Check out these old-school home movie cameras from the 50s, 60s & 70s, before digital video was a thing

See old home movie cameras that used film

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Bolex 8mm home movie camera ad with Bob Hope (1956)

Bolex is a superb Swiss movie camera, styled for those who want the very finest in movie equipment. That’s why in Hollywood, for example, you’ll find professionals and amateurs alike admiring the matchless craftsmanship in every Bolex detail.

Bolex home movie camera ad with Bob Hope (1956)


Revere Electric Eye-Matic 8mm fully-automatic movie cameras (1958)

Here is the world’s first completely new automatic camera — backed by more than six years of electric and engineering research.

The Revere Electric Eye-Matic is the easiest movie camera in the world to operate. Just aim and shoot! Capture the action the instant it happens. Sweep from sunlight to shade or floodlight to shadow without resetting!

Whatever the light condition, indoors or outdoors, the Exposure Computer Lens electronically adjusts the iris opening instantly and continuously, like the action in the pupil of your eye. All done by energy of light, without aid of batteries. You get perfectly exposed pictures every time.

Included also are such outstanding features as: automatically computed lens setting always visible through the viewfinder for special effect references; insufficient light signal; extra-large, tinted, optical glass viewfinder; view-finder parallax adjustment; extra-long-run governor-controlled spring motor and many more.

Compare the Revere Electric Eye-Matic with any other camera and you’ll agree there’s nothing like it anywhere!

Revere 8mm fully-automatic movie cameras (1958)


Wittnauer Cine Twin 8mm movie camera and projector all in one (1958)

Here is the amazing new Wittnauer Cine-Twin that you have heard about. This fabulous professional-type all-electric movie camera and project combination can save you over $100 as compared with separate units of equal quality.

Take the Cine-Twin camera. It’s battery-driven; no springs to wind — you can take a full reel without stopping, even get into the action yourself.

A few of the other exclusive features: a true turret; an oversized optical zoomfinder; a lifetime reserve power indicator which constantly monitors the camera’s electronic circuit.

You experience the thrill of taking fascinating professional-quality home movies—steady, flicker-less, brilliant in color, correct in speed. A graphic color-coded exposure system guarantees perfect shots.

In 30 seconds your Wittnauer Cine-Twin converts from camera to compact, high-precision projector—ready to regale you with perfectly beautiful, brilliantly colored, life-like home movies.

But, truly, words cannot describe this amazing all-electric movie camera-projector combination. We urge you to see the Wittnauer Cine-Twin for yourself. The price complete, ready to take and show movies, with f/2.5 standard taking lens and f/1.6 projection lens — $169.50. Telephoto and wide-angle acces-sory lenses are available at nominal extra cost.

Wittnauer Cine Twin 8mm movie camera and projector all in one (1958)


Bell & Howell Focus-Tronic Super 8 movie camera (1966)

This power focusing camera assures you of razor-sharp zoom movies — without guessing.

The BELL & HOWELL touch: We’ve taken the guesswork out of focusing. Our 5-to-1 zoom lens camera — the Focus-Ironic Super 8 — has Power Focus.

This Bell & Howell exclusive puts you in perfect focus with the push of a button. And it locks you there, whether you power zoom in or out through the entire 5-to-1 range of the lens (the same basic lens system we built for the successful Surveyor moon shot program).

Power Focus assures you that your movies will be sharp. Our automatic Optronic Eye guarantees that your exposures will be perfect. And you can switch into slow motion instantly: right in the middle of a shot.

A commitment to innovation and precision: The Bell & Howell touch that makes all our cameras fine photographic instruments. And your movies more exciting and fun to see … for years and years to come.

When you look through the viewfinder, you’ll see a highly magnified image. If it’s out of focus, push a button until it’s sharp. Now you’re locked in perfect focus…

Bell and Howell Focus-Tronic Super 8 movie camera (1966)


Konica Super 8-6TL movie camera for film (1967)

Konica Super 8-6TL movie camera for film (1967)


GAF Anscomatic ST-90 movie camera (1967)

Only the ingenuity of GAF design could offer cameras that appeal to the more experienced photographer, as well as to the beginner. The GAF Anscomatic® 726 still camera, and the GAF Anscomatic ST/90 movie camera do it by simplifying the complicated features often used for advanced photography.

The feature-packed ST/90 movie camera with accelerated motion and slow motion takes all Super 8 film cartridges, and has 5-to-1 push button power zoom lens for complete scene control, elec-tric drive, automatic exposure control with manual override. Under $185.

These are the features that make a camera come alive. And with a little help from GAF’s “family of fine Anscochrome films,” you can make any scene you’re shooting come alive, too. Get the picture?

GAF Anscomatic ST-90 movie camera (1967)


Minolta XL-660 sound movie camera (1977)

The Minolta XL-660 sound movie camera gives you seven more features than the similarly priced Kodak. Why do we do it?

If you’re like most people, when you think of buying a movie camera, you think of buying a Kodak” So to change your mind, we at Minolta have to offer you more camera than you get from Kodak for about the same amount of money. Which is what we’ve done for you with the very versatile Minolta XL-660 super-8 sound movie camera.

That’s why you get seven additional features for easier-to-take, more professional-looking movies. And it’s a unique combination of features you can’t get in a Kodak sound movie camera, no matter how much you pay.

Minolta XL-660 sound movie camera (1977)


Sankyo movie cameras – One movie is worth a thousand snapshots! (1980)

There’s a Sankyo for every budget… from our new EM20XL silent and XL320 sound — to models with every more features. Or go all the way with our amazing XL620 Supetronic.

Sankyo movie cameras - EM20XL XL320 XL620 models (1980)

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