Can Standard 8mm Tape Play on a Hi8 Camcorder?

Standard 8mm or Video 8 camcorder video tapes are compatible with and may be played on Hi8 camcorders. Camcorder tapes produced between the mid-1980s and 2000, including the Video 8, Hi8 and Digital8 tapes, used video cassettes of the same size.

As the technology progressed from the early versions to the upgraded Hi8 and then Digital8 technologies, camcorders were produced to be backwards compatible; that is, a later model can play all the earlier versions, but the reverse is not true. Therefore, a Hi8 camcorder can play standard 8mm tapes, but an older standard camcorder cannot play the Hi8 format.