YASHICA have recently created a Kickstarter project, due for completion 19th November 2017 to launch a new camera model, the YASHICA Y35, and their proprietary digiFilm™. It currently has 6,930 backers (at the time of writing) – 1,275% more than their original goal with 14 days still left to go.
What is the project?
The main goal of the project is the launch the first electronic controlled shutter camera, and capture the ‘joy and meaning of analogue-photography’ whilst eliminating the time and cost of developing films. It does this via a sensor that stores the images taken with the digiFilm™ into an SD card. Think digital camera with film:
There are a range of different films already, and more being added to the repertoire. The digiFilm™ ISO1600 High Speed for example is geared towards shooting fast-moving objects in high contrast. The 120 Format (6×6) is for square images and Instagram. Interestingly, the YASHICA team are expanding into alternative types of film – the YASHICA blue for example is currently in development (the image below is to illustrate the style and mood), but adds a blue hue to images:
What about the camera?
The camera itself is plastic with a metallic finish and fixed-focus 4G lens. Exact specifications and dimensions are as follows (taken straight from the Kickstarter project):
- 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor
- 14 megapixel photos
- Built-in viewfinder
- Apertures of f2.0 with a 4G lens
- High Speed Electronic Shutter
- 5 Steps EV control
- 1-second exposure
- Focal Length 35mm
- A minimum focusing distance of 1m (~3 feet) to infinity
- SD card storage (wifi card compatible)
- Micro USB connectivity for data transfers
- Tripod mount ready
- Operate with 2 x AA batteries
- Image controlled by digiFilm™
- Body Only: 100 (w) x 64 (h) x 28 (d) mm
- With lens and switch: 110 (w) x 70 (h) x 55 (d) mm
When will the project be completed?
YASHICA anticipate the first batch of cameras be be shipped in April 2018:
An update on the 1st November however refers to an upgrade that will ‘impose a great challenge’ to their engineering and development team, and increase both the cost of manufacturing the cameras, but also the retail price.
The YASHICA digiFilm™ camera though is an interesting project and definitely one we’ll be keeping an eye on. It has received tremendous backing which counts for something, although reading the comments on Kickstarter there seem to be various grumbles about progress and feasibility of the April launch. We’ll take a closer look at wider opinions in a couple of days, but for now this is one to keep a close eye on!
All image credit in this post goes to YASHICA (from Kickstarter Project page)