Here we were thinking that the announcement of the new Yashica camera would be a life changing and super amazing competitor of some sort to something like the Fujifilm X100F; but instead it has to be one of the biggest letdowns of this year. Before I start off, it isn’t the Yashica 35 GSN Electro. The Yashica Kickstarter recently launched and the new camera is, well, cool in some ways and completely heartbreaking in other ways. Let’s start with the cool: it’s called the Yashica DigiFilm camera and uses an interesting interchangeable digital film system where you have to buy different types of films to get different types of looks. Some of them are ISO 200 color, some are black and white ISO 400, and then there is 1600 which Yashica is saying is the grainiest option. So far that sounds really cool and puts very fun limitations on the shooter, which makes photography truly fun again–there’s even a winding lever!
But then your heart breaks.
Correction: The campaign was updated to say a 14MP sensor.
The new Yashica camera is officially a bust when you scroll down the page and look at the tech specs:
Yashica DigiFilm Camera Specifications
- 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor
- 14 megapixel photos
- Built-in viewfinder
- Apertures of f2.8
- Focal Length 35mm
- A minimum focusing distance of 1m (~3 feet) to infinity
- 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 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
Really? A sensor size that is used in consumer point and shoots and phones?
And only 1.4 megapixels? Plus, only five shutter speeds? Well actually the latter makes sense. Then you start to look at the camera more and realize that there is also data connectivity and so it’s targeting the mobile photography world in some way or another. But why?
Why couldn’t the Yashica DigiFilm camera have had at least a Four Thirds sensor? Even if it had the old Kodak Micro Four Thirds CCD sensor I would’ve been happy: those images looked great. They resembled slide film and they converted to black and white really well. Instead, we get this!!!
You can see more over at the Kickstarter.