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Super 8 cameras are a great collectors’ item, and a perfect gift for cinephiles or anyone who wants to add a vintage aesthetic to their film collection. Beyond that, these handheld cameras are mostly affordable, they look pretty cool, and whipping one of these babies out will surely turn a few heads. Given how popular nostalgia has become, finding the right vintage camera can be a time-consuming task. To get started, you’ll want to narrow down what type of Super 8 camera works best for your film needs, and how much you’re willing to spend. If you’re unable to make it to a local thrift store or antique camera shop to buy one in person, we put together a list of used cameras from the ‘70s and ‘60s that you can purchase online.
All the cameras in our roundup have been tested by the sellers, reviewed by customers, and start at around $120 and up. So whether you’re a dedicated collector, or simply want to pick up a new (well, technically old) camera, these Super 8 cameras from Canon, Bauer, Braun, and more brands will make the perfect addition to your collection. Find our list below, and for more camera recommendations check out these nostalgia-inspired photography cameras, and the best film cameras for any budget.
When it comes to camera brands, Canon tends to stand out among the bunch. The Canon 518 SV Auto Zoom Super 8 Cine Film Camera was originally introduced in the early 1970s. The model pictured has a little wear and tear on the body, but the camera works fine, and it has auto and manual zoom functions.
A light, compact, relic from the ‘80s, the Bauer S 207 XL Super 8 camera includes a Bauer Macro Neovaron lens f: 1.2 \ F: 7-45 mm, and a film speed of 18, 24, and 40 fps. The handheld camera works with Kodak Vision 3 Color film stock, or Kodak Tri-X Black & White film stock.
Another option from the ‘80s, this vintage Super 8 camera from Bell & Howell is in good condition with a running motor, and has been tested to ensure battery functionality. Plus, it’s a little cheaper than the Bauer S 207 XL.
Originally released in 1975, the Canon 310 XL Super 8 camera was groundbreaking in its heyday. The camera features what was then the world’s faster lens speed of f/1.0 with a 3x zoom. It’s suitable for low-light conditions and includes single-frame exposures for animation.
This fully working Nizo S1 is a solid entry-level Super 8 camera that can hold its own against the more popular Canon 310 XL, and Canon 514XL. The Nizo S1 features auto and manual exposure, 24fps, working auto zoom, and a smooth and responsive shutter.
The Sankyo MF-303 Super 8 camera has a boxier design than the other cameras on the list, but many of the same essential features. The camera includes macro and aerial focusing, auto/manual zoom, a 1,8 / 9 – 30 mm lens, and shutter degree of 220. It also comes with a carrying case, and uses four AA batteries (which you can purchase here).
The Bauer C 2 A Super 8mm Camera made its debut in the ‘60s. This vintage camera is in good cosmetic condition and has been tested to make sure that it works. It has a silent motor with auto and manual zoom functions (8x zoom ratio) and a Bauer Vario f: 1.8 / F: 7.5-60 mm lens. The camera has a film speed of 12, 18, and 24 fps, along with auto and manual exposure, and it runs on four AAA batteries (which you can purchase here).
The battery-operated Elmo 103 is one of the cheaper vintage Super 8 cameras on the list. This particular model is in good condition with the exception of light scratches on the body (according to the seller). Features include autofocus, manual/power zoom capabilities, and manual/automatic exposure. The camera is also under 60-day warranty.