Kodak Finally Releases Footage From New Super 8 Hybrid Camera

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When Kodak released the super 8mm camera in 1965 it literally brought filmmaking to the masses. The original camera housed film in an easy-to-load plastic cartridge that meant the consumer didn't have to worry about loading the film properly through the gate or accidental exposure. The cartridges were practically foolproof with a precision-notch cut into the side of the cartridge that told most cameras what speed or ASA the film was or whether it was color or black and white. 

It was an immediate hit with independent filmmakers, and documentarians, but where it found its niche was the average American family. Up until that point, there was no easy way for someone to archive their families lives without knowing a lot about motion photography. 

Today, virtually everyone has a camera on their smartphone that looks better than most 8mm or even 16mm film. That, however, doesn't mean that there's no place for a camera that actually shoots Super 8mm film. On the contrary, it has a beautiful and vintage feel. Images instantly look like they were dug out of a time capsule in someone's lawn. Check out this first sample footage.

 

Kodak first announced the camera at CES in 2016 and it's still not available to purchase, however, it's real and it's coming at some point. 

The new Yves BĂ©har-designed camera for Kodak, will reportedly cost between $2,500 and $3,000 and has a 3.5-inch LCD, variable speed control, and C-mount lens support.

Though not much else is revealed aside from Kodak saying that the new Super 8 camera will be as easy to use as a DSLR and owners will be able to use Kodak's new online Darkroom, called... Kodak Darkroom to buy and process the film, which will be digitally scanned and uploaded to your darkroom before you actually get the physical media back. 

This is clearly no longer a device for the masses and now more of a niche camera that lets you record images of the past. It's fun, but not groundbreaking and not something that's essential. But then again, what is? 

Source: KODAK