I'm very very fond of my Sony DCR-TRV330E Digital-8
It plays my earlier Analogue 8mm tapes fine (I got the Analogue Camcorder free).
The Analogue camera was one of 2 on a palette of Samsung VHS "returns" (it wasn't Samsung though [edit WRONG, it was]) I was repairing for a friend back in 1997 approx. The dead camera the boards had come loose. The other wouldn't focus, zoom or iris. I was "given" the bad one.
I found the alloy block with motors at lens had cut most of the tracks at each corner of flexible PCB/Cable. So with 500W of light, jeweller's monocle and large magnifier on stand I repaired the cable by scratching and tinning the track traces on thin plastic either side of cracks, super glue a very fine piece of tinned wire across crack.
At 3rd attempt and nearly a week I got it all working. Still works today though about 2minutes battery life!
[Edit had to check loft. Samsung MyCam K70 PAL 8mm analogue Video, not a Hi-8]
I bought a big load of 8mm tapes in a Bargain Euro Store at €2 each years ago (2002?). They seemed fine on the Analogue and also seem to work OK for Digital 8mm recording.
Hard to beat a camcorder with good zoom lens for birds in flight vs still camera. I have some lovely Heron footage.