Summary: So far it turns on and off. I believe the zoom is very good. Haven't gone any further yet. From what I can see it appears to be a good Hi8 camera. I am pretty sure it needs a new battery. I charged it and it showed good but when I was ready to record the battery went dead. A new battery will solve that problem. I don't know if the current one is the original battery.
Summary: Jammed almost immediately after putting an 8 mm video into the machine. --had a hard time getting my video back too- The lesson to be learned to just pay a video transfer service to get those 8 mm videos onto DVD. It will be much less of a headache.
Summary: I bought one of these from Amazon when the HI-8 camera I'd used to shoot my home movies and a HI-8 player I had both died and I needed something to use to dub the HI-8 tapes I'd recorded onto computer files. The first camera arrived and didn't work properly. Picture fuzzy and sound distorted. So I sent it back and ordered another one from Amazon. The second one worked the first time I tried it. But it was a few months before I had time to start transferring footage.
Summary: I would of liked very much to have given a video review, however this was impossible as the camcorder that i purchased did not note that the camcorder no longer had the capabilities of recording. This only came to my attention when I received the camcorder from the owner who supplied a letter stating that this was a good buy even though the recording capabilities no longer worked.
Summary: I had this camcorder before the hing on the tape got stuck. I knew this was a good buy. I love this camera its not as sharp as the latest dvd's but it does give really good picture quality. It also has night vision which not a lot of camcorders have. Thanks again.