As I said: if it is a regular DV (not DVCAM or DVCPRO), if it is the same scanning rate (if your tapes are recorded say on the DVX100 in 24p mode the consumer camera may not recognize it, I am not sure), if FireWire port works, then sure.
For future reference, what tapeless camcorder would you recommend that produces results similar or better than the Vixia HV40? I'm thinking about getting into some short film stuff, but only for personal use.
Thanks, but I found another camera I like on craigslist for about the same price. It's a ZR-950. I checked the specs of the ZR-950 against the ZR-10 and here are the major differences:....Specifications
Does any of this matter?. Do you think the ZR-950 will play the ZR-10 tapes?
It only matters if you plan on using the camcorder to record new videos.
Those specs won't improve the playback of your tapes that already exist, as the data is already recorded.
Tape video cameras are not a good investment in 2013 as that format is long gone.
I suggested the like-new ZR-10 , at that price and condition, as it's cheap enough to justify getting for making the tapes into files for playback and archive.
With the exact camcorder, you don't have to worry about any potential compatibilities issues at all.
Any. Must have working FireWire output and not clogged heads. Also must be the same system as the tapes (480i60 vs 576i50).
All my tapes were recorded with a PAL (576i) Hi8 camcorder. I had no issue playing these tapes with an NTSC (480i) camcorder. The NTSC camcorder wouldn't output the PAL tape to a TV, but firewire streaming (and video playback on the camera's display) was just fine.
I just bought a cheap Hi8 camcorder from ebay, I think it is the TRV480.