play a digital8 tape. hi8 is analog and d8 is digital. not the same cam at all.
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  3. Thanks for replying. So could a Video8 camcorder record its usual analogue format onto a Digital8 tape?
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    the tape is the same for either cam. it's usually just called 8mm tape. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=8mm%20tape

    there is no specific digital8 tape
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  5. Thanks for the info aedipuss - really appreciate it.
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    As said, the D8 tapes are physically the same but those labelled as D8 are better grade. For example, Sony supply what appear to be 4 different grades, standard 8mm analogue, Hi-8, Hi-8 HMP (Metal Particle) and D8 tapes. The Hi-8 HMP and D8 tapes are the same with different labels (and price) so I always used the HMP tapes in a D8 camcorder. It wouldn't surprise me if the standard 8mm and Hi-8 tapes were the same either.
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