This website was created with the intention of offering simple photographic guides to facilitate a relatively "risk free" investigation into a non-functioning camera, or for the braver person, more complex methods. Hopefully with a little judicious cleaning and light lubricating, a person might resurrect an otherwise "dead" camera. All repairs portrayed on this website have not damaged the cameras used, but instead got them running again.
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NEW SECTION ON CANON 310xl & 514xl
A new section is being compiled by film enthusiast K. Billingsley. His repair instructions will enable continued use of popular entry level Canon Super8 cameras.
COMMON CANON CAMERA FAULTS
If the camera is totally non-responsive to operation, then removing the hand grip and cleaning or replacing the affected electrical contact parts may return the camera to useable condition. A "dead" camera may be a simple fix.
CAMERA "RUNS ON"
If the camera fails to stop running once the trigger is applied, or does not stop until power is removed, or the camera is turned off manually, you may have a hard time fixing the problem. I have been unable to "cure" such a thing, other than running the camera a lot in an attempt to "un-gum" it.
If the outer lens, the one that can be cleaned, appears either to be "fogged" or scratched, removal and either cleaning or replacement is relatively simple.
If all other functions on the camera work, but the zoom motor fails to operate, it could either be a jammed cog, a shaft needing lubrication, or a seized zoom motor.
If the zoom motor works, but all other electrical parts do not, do not disassemble the hand grip, as current is getting through. You either have a circuitry problem or a seized main motor. Repairing such faults is expensive, and may not be possible depending on your location.
CAMERA "SCREETCH" OR NOISY VIBRATION
If the camera, while running, makes a "screetching" noise from within the casing, yet all functions appear to be working normally, do not attempt to dismantle the camera looking for the source of the vibration, unless you know for sure the cause. I have attempted to find the source of this noise to no avail.
Purchase the proper tools before dismantling any camera. Small screwdrivers can be bought cheaply from electrical parts stores. Use a foam pad to rest the camera on, never use a vice. Always keep piles of screws seperate. Never force anything, just keep looking for the right way to remove it. When attempting repairs, always be careful when using sharp tools as these cameras use alot of Aluminium which scratches easily.
This website has been created as a guide in the disassembly and possible repair of Canon Super8 cameras. It should be kept in mind that these cameras are quite old by 2011, and their condition will vary, as their chance of being repaired. If a person follows the instructions on this website, and their camera still fails to function, I cannot be considered liable, as the number of possible faults in a non-functioning 20+ year old camera is far more numerous than the simple tips I have posted here. If people would like to either add pictures describing a repair, or believe I have missed something, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org