Badass Cameras Is Looking To Develop The World’s First Medium Format Smartphone Digital Back


Turning a film camera into a digital one is an idea that has been around for a while. And though prototypes have also been around, they’ve never hit the mass market. Engineering a back to go into a 35mm SLR along with a sensor and card writer seems to be just too much for some. But a new company called Badass Cameras is looking to do just that. They’re aiming to develop the world’s first medium format smartphone digital back. So what the heck does that mean?

Well, from the image above, they’re looking to attach your iPhone to a special medium format film camera back that lines up perfectly with the SLR lens. The only problem that we really see so far is that the iPhone still has automatic shutter control. But maybe the back will figure out a hack of some sort. What is also obviously means is that the sensor will still be very small–not even APS-C sized. And at that point, medium format film still outdoes digital at that size.

We’ve pinged the company for a response and for more info. But they’re stating that a Kickstarter will be happening soon. Still want to get into medium format film photography? Check out our essentials kit for our recommended entry.

Thanks for the tip Greg!

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.