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Sony have made Digital-8 cameras in the past so aquiring a second hand unit is the most likely option.
You can use an A/D (analogueto digital) Converter to get the video into a PC.
Many mini DV cameras can also act as an A/D Converter if the camera has analogue inputs.
What we did was to buy a secondhand camera of the same type at little cost, transfer the old films with our DVD recorder (if the recorder has a hard drive it makes editing a cinch), and then sell the camera back to someone who wanted to do the same!
Please get into town, and buy the 8mm Camera cleaning tape from W.H. Smiths, Currys, Comet, Maplins, put that in your camera on record mode for 20 seconds and then remove it, and carry on filming, it is just dirty heads you have got, take care. from David
I just looked at my Sony DCR-TRV30. Not the same, but perhaps similar. My camera records lengthy videos on tape and only brief videos on memory stick. I suggest that you stick to tape for video. Good Luck almarc13
When it felt down, is it powered on? Is it running in recording mode? If yes, maybe a flat ribbon cable had been plugged out, causing a short circuit and blown one of onboard microfuse (4) due to contact on components board .
If the camera was powered off, the same thing happen but the fuse may be not blown if ribbon cable have not touch components on printed board. I suspect the ribbon cable come from optics.
Anyway, the best thing to do is to have the service manual in hand. I bought it on internet in PDF format. This model of camera is not so hard to disassemble. The service manual cost me 10$ USD.
i purchased a Pd-170 second hand online, when it finally arrived it had this problem regarding the red/pink tinge. I searched the internet looking to find what was the problem setting the white balance. There was nothing that could help me solve this mystery, so i took it to a professional company that fixes cameras, He diagnosed it straight away. it required a new CCD, Pd150/170s have 3 CCDs so it was an indicator that there was an issue deep within the camera. I got it replaced for £150, & that was without his labour,it can cost up too £300-£350 for new CCD replacement, Lesson learned NEVER buy second hand or anything online!