Kodak Unveils Advanced Super-8 Camera with Digital Features and Wider Format

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Kodak Unveils Advanced Super-8 Camera with Digital Features and Wider Format

After nearly eight years since its announcement at CES 2016, Kodak has unveiled its new Super-8 camera. The camera utilizes traditional Super-8 film and crystal synchronization at 24 or 25 frames per second, integrating numerous digital elements.

For instance, the camera features a digital viewfinder that can be folded similar to a camcorder. Its four-inch screen can be positioned at various angles, making it easier to capture shots in challenging positions. The camera settings can also be accessed via the screen, with the image signal captured through a TTL sensor in the camera’s optical path.

Kodak’s new camera records in a 14:9 format, slightly wider than older Super-8 cameras. This format aims to facilitate easier compatibility with modern, generally wider aspect ratios. Alongside 24 and 25 fps, the camera supports frame rates of 18 and 36 fps. It uses Kodak’s Super-8 cartridges containing 15 meters of film, displaying an exposure meter on the screen.

Two different grip options are available for users: a top-mounted handle or a pistol grip. Both grips feature a shutter button, with the pistol grip being detachable. The camera employs a C-mount, and a 6mm lens is included in the package.

Users can record audio directly onto an SD card using the built-in recorder. While the Super-8 camera doesn’t seem to have an onboard microphone, external mics can be connected via a 3.5mm jack. The audio levels can be monitored on the camera’s screen. Additionally, the camera offers a Micro-HDMI output for displaying footage on a monitor.

Priced at $5,500 plus taxes, Kodak’s new Super-8 camera isn’t a budget-friendly option. Alongside the camera, the package includes a lens with caps, a pistol grip, a battery with charger, a cloth, a Pelican Case, and 15 meters of TRI-X black and white film. Interested buyers need to join a waitlist. Initially, the Super-8 camera will be available in the USA and later released worldwide.

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