Lightest camcorder in the world when launched, at 1.0 kg. This model is exclusively for recording. The CCD-M8 marked the start of the Handycam series. It is significantly smaller than the CCD-V8. The lens barrel has a sliding cover, and the grip incorporates the battery compartment. Offering convenience and simplicity approaching a fully automatic still camera, the premier Handycam was exceptionally easy to operate with one hand.