Check the Wayback Machine's dials, Sherman—hmm. They still read 2016. And yet Kodak is introducing an entirely new model of Super 8 camera, that can record onto a popular small-format analog film. Using an 8mm format, Super 8 extended the size of the frame by reducing perforations. This allowed a higher-quality picture without jumping up to what was once the expense of 16mm or 35mm cameras, editing, and developing.
The Super 8 format has a lot in common with early versions of compact digital cameras and cameraphones: It can't record for very long and it's got a fuzzy quality (that filmmakers adore, however). You have to make choices when shooting Super 8, just like you had to make choices about storage, battery, and duration with earlier compact digital video.
Kodak says it's combining the best of analog and digital into one device, the first new Super 8 camera from a major manufacturer in decades. While it shoots analog onto 50 ft (15m) Super 8 cartridges, it also sports a 3½-inch electronic viewfinder, charges via USB, and supports standard-definition video input. It has an integrated microphone, and comes with a fixed-focus lens, but a zoom will be available as an option.
One cartridge can record about 2½ minutes at 24 frames per second (fps), and the camera supports 9, 12, 18, 24, and 25 fps rates. After shooting, you send the cartridge to Kodak, which develops it and creates a downloadable digital scan, and then returns the develop analog film to you.
Now for the price: It'll cost about $450 to $750 when it ships as a limited-edition model in the third quarter of 2016; a cheaper version will come out in early 2017. Super 8 film runs about $20 to $35 a cartridge, and Kodak estimates its developing and scanning will cost about $50 to $75 (some reports indicate this includes the cost of the film; others, that you'll buy a roll and then pay that fee separately). This won't be for the casual hobbyist, but there is a loving audience of film-school students, amateurs who love film, and professional filmmakers who are going to love this return.