What is the best super 8 camera? Well of course the one you have with you! 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.

Indoor, outdoor, 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.

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 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.

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 autozoom 1014 electronic super 8
Canon Autozoom 1014 Electronic Super 8...
$100.00
canon auto zoom 1014 xl electronic super
Canon Auto Zoom 1014 Xl Electronic super...
$180.00
minolta xl 601 super 8 camera
Minolta Xl 601 Super 8 Camera...
$39.95
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Nikon R8 Super 8mm Video Camera 3159...
$154.76
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$176.08
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Leicina Super Super 8mm Movie Camera...
$749.00
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Sankyo Xl 620 Super 8mm Film School...
$169.99
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Braun Nizo 801 Black Super 8 Movie Camera...
$249.95
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Canon 814xl Electronic Super 8mm Movie...
$299.00
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Gaf St 802 Super 8 Movie Camera Power Cord...
$3.99
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Minolta Xl 601 Super 8 Camera Film...
$100.00
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Canon 310 Xl Super 8mm Film Movie Video...
$114.99
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Canon 814 Xl S Canosound Super 8 Movie...
$365.36
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Canon 310xl Super 8 Cine Camera...
$50.00
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Canon 310xl Super 8 Film Movie Camera...
$130.00
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Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 Movie Camera...
$29.99
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Canon Auto Zoom 518 Super 8 Camera...
$150.00
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Canon 814xls Super 8mm Movie Camera Good...
$325.00
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Minolta Autopak 8 D6 8 Mm Movie Camera...
$25.00
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Bundle 1980 Nikon Super 8 Zoom 8 Mm Film...
$79.99
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Cinepresa Nizo S800 Super 8 Anni 70...
$74.84
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Minolta Autopak 8 D10 Super 8mm Camera W...
$400.00
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Canon 310xl Super 8 Movie Camera 3x Power...
$127.99
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Anscomatic St 87 Super 8 Movie Camera...
$4.23
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Yashica Super 8 25 Camera Yashinon F 1 8...
$39.99
braun nizo professional super 8 8mm film
Braun Nizo Professional Super 8 8mm Film...
$409.38