Do you have a lot of hi8mm tapes that you want to still want to play??
If so good news, you can get a Sony D8mm camera this will play your hi8 tapes and all new recorings will be digital. Since it has a firewire port you can import ALL you videos in to your PC and edit them and burn them to a DVD. The best one is this DCR-TRV480.
Now for the bad news.
Digital 8mm is on the WAY OUT. MiniDV is IN!! DON'T bother with DVD cameras!! Hard drive cameras are starting to appear.
If I were in your position I would get an inexpensive hi8mm ($200) and a good miniDV($450 &up) that has the analog to digitial pass throught feature. Here are some links. John
I had a Sony for the last 7 years and we lost it. I used High 8 tape-so now what should i look for in a camcorder. I want to be able to EASILY burn them to a CD or DVD...