As you would have already known, the 8mm video format is considered obsolete in these days of HD video.
Still, there is demand for 8mm tapes. Now, why would anyone be interested in 8mm tapes when 8mm camcorders and tape players are no longer in production?
First, there are many out there who have dozens of 8mm tapes containing precious memories.
Tapes deteriorate over time. Also, they’re susceptible to mold attacks. To prevent tapes from falling victim to the ravages of time, they needed to be backed up.
For those who haven’t converted them to digital yet, they would want to make copies of their important tapes.
For that purpose, they would need blank 8mm tapes.
Secondly, some still have working 8mm camcorders. Just for the fun of it, or for old times’ sake, they would want to shoot video with them. For that, they would need blank 8mm tapes.
If you’re in one of these two groups, you may be wondering how you can get hold of 8mm tapes.
8mm Tapes No Longer in Production
In July 2011, Sony announced that it will no longer support the 8mm video format.
But then Sony announced that the production of 8mm tapes would continue for some time.
As expected, Sony currently no longer manufactures 8mm tapes. But the good news is you can still find previously unsold stock of 8mm tapes for sale.
You may not find them at your neighborhood electronics store. So, the best option is to source for them online.
Types of 8mm Tapes for Sale
There are 3 types of 8mm tapes for sale – Video8, Hi8, and Digital8.
Before you buy 8mm tapes, you would have to know which 8mm tape format you would need for your camcorder.
If you have a Video8 camcorder or tape player, you can only use Video8 tapes.
With a Hi8 camcorder, you can use Video8 and Hi8 tapes.
With a Digital8 camcorder, you can use Video8, Hi8, and Digital8 tapes.
That said, let’s take a look at the 8mm tapes for sale.
Although Sony was the prime mover of the 8mm video format, other players jumped into the fray as well. This is especially so when it came to the production of 8mm tapes.
Among them were Maxell, Fuji, and TDK.
You may buy these tapes in single units or in packs, depending on your needs.
Most of the 8mm tapes are of the metal particle (MP) type.
Metal Particle tapes are of the metal powder or metal evaporated (ME) type. The common ones are of the metal powder type marked MP.
If you’re looking for a single tape, this Sony 120-min Video8 Metal Particle Tape will suit you fine.
Maxell also offers this two-pack of high-quality GX-MP Video8 tapes.
Check out more options for Video8 tapes.
This 2-pack Hi8 tape is a bestseller over at Amazon.
Check out the Sony P6120HMPR/2C 2-Pack 120-Minute Hi8 Tape.
Also available is the Amazon’s Choice Maxell P6-120 XRM Professional Quality Hi 8 tape.
Check out more options for Hi8 tapes.
As has been mentioned earlier, Digital8 tapes can only be used with Digital8 camcorders or tape players. They won’t work with Video8 or Hi8 camcorders or tape players.
Digital8 tapes are hard to come by. Also, only the Sony brand is available.
The drawback is you’ll get a shorter recording time.
If you’re not limiting yourself to one type of 8mm tape, check out the full range of 8mm tapes for sale.