Kodak announced this week it is planning on releasing a new Super 8 “next generation” film camera for release in Fall 2016. This is an interesting and curious move from the company who’s shuffled quite a bit in recent years going in and out of bankruptcy and other financial problems.
But this marks a highly unique offering from the yellow giant. This Super 8 camera will be a hybrid digital and film camera. It will feature a digital view finder and has compatibility via HDMI and features an SD card slot. Its unclear on what the digital compatibility is with this camera, but either way it records on to Super 8 cartridges.
What’s particularly interesting about this is Kodak’s plan for processing and scanning the film. So for $50-$75 for a cartridge of film, the processing is included as well as scanning. Send your film off and they’ll send you processed film back. You’ll get a link to download a digital copy of your footage as well.
Camera specs have been released on the product page. It will shoot Max 8 (16:9) aspect ratio and features frame rates of 9, 12, 18, 24, 25 FPS all with Crystal Sync. The lens is a fixed 6mm 1:1.2 Ricoh lens with an optional 8-48 lens available. The lens will have manual focus and iris control. It will have a built in light-meter for supported speeds of Kodak film. Integrated battery and charging will use a standard USB wall adaptor.
Price will be $400-$750 and will be released in the Fall of 2016.