Kodak’s New Super 8 Camera Set for Imminent Launch
At CES 2016, Kodak unveiled an eye-catching retro camera designed for filming on Super 8 films. This new camera, while maintaining a nostalgic look, also incorporates modern features such as a folding viewfinder with a 4″ LCD screen, support for microSD cards for audio recording, micro HDMI output for connecting an external monitor, and a rechargeable battery via a microUSB port.
In addition to its modern features, users will have the ability to play with focus using C-mount lenses available on the market, and the camera will come with a 6mm wide-angle lens.
When initially announced, Kodak quoted prices of $400 to $750, but over the years the price has increased substantially. The company plans to launch the camera for $5,495, leading to criticism due to its high cost, especially considering that second-hand cameras for filming movies can be found on the market for a fraction of the price.
One of the criticisms the camera has faced is the continued use of a microUSB connector, which is considered obsolete.
This product is clearly targeted towards a specific group of users passionate about film and analog photography, as evidenced by the limited units available at launch. The camera will first be available on December 4 and will later be released in Canada, the United Kingdom, and select European markets.
Another point of contention is the cost of the film cartridges, which only allow for about two and a half minutes of filming at 24 frames per second, with an additional charge for development.
Despite the high price and criticisms, Kodak has enabled reservations for the camera on its website, allowing interested parties to receive updates and information as the launch date approaches. This move has rekindled interest in the product, which many thought had been abandoned due to the lack of news in recent years.
In light of the imminent launch, it will be interesting to see how the market responds to Kodak’s new Super 8 camera.