The first Digital8 camcorder was introduced in 1999. The technology is based on Hi8 and DV codec. In layman terms, the camcorder records analog video and digital audio. It is like a combination of an analogue camcorder and hard drive based one. We will be taking an in depth look at digital8 technology.
Most enthusiasts perceive digital8 as an inferior version of MiniDV, but this is very a common misconception. Even though digital8 camcorders looks and works like a MiniDV one, it uses a different format. Digital8 uses a D-90 tape, which is based on a metal-particle media. While MiniDV uses a DVM85 tape. The size and design may look alike, but technology behind them is very distinct from each other.
Digital8 video recording is intended for professional use. The video and sound quality makes it a preferred format for TV programs and movies. Digital8 is mainly used by regular users since the tape is cheaper compared to its cousin, the Digital8. Electronic manufacturers are no longer developing newer versions, but the quality great compared to the latest video standards.
Digital camcorders cost more than a thousand bucks and nobody wants to spend that much. Most people use camcorders at an average of 3-4 times in a year. You can find great D8 or Digital8 camcorders for less than $600. The video quality might not be HD, but it is definitely good enough for most of us. It is even good enough to broadcast on HDTVs.
Digital8 devices can be used to capture still pictures. Like most video cameras, the design is focused on video recording. It can only take pictures at a resolution of up to 1 megapixel. More expensive digital camcorders are also limited to around 2 megapixels and they cost hundreds of dollars more. If you want to take still pictures, it is better to invest your money on a digital camera.
Digital8 devices cost around $500-600 while flash memory and hard drive based ones cost around $1100-$2000. If you are on a tight budget, but you want a device that can capture great video and pictures at the same time, Digital8 is your best option. However, take not that it does not have a high resolution for still pictures.
Since a Digital8 camcorder does not use a magnetic disk, you do not have to worry about data corruption. On top of that, most camcorder models have memory card slot that you can use as a backup. Not does the D8 cameras offer full video recording, it is also a cheaper alternative for any would-be enthusiast.
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