Versatile Video

Sony's new camcorder offers all the digital advantages and still plays your old analog tapes

In the same way that the malls start playing Christmas carols in November, I usually begin hinting at gift ideas well in advance of Father's Day. I'll admit that starting in March this year was a bit crass, even for me. In my defense I feel compelled to point out that if you're angling for a digital video camcorder, you need more time to make your case.

I figured I'd present the whole thing as a learning opportunity. "Now what?" asked my wife suspiciously, when the FedEx guy unloaded a special Saturday delivery from Sony Electronics. "A Digital8 HandyCam Camcorder," I...

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