Kodak’s reborn Super 8 film camera is finally available… for a ridiculous price tag

After an almost 40-year hiatus, Kodak Super 8 is back. Yes, the makers who popularized the cinema film format have finally brought to market a new Super 8 Camera enhanced for the digital world, after the project was first unveiled at CES in 2016. 

I’ll bet the new Kodak Super 8 Camera spikes plenty of interest – it’s simply not the kind of tech we see hit the shelves in 2023. And for many in the industry, including all-time great movie directors Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins and Steven McQueen, Super 8 is cinema. There’s even a movie, Super 8, dedicated to the romance of the format. I loved it.

To paraphrase some of their words, “(Super 8) made me fall in love with cinematic storytelling”, “It taught me how precious an image is and can be” and “There’s always a sense of discovery with the format”.

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We’re now in a digital film world, so where does Super 8 fit in? From a product development perspective, naturally, any new-to-market traditional film camera needs to evolve. Kodak has rolled out key upgrades in its 21st century Super 8 Camera, including a 4-inch vari-angle LCD screen and ‘Extended Gate’ video recording. However, it’s also an incredibly expensive bit of gear, above and beyond the projected list price when it was first unveiled in 2016, and pricier than some of the best mirrorless cameras for any budget.

A new Super 8