The trade off being: more efficient Kodak camera which I would have to wait for vs less efficient vintage camera which is available now.
I’m no expert, but I have to assume the digital additions to the 2018 product will make it more efficient in a few ways.
You have no clue and you don’t have to assume anything. Harsh, but I have lived Super-8 in its time.
Ad primo, a camera is never more or less efficient, it is a bloody technical device. Don’t project human qualities on things.
Ad secundo, what Kodak has announced is not a Super-8 camera. Super-8 is a thing of the past, it began in 1961-62, if not earlier, behind closed doors, of course, and it ended 20 years after the introduction. Film cartridges are still available, admitted, but the announced camera does not have an optical viewfinder, it does not have a standing footage counter, want to say one that can be read while camera is switched off, it does not have a reflex finder although light is deflected onto a sensor for the display, and more such things. The camera is also not Super-8 inasmuch as there is no reversal colour stock available. Super-8 as known from 1965 to 1985 and a little longer was based on Kodachrome films. Very few people used black and white stocks in cartridges according to ISO 1780. Kodachrome was already the backbone of 16mm amateur and Double-Eight filmmaking, mind you, since 1935 and 1936 respectively. Kodachrome made for about three quarters of all amateur films on the market, thousands of miles over thousands of miles. Worst about Kodak’s “recent” “Super-8” initiative is the silence at projectors. Historic Super-8 happened with projectors.
Listen to an expert: stay away from the plastic-electronic conglomerates. Buy yourself all-metal Double-Eight gear or 16mm, if you can afford it. Or 35. What if that $2,000 “Kodak” camera (bought somewhere) fails? I won’t repair it. Won’t even touch one with a yard long stick.