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You want to buy a super 8 film camera? There are so many models and brands for sale, which one is the best for your film projects?

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. Be creative!

Super 8 cameras explained

Super 8mm cameras were introduced in 1965 by Kodak for their new film format super 8mm, which replaced the regular-8mm (also known as 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, tested and/or refurbished!

There are some very good high-end super 8 cameras for sale, a lot of decent movie cameras, and a whole bunch that might be better avoided. Personally, I would recommend buying a Nizo 481, 561 or 801 if you have a modest budget and you don’t need to record sound with an external recorder.

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

If you are on a tight budget, why not try out a vintage, cheaper camera first? If you get hooked, you can always buy a more expensive one with more features.

Professional cameras

You want the best of the best, warranty and excellent services? It’s true that finding a good camera on eBay can be a hassle and you have to spend a lot of time finding the right, reliable listings. It doesn’t help if the camera is described as a ‘perfectly functioning camera 30 years ago’. There are some service shops out there where you can buy overhauled movie cameras with warranty.

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 super 8 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 Canon 1014 XLS, 814XL-S or some Nizo’s. Unfortunately these films are not produced 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 external sound.

Process your own super-8 movies

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 like the Lomo tank.

Find out more about how to choose a 8mm camera on YouTube. Looking for places to discuss and connect with other movie buffs? Take a look at these forums:, and reddit/r/8mm/.

And don’t forget to get a retro Polaroid camera to upgrade your super 8 kit!

Super 8 value and price guide

What’s your Super 8 worth? Here are some recently sold items on eBay.

Camera Title Date Sold for unused top mint canon zoom ds 8 double super 8 Unused Top Mint Canon Zoom Ds 8 Double Super 8… 08/2021 $1 343.56 all works near mint canon 1014xl s super 8 8mm All Works Near Mint Canon 1014xl S Super 8 8mm… 09/2021 $1 299.99 rare mint canon 1014xl s super 8 8mm film movie Rare Mint Canon 1014xl S Super 8 8mm Film Movie… 08/2021 $1 099.99 beaulieu 4008 zm ii super 8 film camera serviced Beaulieu 4008 Zm Ii Super 8 Film Camera Serviced… 08/2021 $1 099.00 beaulieu 4008 zm ii super 8 film camera serviced Beaulieu 4008 Zm Ii Super 8 Film Camera Serviced… 10/2021 $1 099.00 no pictureSee all sold items for more prices10/2021-.-

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