Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 8mm Camcorders

1. Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)

User Ratings: 58 8

Sony HDRCX405/B First Impressions

"It works perfectly so far."

The camcorder is nice and compact. I will definitely use it more often. The clarity of the video was amazing. What you get is quite a lot, really. Great 8mm Camcorder and meets my needs.

  • Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)
  • 50Mbps XAVC S1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs. 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action. 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS Lens
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode. Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still photos.For windows computers, details vary according to OS (Windows7/VISTA/XP)
  • View on 2.7” Clear Photo Plus LCD display. Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible) , Focal Length (35mm) (Video) f=26.8 - 804.0 mm (16:9) Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image) f=26.8-804.0mm (16:9), f=32.8-984.0mm (4:3)
  • This product does not have an external microphone input.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Sony HDRCX405/B Final Thoughts

"Instructions are decent."

I'm using it to make my YouTube videos. There are not any fancy professional features. 3 settings, up close, mid range and infinity. And the rocker zoom is awesome. The lanyard has been amazing.

Overall Score
4.1


(660 Points)

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2. Sony Hi8 Camcorder 8mm Cassettes 120 Minute (4-Pack) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

User Ratings: 73 2

Sony P6120HMPR/4 First Impressions

"This worked great."

I'm using it to make my YouTube videos. Really like the clarity of the picture. The quality is great considering the price. This little camera meets all those needs! So far I am happy with this purchase.

  • Sony Hi8 Camcorder 8mm Cassettes 120 Minute (4-Pack) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • Hi8 120-minute
  • Brilliant Color and Sound
  • Metal Particle
  • Sony. Our media is your memory.
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Sony P6120HMPR/4 Final Thoughts

"Remember exposure setting."

It is also great as a gift for kids. The clarity of the video was amazing. The Sony P6120HMPR/4 is very compact. I'll get to the point of figuring it out. 3 settings, up close, mid range and infinity.

Overall Score
4.5


(212 Points)

3. Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with ECMGZ1M microphone and GPVPT1 Grip & Tri...

User Ratings: 64 11

Sony First Impressions

"This Sony is great."

I like The light weight small size. I'll get to the point of figuring it out. But not an awful lot better. This is a fantastic camera for the price. The mic isn't great, but it'll work.

  • Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with ECMGZ1M microphone and GPVPT1 Grip & Tripod for Camcorders (Black)
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • Records in Zoom Mic and Gun mic modes
  • Zoom Mic Mode records audio level corresponding to zoom length
  • Shooting grip with built in tripod
  • Designed for a comfortable fit
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Actually really good."

Every detail is well designed. Not very heavy and can take it anywhere. I haven’t had one in so long. I really like the features of the camera. Works and looks much better than expected.

Overall Score
4.1


(206 Points)

4. Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)

User Ratings: 64 11

Sony FDRAX53/B First Impressions

"Worth what I paid."

Very easy to hold in one hand. I am so glad I chose this particular unit! It keeps the frames still and colors vibrant. If you are also an amateur photographer. However I am glad I did purchase!

  • Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • 3.0" LCD (Touch panel), EVF, Wi-Fi/NFC, manual ring, night shot, 4K Time-lapse capture
  • Built-in Zoom Microphone. Minimum Focus Distance- approx. 13/32 Inch (Wide), approx. 31 1/2 Inch (Tele), approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele). Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image)- f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9) f=32.8-656.0 mm (4:3).Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video)- f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)2
  • In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70/NP-FV70A) (1); AC Adaptor (1); Power Cord (1); Operating Guide(1); HDMI(micro) Cable (1); micro USB Cable (1)
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Sony FDRAX53/B Final Thoughts

"And guess what!"

Picture quality is outstanding. Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. He was pretty happy about the microphone. The clarity of the video was amazing. Seems well made, as expected for the price.

Overall Score
4.1


(206 Points)

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5. Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with GPVPT1 Grip and Tripod for Camcorders (B...

User Ratings: 64 11

Sony First Impressions

"Really good one!"

Functions are straightforward. The lanyard has been amazing. Works and looks much better than expected. Using it for filming kids sports. Must be turned on and off manually.

  • Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with GPVPT1 Grip and Tripod for Camcorders (Black)
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • 3.0" LCD (Touch panel), EVF, Wi-Fi/NFC, manual ring, night shot, 4K Time-lapse capture
  • Shooting grip with built in tripod
  • Designed for a comfortable fit
  • Built in functions work equally well in either the left or right hand
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Not sure."

Not that many left on the inexpensive end. This was well worth the money. I've tried many brands & models. Great 8mm Camcorder and meets my needs. We travel out after I receive this Sony .

Overall Score
4.1


(206 Points)

6. Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with Microphone

User Ratings: 64 11

Sony First Impressions

"Uses it a lot."

This little camera meets all those needs! Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Good camera for what I’m using it for. Must be turned on and off manually. The Sony is very compact.

  • Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black) with Microphone
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • Records in Zoom Mic and Gun mic modes
  • Zoom Mic Mode records audio level corresponding to zoom length
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Totally unusable."

Wow this was such a great purchase! Good quality without damage at night. Its really worth every dollar I paid. The best part is the real-time imagery. But not an awful lot better.

Overall Score
4.1


(206 Points)

7. Sony HDR-CX440/B Full HD Video Handycam Camcorder w/Sony 16GB SD Card Bundle

User Ratings: 64 4

Sony HDR-CX440 First Impressions

"I like it so much."

The videos and pictures are both very clear. Overall it is a decent 8mm Camcorder for the price. The best part is the real-time imagery. Its really worth every dollar I paid. It did come with a memory card on top of it.

  • Sony HDR-CX440/B Full HD Video Handycam Camcorder w/Sony 16GB SD Card Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Sony CX405 Handycam 1080p Full HD Camcorder with Exmor R CMOS Sensor (Black), SanDisk 32GB Ultra UHS-I microSDHC Memory Card, Battery for Sony NP-BX1 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1, DSC-RX100, HDR-AS10, HDR-AS15, and Focus Camera Deluxe SLR Soft Photo and Video Medium Case with Shoulder Strap and 2 Dividers
  • CODECS: he Sony HDR-CX440 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder delivers XAVC S format cinema-like HD video in 1920x1080 24p/60p at up to 50Mbps and high quality 9.2MP still images. For video compression this camcorder employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, while linear PCM is responsible for audio compressio
  • DISPLAY: The Sony HDR-CX440 HD Handycam simplifies the recording process with a 2.7-inch (16:9) Clear Photo LCD (230K) display that delivers sharp, bright, vivid images even outdoors. It also allows you to easily adjust the settings to best represent the scene
  • OPTICAL STEADYSHOT IMAGE STABILIZATION: The 26.8mm wide-angle lens ensures that you get everything you want into one shot and is perfect for capturing large landscapes. Unlike most digital zooms that use the electronic cropping technique to get closer to the subject, the Sony HDR-CX440 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder lets you get amazingly close with 30x optical zoom and 60x Clear Image digital zoom
  • SONY AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Guarantee
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Sony HDR-CX440 Final Thoughts

"It suits me perfectly."

Very crystal clear picture and sounds. Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. The mic isn't great, but it'll work. Very easy to hold in one hand. It’s really time to buy this Sony HDR-CX440.

Overall Score
4.3


(202 Points)

8. Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder

User Ratings: 61 6

Sony HXRMC2500 First Impressions

"I like it so much."

It has a microphone so the sound is better. Indoors it performed quite well. Overall this 8mm Camcorder is a great buy. Wow this was such a great purchase! This is an amazing camera, it really is.

  • Sony HXR-MC2500 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder
  • Wide angle 26.8mm professional quality Sony G Lens technology provides exceptional image fidelity, 12x zoom: 2.9mm to 34.8mm provides wide angle of view
  • 1/4" back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor offers exceptional low-light sensitivity, Quick AF system improves precise auto focus even in low light situations
  • Built-in 32GB solid state flash drive can store up to three hours of HD video recorded in PS mode
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F); Storage Temperature: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to +140°F)
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Sony HXRMC2500 Final Thoughts

"The camera feels good."

I like The light weight small size. Picture quality is outstanding. Perfect camera for my up coming vacation! For this price, the Sony HXRMC2500 is awesome. So far I am happy with this purchase.

Overall Score
4.1


(25 Points)

9. Video Camera Camcorder,Touch Monitor Mini Compact YouTube Vlogging Camera Recorder Full HD 1080P 30F...

User Ratings: 69

GordVE First Impressions

"I advise you!"

It keeps the frames still and colors vibrant. I received the GordVE today. Honestly, the tiny size is my favorite thing! Works and looks much better than expected. Very crystal clear picture and sounds.

  • Video Camera Camcorder,Touch Monitor Mini Compact YouTube Vlogging Camera Recorder Full HD 1080P 30FPS 48MP 3.0 Inch 270 Degree Rotation Screen 18X Digital Zoom Camcorder (Golden)
  • 【Video Camera】This video camera max supports 2.7K(2704x1520),FHD(1080P),HD AVI Video Resolution, 48M JPEG Image Resolution. 3.0 inch 270 degree rotation TFT LCD screen,18X digital zoom (no optical zoom),built-in fill light, Anti-shaking, Face detect, Smile capture,Self-timer, Pause Function,Beauty function,internal Microphone and Speaker(record sound videos),USB 2.0,TV Output and so on(The camera is designed for Amateurs,not for Professional Users).
  • 【Touch Monitor and Supports Remote Control】The 3.0-inch Touch Monitor makes it easy to shoot, view and edit image.It supports remote control(not included) and camera tripod(not included),you can take photos and videos by yourself at home or outdoor.Support LED fill Light and Internal microphone,you can open the flash light according to scene needs, excellent performance in low light conditions,you can also adjust the ISO settings for darker environments.
  • 【Pause Function】This camcorder supports the pause function,a good idea for YouTube and Vlogging.You can continue the recording in the same File without restarting a new one.You can download the video to your computer through a USB cable and then edit it before uploading to your social media,also can use a HDMI cable connect to the TV to watch the photos and videos.Also share it to social platforms such as YouTube at any time.
  • 【Recording While Charging】This Video Camera contains a large capacity rechargeable lithium battery.One full-charged battery can be sustainably used for 90-150 minutes(Please charge the battery up to 8 hours the first time you use it).Or you can record videos while charging,in this case, you can record long enough videos as you wish and no need to worry about battery drains.Built-in 32MB flash memory,expandable SD card/HCSD card to 128GB(Not included).
  • 【Perfect Gift】This camera is slim and compact,small size 110*51.66*32.08mm,only Weight 135g,easy to carry and use,record high-quality image and video, perfect to be a gift for family members, friends,parents and kids,record your especially happy moments and travel time, let you enjoy photos/videos anytime and save a beautiful memory anywhere.
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GordVE Final Thoughts

"Yes I like."

Super easy to read instructions too! I didn't get to test the far away sound mode. Because my phone camera wasn’t good enough. Very compact that it fits in my purse! Super easy to read instructions too!

Overall Score
4.7


(7 Points)

10. Sony 4K 3-CMOS 1/3-type Sensor XDCAM Professional Camcorder, Black (PXWZ190)

Sony PXWZ190 First Impressions

"Worth the price."

The quality is great considering the price. This is an amazing camera, it really is. This Sony PXWZ190 works great for me. The quality is great considering the price. Great 8mm Camcorder and meets my needs.

  • Sony 4K 3-CMOS 1/3-type Sensor XDCAM Professional Camcorder, Black (PXWZ190)
  • 4K 60P recording in XAVC long gop format
  • 25x optical zoom Sony g Lens with 28.8mm wide angle
  • Electronic Variable ND filter
  • Instant HDR workflow w/ hlg
  • Simple live Solution with mcx-500 live producer and rm-30bp remote
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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Sony PXWZ190 Final Thoughts

"It's very compact to carry."

This is designed to be simple and easy to use. The batteries come already charged. This thing does everything it says it does. This is absolutely the perfect tool for me. Not that many left on the inexpensive end.

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5.0


(3 Points)

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