Overview:
Video 8 was launched in the 80’s as a mass market light and portable alternative to it’s predecessors. Until this point, the portable market had been dominated by much more cumbersome formats such VHS-C and Betamax. Video 8 had one major advantage over the full-sized competition.

Thanks to their compact-form factor, Video 8 camcorders were small enough to hold in the palm of the user's hand. Such a feat was impossible with Betamax and VHS camcorders.

Quality:
In terms of video quality, Video8, VHS/VHS-C, and Beta-II offered similar performance in their "standard play" modes; all were rated at approximately 240 horizontal lines (depending on speed, quality of tape, and other factors). In terms of audio, Video8 generally outperformed its older rivals.

Capacity:
The standard tape length is 90 minutes or 3 hours on long play.