Digital8 (1999 – 2007)

Digital8 (also called D8) was a digital video cassette format for camcorders, introduced by Sony in 1999.

The cassette itself was the same as the Hi8 format, but the information was stored using the DV codec, used by other formats such MiniDV.

Hi8 metal-particle tapes could be used in Digital8 camcorders, but the drum in a Digital8 camcorder spins faster than Hi8, so a 60 minute Hi8 cassette will store just 40 minutes of digital video.

Digital8 remained a consumer format and was little used for broadcast. Most, though not all, Digital8 camcorders can play back analogue Video8 and Hi8 tapes.

The last Digital8 camcorder, the Sony DCR-TRV285, was discontinued in 2007.

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