If you have a bunch of tapes and don’t have a to play them back, you may be in the market to buy a used .

You may have heard that a camcorder can play Hi-8 tapes.

Can a Digital8 Camcorder Play Hi-8 Tapes?

Digital8 camcorder play Hi-8 tapes

Yes and no. 

Digital8 camcorders are generally backward compatible. Most can play back Video8 and Hi-8 tapes.

However, not all the models can do that.

Some Digital8 camcorders can only play back Digital8 tapes.

So, if you’re planning to buy a Digital8 camcorder to play back Hi-8 you would have to choose the right Digital8 camcorder model.

Digital8 Camcorder that Don’t Play Hi-8 Tapes

Here are the Digital8 camcorder models that don’t play back Hi-8 tapes.

  • DCR-TRV130
  • DCR-TRV140
  • DCR-TRV250
  • DCR-TRV260
  • DCR-TRV265
  • DCR-TRV280

Source: Sony

The rest of the models should support the play back of Video8 and Hi-8 tapes.

So, if you’re going to buy a DIgital8 camcorder to play back Hi-8 video or transfer Hi-8 video to a digital format, you could do well to check the Digital8 camcorder specs in advance to determine whether Hi-8 tape playback is supported.