My family has several Sony electronics products and none of them have had any problems. I know Hi8 is not as good as the 500+ line resolution of Digital 8. This is a great camera for the. My Canon camcorder stopped recording sound and finally stopped working. I bought this camcorder to replace a Canon 8mm that was over 8 years old. The pictures are sharp with excellent color. That says enough for me about Sony quality. However, the Hi8 400+ line picture quality is great. Canon would not repair it because it was an old model. It is a little better than the standard 8mm picture produced by my old Canon camcorder.
About the camcorder...I like the video quality produced by the Sony Hi8 TRV98.
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