Of course with all that said, you would also have to consider the costs of transferring 8mm to DVD, unless you are planning on also purchasing a projector. In Australia it costs approx $65AU for 100ft of film (4 inch reel) which only gives you approx 8 minutes of footage!
Alternatively, you can also look at a "handycam" which uses hi8 cassettes, I think these can connect through your television for viewing (but dont quote me on that lol). They can also be transferred to dvd at a cost of around $55AU per tape. But I suspect when he was talking about 8mm film, he was talking about 8mm reels. After doing some very quick research, the cost of a projector would set you back around $1500, although I have seen them pop up on ebay from time to time for about $500 and around $150 for the camera. The reels are still available from numerous companys, just google 8mm film.
The reason I was enquiring was because my partner has an underwater 8mm camcorder which he was thinking of "upgrading" to digital when he joined an underwater photography club. Luckily he didnt as he found out later that most of thier competitions do not accept digital images, again because of it being too easy to enhance them. As I said it all comes down to what you are wanting to use it for, versus the costs and hassles involved.
Edited by chrissy72, 27 January 2011 - 08:04 PM.