While CES 2016 has been dominated thus far by buzzwords like HDR, 4K and multi-room audio, Kodak is going back to its roots. The iconic brand is aiming to bring back the popular medium, Super 8, from the 1970’s with a fresh batch of hardware. Kodak is preparing to release two different versions of the camera this fall in conjunction with a new service that processes, scans and delivers all of your footage. Initial mockups of the device look great. The question is, will consumers buy-in? Head below for more information and a gallery of images.
The new Super 8 camera is a fresh take on an old classic. Kodak’s latest includes a digital viewfinder, plenty of connectivity options (USB, HDMI, and SD, amongst others) and an integrated microphone. It has the same throwback design with a rectangular shape and handle protruding from the top.
Kodak isn’t just releasing it as a feel-good nostalgic device. It envisions the Super 8 camera as a powerful tool in the world of film. The new shooter provides the opportunity for film students to have access to a medium that has largely been superseded by digital. Kodak will have a processing service that takes each $50-$75 cartridge and digitizes it for the consumer. The service will be included in the cost of a fresh roll of film.
At this time, Kodak plans to release these new cameras in the fall with a price tag between $400 and $750 depending on the model. Each camera will be made from machined metal in “midnight black” or “bone china”. More information is expected to come throughout the year. If you can’t wait until the fall, there are plenty of Super 8 cameras for sale on eBay with prices generally falling between $20-$100. Super 8 film is still widely available at online retailers like Amazon.
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