Yashica is an old name in the photography industry, and it’s back with a new idea: the Yashica Y35. Set your ISO, colour and digital filters by changing what the company calls digiFilm. This interchangeable digiFilm is the heart of the new compact camera from Yashica.
Looking more like a retro camera than a modern one, the Y35 doesn’t have any dials or buttons on the top apart from the shutter button, a ‘winder’ to advance the ‘film’, and a shutter control dial. All photos are saved in a microSD card, and it uses two AA batteries.
Photo parameters are set using the digiFilm, like how old films are used. If you want to capture fast subjects, load in a ISO 1600 High Speed digiFilm. Low-light photography? Use the ISO 200 Ultra Fine digiFilm. There is even a ISO 200 “6 x 6” cartridge for square images – like in Instagram.
The specs of the Yashica Y35 are as follow:
- 1/3.2-inch 14MP CMOS sensor
- Built-in viewfinder
- F2.8 aperture
- 35mm equivalent focal length
- 1m minimum focusing distance
- 5 selectable steps shutter speeds 1s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/250s, 1/500s
- SD card storage (wifi card compatible)
- Micro USB connectivity for data transfers
- Tripod mount
- Power supply via 2 x AA batteries
Do note that the sensor on the rear camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is 1/2.44-inch, making the sensor on the Y35 smaller than Samsung’s latest phablet.
The Kickstarter project has just started, and at the time of writing, it managed to get pledges worth HK$4,204,596 or about RM2,271,487 with 39 days left to the campaign. Head there if you want to get one for yourself.