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The Canon 518 super 8 camera was one of the first on the market and is a very decent and affordable camera. It runs on 18 fps and slow motion (around 36 fps), has a sharp and fast lens: F1.8, 5-times electric zoom 9.5 to 47.5mm and auto/manual aperture setting. Does the job for capturing (water-)sports, dance and other smooth or fast motions.

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canon 518


Image Size 4.2 x 5.7 mm
Focal Length/Speed 9.5 - 47.5mm f/1.8 (14 elements in 11 groups, including 6 new type glass elements). Inner diameter: 48 mm, outer diameter: 50 mm. Amber and magenta coating.
Focal length can be shortened to wide angel zoom of 6.2 - 31 mm with the Wide Converter 0.65X and extended to super telephoto of 15.6 - 78mm with the Tele Converter 1.6X.
Zooming Ratio 5x
Focusing Manual (Front lens group rotating method), 1.2 m to infinity
Zooming Power zooming (Approx. 6 sec.) and manual zooming with zooming ring. Rotation angle: Approx. 100 degrees.
Filter Size 48 mm
Viewfinder Single-lens reflex type
Rangefinder Prism screen rangefinder (Micro-prism rangefinder)
Dioptric Adjustment -3 to +1 diopter
Viewfinder information Aperture value, exposure meter needle, over/under exposure warnings, film end precaution
Exposure Control TTL Servo EE with a CdS exposure meter. Automatic aperture setting coupled to loaded film speed and filming speed.
Metering Range ISO 400 f/1.8, 18 fps - ISO 16, f/32, slow motion
Film Speed Automatic ISO setting by film cartridge
Tungsten type film: ISO 25, 40, 64, 100, 160, 250 and 400
Daylight type film: ISO 16, 25, 40, 64, 100, 160 and 250
CCA Filter A Color Conversion filter A is built-in to use tungsten type film under daylight. The CCA filter is automatically cancelled with loading of a daylight type film cartridge. Manual cancellation of the CCA filter is possible.
Manual Aperture Control Automatic and manual aperture setting with the aperture setting ring. Fade in/out possible with manual aperture control.
Film Drive High performance micro-motor
Filming Speed 18, 24 fps, slow motion (Approx. 36 fps) and single frame
Power Source Four AA batteries in the grip for film drive and exposure metering.
Battery Life Sufficient power for 10 cartridges under normal temperature
Footage Counter Counts up. Automatic resetting by unloading of a cartridge.
Battery Check Push button checking.
Shutter Opening 160 degrees
Release Socket Sockets for continuous shooting and single frame.
Main Switch Three way switch for off, running lock and remote control
Film End Precaution A yellow warning lamp lights up 2 ft. before film-end.
Safety Device Preventing mistakes on shooting: Over/under exposure warning and film transportation confirmation window.
Remote Control Possible with the Remote Switch 3.
Grip Fixed. Contains batteries.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 60.5 x 193.5 x 212 mm
Weight 1200 g (Body only)


Need the manual? Download here the Canon 518 manual:
Canon Zoom 318 & Canon Zoom 518 manual (PDF).

Sample movies

Watch films shot with the Canon 518 on YouTube.

Updated: 30 March 2020
See also:
Canon Canon 1014 Canon 1014 xls Canon 1218 Canon 310 Canon 512 Canon 514 Canon 514xl s Canon 518 Canon 814 Canon 814 xls Canon zoom 250

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John - June 10, 2020
I recently bought a canon 518 auto zoom super 8 camera, and am looking for a replacement rubber eye piece. I'm also looking the screw that holds the battery into the handle.
WebmasterJohn - June 11, 2020
I'm afraid you have to look for one for parts to get the screw. I haven't had a 518 for years now, so I can't check, but is it possible to use a universal screw? Also the rubber eye piece seems to be integrated in the body...