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Chinon Bellami HD-1 video camera blends Super 8 past with the HD present

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The Bellami HD-1 is Chinon's digital homage to Super 8 film cameras.

No matter how much technology advances, it seems people will always have a place in their hearts for products from the past. Ideas from the older generation of photography are still alive today – a good example of that is the Bellami HD-1 digital camera, which was inspired by the Super 8 cameras of the mid-to-late 1960s.

With the Bellami HD-1, Japan-based manufacturer Chinon pays homage to Kodak’s Super 8mm camera that was first created in 1965. The HD-1 is a handheld video camera that features a retro die-cast trigger handle and body, a 2.1-megapixel MOS sensor, and the capability of shooting in 10, 15, and 30 frames per second. 

It may look like some kind of a laser gun, but as its name implies, the camera shoots full 1080p HD video. Also, the HD-1 can reach shutter speeds of up to 1/1000 per second, and is equipped with a removable grip and a D-mount that allows you to interchange different 8mm lenses, giving you the full Super 8 experience (just without the analog format). 

This camera has a removable grip and allows the use of various lenses.
This camera has a removable grip and allows the use of various 8mm lenses.

The Bellami HD-1 is currently only available in Japan for around 80,000 yen (approximately $800), but it has the potential to become popular in other parts of the world. People have been interested in Super 8 for a long time, and companies like Nolab have tried to update the Super 8 medium using modern camera technology. Nolab’s attempt revolved around putting a digital sensor in an old film camera, but Chinon’s approach is to go all digital.

Catch a glimpse of the Chinon Super 8 Bellami HD-1 in the short video below. 


(Via DesignBoom)

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