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Can Sony camcorders play PAL-format tapes or be connected to a PAL-format television or VCR?

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Sony® Digital8™ camcorders can play tapes recorded in the PAL Digital8 format, but the video will only display in the LCD or viewfinder. The i.LINK® and line out jacks will not output the PAL signal. Analog PAL format tapes are not compatible.

The only Sony Mini Digital Video (DV) camcorder with PAL playback compatibility at this time is the DCR-TRV900. It will play tapes recorded in the PAL Digital8 format on the LCD only. Analog PAL format tapes are not compatible.

Some Sony 8mm and Hi8™ (analog) camcorders will play PAL format tapes and can be connected to a PAL format television or VCR.

IMPORTANT: Consult the instruction manual of your camcorder for full compatibility information. Manuals are posted on your model support page.