You want to buy a super 8 camera but there are so many models for sale, which one is the best? If you're not a professional film maker it doesn't really matter! No kidding, it's all about what you do with it and want to film. There are some very good high-end cameras, a lot of decent cameras, and a whole bunch that might be better avoided. I say, definitely avoid the Nizo Integral cameras, I never had a single one that actually worked. I recommend a Nizo 481, 561 and 801 if you have a modest budget and you don't need to record sound with an external recorder.

Other good quality cameras are the ones from Canon, like the cheap Canon 518 or the 814 (XL-S), his bigger brother.

Sure you have heard about the introduction of the new KODAK super 8 camera with lots of features, but why not try out a vintage, cheaper camera first?

Indoor, outdoor, Low-Light subjects

First of all: what do you want to do with your camera, film indoors or mainly outdoors? Sport events, fast camera work or will it be on a tripod a lot? Most cameras will shoot at multiple speeds but the cheaper ones tend to only have the 18 fps. option. At this speed, your precious film cartridge with 50 ft. (15 mt.) of film will last around 3 min. and 20 sec. Also good in low-light conditions since the slower shutter speed will let more light through. Most sound cameras have 24 fps. which means you can film approx. 2 min. and 30 sec. with one cartridge.

Want to film with sound?

In the good ol days Kodak and other film manufacturers like Agfa made sound-striped super-8 cartridges. These only fit in sound cameras, like the 1014XL-S, 814XL-S or some Nizo's. Unfortunately these films are not made anymore. If you want to record local sound, use a (digital) recorder for editing in post-production. Be aware that super 8 cameras which were not intended to record sound, can be more noisy, so buy a Nizo 2056, 4080 or 6080 or 1014XL-S or 814XL-S or any other super-8 sound camera, which are more quiet if you want to record sound.

Process you own super-8 film

I really recommend processing your own film, it's incredible rewarding. It's not that difficult and all you need are some chemicals and a super-8mm developing tank.

What is a super 8 camera?

super 8 camera

Super 8 cameras were introduced in 1965 by Kodak for their new film format super 8mm, which replaced the regular-8mm (also double-8 or standard-8) film format which Kodak released in 1932. Most super 8 cameras readily available nowadays are used ones from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s! So be careful if you buy one, be it a Nizo, Canon, Nikon or Beaulieu, make sure everything is tip top!

Super 8 value

What's your Super 8 worth? Take a look at this list of Super 8: sold cameras for a value indication.

See also:
16mm camera 16mm projector Editor Lomo tank Super 8 projector Video transfer

Super 8 for sale on eBay:
canon 1014 xl s super 8mm film camera
Canon 1014 Xl S Super 8mm Film Camera...
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Nikon R8 Super 8mm Video Camera 3159...
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Nizo Braun 6080 super 8 Camera Case...
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Canon 814xl S Super 8mm Movie Camera Sound...
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Minolta Autopak 8 D6 8 Mm Movie Camera...
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Canon 814 Super 8mm Movie Camera Near Mint...
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Canon Super 8 Auto Zoom 814 Movie Camera...
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Canon 814 Electronic Auto Zoom Super 8...
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Canon 1014xl S Super 8mm Film Camera...
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Braun Nizo S36 Super 8 Camera...
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Canon 310xl Super 8 Film Movie Camera...
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Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 Movie Film...
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Nizo 801 Macro Movie Camera Super 8mm Film...
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Gaf St 202 Super 8 Movie Camera Manual...
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Canon 514xl S Super 8 Movie Camera Sound...
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Keystone Xl Super 8 Video Movie Camera Box...
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Bentley Super 8 Bx 720 Movie Camera...
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Eumig Makro Sound 80 Live Sound Super 8...
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Canon Auto Zoom 518 Sv Super 8 Movie...
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Elmo 1000s Macro Super 8 Sound Movie Film...
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Sankyo Xl 620 Super 8mm Film School...
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Chinon 20 P Xl Direct Sound Super 8 Film...
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Bell Howell Compact Autoload Super 8...
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Canon Af 514xl S Sound Super 8 Autofocus...
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Canon Super 8 Auto Zoom 518 Cine Camera...
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Working Minolta Autopak 8 D10 Super 8...