Summary: I bought this to replace the one I had. I use it to watch and convert home movies made during the days of Tape cassettes. This model plays both Digital 8 and Hi8 cassettes and has digital connections to allow easy conversion to digital media via USB. Using a USB connection, you can stream a tape into your computer software (Sony Vegas XXX, Cyberlink Director XX, Nero XX etc) and save, label; and you're done.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder to transfer some old VHS and 8mm tapes to my computer. Using a firewire cable, I was able to transfer all my 8mm tapes directly to my computer. I was able to use Windows Movie Maker to capture the footage via firewire, and the software was able to control the camera. This was great because I could skip segments that I did not want to transfer. I also hooked up a VCR to the camcorder and recorded those onto a digital Hi8 tape.