I looked this up in my owners manual for my SHARP Viewcam VL-AD260U. It uses HI8 video film format. Here's the details:
The HI8 is a high performance extension of the ordinary 8 mm format. It uses advanced technology to achieve higher resolution and better picture quality. If you have older video equipment that uses regular 8MM format, you are ok. However, if you use a camera that has HI8 capability, your older video equipment will NOT be able to play tapes recorded in the HI8 format.
It will all depend on how much quality and how much money you have to invest in your video equipment. Thanks for asking.
Video 8 i believe would of course be non digital.. whoaaaa no thanks..
digital 8.. digital with Digital we have firewire.. we can transport the video into our computers wherein we can use software to edit it.. otherwise you can buy some old antiquated equipment on ebay and learn the old art of editing.. AB roll.. etc..
Formats are always changing.. yes Beta is still used.. but the only reason why in my deduction is they spent 10k + on the camera and dont wanna throw it in the trash...lol They have digital Beta now Digital is the only way to go if you want to keep up with technology..