Hi all,

I need a 2nd-hand camcorder to rip my old Sony V8 tapes (PAL system) to Linux computer. My Sony PAL Handycam has been broken download for several years.

There are following types camcorder:
V8/Hi8 PAL camcorder
D8 PAL camcorder (some model able playing V8 tape)

Which of them will have a better result on the quality of ripped video?

Is there any way checking the magnet heads which are the key component governing the quality of the ripped video?

Please advise. Thanks in advance.