Analog Renaissance: Kodak Super 8

Kodak is about to bring back a classic with a new Super 8 camera, as a film camera with digital features. Kodak has just released the first footage captured with the camera.

The original announcement at CES 2016 brought with it a lot of excitement from many corners of the industry, including studio level directors and the masses who just love film and shoot it whenever possible. Designed by Yves Behar, the camera would be available for $400-$750, then eventually cheape,according to the original announcement. Now finally back with footage from the new camera, there is also a new final price: four times the originally announced cost, $2500.

Its features and specs include variable speed shooting (18, 24, 25, 36 FPS), a 6mm f/1.2 Ricoh lens, manual aperture and focusing, a swiveling 4-inch display, a built-in light meter, and a jog wheel user interface. The camera also packs some modern ports, including an SD card slot via which the audio is stored. The camera utilizes an 8mm film cartridge.

One of Kodak’s goals is to make this new Kodak Super 8 camera “as easy to use as any DSLR.” To that end, Kodak is also launching a new online service called “The Darkroom,” which will allow customers to both purchase film and process exposed film.

Super8 still has a lot of uses. Aside from it’s “look,” it’s still got a beautiful archival quality. Even projects lost for decades can survive and get fired up in a projector.