I realize, of course, that just about everyone is going fully digital now. But, I do love my 8mm Hi-8 camcorder!
I received this as a gift when my eldest (now 6) was only about 3 months old. My uncle sent it to me, as a baby shower type gift, so that I could take lots of videos of my wee one.
We still use it today, for special ocassions, holidays, etc. It works beautifully!
There's a part where you can flip open the screen, to watch what you're recording in color. You can play it back through that, or through the eye piece. There's a knob in the front that allows you to do all kinds of things with it (I don't think I've ever used ALL the features). And, there's a button on it that will allow you to freeze the shot for a few seconds, which I have used a couple times, and love (especially with two kids, when you get that nice smiley shot!).
It's silver and black. And, even though my digital camera will take digital videos as well, I prefer to use the 8mm. Call me old fashioned, lol, but I just love it!