I have a Nikon VN7200 Hi8 camcorder (a rebadged Sony that's about 15 years old), which is only used now to transfer video to my computer. I can't get it to load tapes now. There is a water-drop icon flashing in the display, which I presume is a condensation indicator. The camcorder hasn't been out of the house in 8 years, so I reckon the sensor is busted.
I borrowed a Canon Hi8 camcorder, but it won't play my tapes properly (although
the tapes recorded on it play without any problem). The image flickers very badly, and there are loads of dropped frames when I try and capture it.
I was thinking of getting a secondhand Sony camcorder on eBay, but I'm worried that it might not play my tapes properly. The other option is to try and get the camera fixed.
Any suggestions as to how I retrieve my priceless family videos would be much appreciated. Thanks