While other photo brands are busy announcing their latest and greatest digital cameras, Kodak has a rather unusual unveiling: it’s bringing back the legendary Super 8 camera as a film product with digital features.
“Super 8 is 50 years old. Now it is making a comeback among filmmakers – amateurs and professionals alike,” Kodak tells PetaPixel. “The trend is analogous to the resurgence in interest in vinyl records — an ‘analog renaissance’.”
This new camera is part of Kodak’s broader effort to keep film alive as a medium. A number of major recent Hollywood films were shot on Kodak film — the biggest being the new Star Wars — and 2016 is set to be the year that Kodak’s film business becomes profitable again.
The new Kodak Super 8 camera combines classic features with digital functionality. There’s a 3.5-inch swiveling digital viewfinder for framing shots, but those shots are captured on Super 8 Kodak film — each film cartridge contains 50 feet (15m) of film.
On the front of the camera is a fixed 6mm Ricoh lens (or, optionally, a 6-48mm zoom lens). There’s also a job wheel user interface, a built-in light meter, cartridge detection, exposure control, manual speed/iris setting, and charging the battery via a USB wall adapter.