When digital video cameras made their appearance, there was rivalry between two formats – and .

Digital8 was an automatic choice for Sony Video8 and Hi-8 users who wished to switch to digital video.

Digital8 is backward compatabile and supports Video8 and Hi-8.

What’s the difference between the two? Which format is superior?

Format Type : Proprietary or Universal

Digital8 is a Sony proprietary format.

Mini-DV is a universal format, Video cameras were manufactured by such electronics giants as JVC, Panasonic, Sharp and Canon.

Video Resolution

Both mini-DV and Digital8 has a video resolution of 500 horizontal lines.

Mini-DV, however, can be used with video cameras that supports 3-CCD which gives superior picture quality.

There are no 3-CCD Digital8 video cameras.

Audio Quality

In terms of audio quality, both mini-DV and Digital8 support two 16-bit audio tracks.

Mini-DV, however, has the added capability of supporting four 12-bit audio tracks which allows for audio dub.

Digital8 can’t support audio dub.

Video Playback Support

Mini-DV supports only the playback of digital video.
Digital8 support the playback of analog and digital video.

Video8 and Hi-8 tapes (both analog video) can be played back through a Digital8 camcorder and converted to digital video through a Firewire connection.