Do you remember using big cinema-style cameras to shoot videos and VHS recordings a few decades ago? If you’re called a boomer by this generation, you might have seen the Kodak Super 8 in the 80s.
It was the rage amongst all filmmaking students and budget VHS “Super 8” filmmakers back in the day. In addition, many famous filmmakers like Steven Speilberg and Christopher Nolan praise it for being the GOAT. It’s GOAT-ed so much that a Super 8 (2011) movie showers praise on its creation!
After almost 40 years, Kodak is reviving this camera line for a new run. Therefore, a new Kodak Super 8 will be on its way to this generation’s budding new Spielbergs and Tarantinos.
We first got a look at this new Kodak Super 8 back in CES 2016. However, after seven years of silence, this long-lost relic’s revival might soon be upon us.
The new Kodak Super 8 looks similar to the previous one – like a big rectangular box. It has a C-mount interchangeable lens equivalent to 35mm lenses). However, it has a new 4” LCD vari-angle screen for composing your shots. In addition, it helps you see aspect ratios, camera settings, and overlay menus on the screen.
Plus, unlike the previous Super 8, this new model allows you to shoot in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Additionally, you can now directly record audio on it, backed up by a 3.5mm jack and an SD card. Moreover, you can now charge it up with a USB charger!
However, while its features might seem impressive – its price is ridiculous. The Kodak Super 8 price is $5,495 – far higher than its initial $750 announced at CES 2016. What is the cause of such high inflation? We don’t know. But we expect to see whether it lives up to its price tag when it launches sometime next year.
So, do you think the new rebirth of Kodak Super 8 will bring back a bygone era of independent filmmaking? Or will mirrorless cameras like the Canon EOS R still reign supreme for a lower price tag? Let us know in the comments below!