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Can standard 8mm tape play on a Hi8 camcorder?

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Standard 8mm or Video 8 camcorder video tapes are compatible with and may be played on Hi8 camcorders. Camcorder tapes produced between the mid-1980s and 2000, including the Video 8, Hi8 and Digital8 tapes, used video cassettes of the same size.

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As the technology progressed from the early versions to the upgraded Hi8 and then Digital8 technologies, camcorders were produced to be backwards compatible; that is, a later model can play all the earlier versions, but the reverse is not true. Therefore, a Hi8 camcorder can play standard 8mm tapes, but an older standard camcorder cannot play the Hi8 format.

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