Film lovers and analog purists are not-so-patiently awaiting the release of Kodak's new Super 8 camera, which should finally come out sometime this year at a cost of $2,500-$3,000. In the meantime, Kodak took CES as an opportunity to release some new test footage that looks rather incredible. At times, the reel displays a properly vintage look reminiscent of 1960s French films. Yet, in other sequences, the footage looks much more updated. It's sharper and boasts much higher contrast, which gives hope to directors that this will be a very flexible, very capable setup.
The Kodak Super 8 camera was announced two years ago, but is only now around the corner from release. While the new Super 8 does not shoot digitally, it is a film movie camera fit for the modern age with features such as a digital sensor that reads out onto a flip-out screen for monitoring and digital audio recording to SD cards. A fully digital menu system allows for the adjustment of various settings while a contemporary design should help inspire creatives looking for a fun way to shoot a comeback format. All of this won't be cheap, though, with the camera costing several thousand dollars to start and the additional cost of about $200 per film cartridge by the time it's processed and scanned for digital consumption.
Naturally, even with film costs as high as they are, we hope to see the Kodak Super 8 sooner rather than later.