- posted: November 22 @ 6:04pm
Sony HandyCam 8mm, 10x zoom, stereo microphone. The perfect tool for home movie makers everywhere who can't help but narrate or constantly zoom in and out. This one was a pre-wedding present from my father in 1996. While it wasn't Hi-8, it did have quite a few features that other consumer video camcorders did not at the time, such as a color viewfinder (all 3/4" of it) and a removable viewfinder lens so you could see through the camera without having to put the viewfinder to you eye. Obviously I'm showing the old fashioned way here. It's interesting to think that something as simple as removing the viewfinder lens ended up spawning today's cameras with LCD screens for 'viewfinders'. I'm sure this is the sort of camera the person from last Sunday's anecdote believed he was talking about when giving advice to transfer film to DVD.