I wasn’t so sure it would actually happen, but it indeed really is: the Yashica Y35 digifilm camera will most likely get a bigger sensor. In a Kickstarter update, Yashica announced that they figured out a way to give the camera a bigger sensor and a better lens. These are some of the things backers wanted. Indeed, Yashica is answering the call, but perhaps not in the way everyone wanted.
You see, the Yashica Y35 Kickstarter is pledging to get a bigger sensor if they reach a stretch goal that they’re honestly not too far from. So with that said, the Yashica Y35 is getting a bigger sensor for sure, but it isn’t the 1″, APS-C or even Four Thirds sensor folks have been speaking of. Instead, it’s still a fairly small sensor at 1/2.5″. That’s not large at all, but makes it a bit more comparable with many other camera phones. Of course, this isn’t a camera phone at all. And of course, the sensor can’t be made that big unless there is a significant increase in the price point. Trolls on the internet are asking for a full frame sensor but, at under $200, that just isn’t possible at all. Perhaps that’s something for Yashica to look out for.
To catch everyone up to speed here:
Let’s backtrack a bit about this. Yashica first returned to the scene after saying they’d be returning to the photography world with a much different camera than what has been proposed already. After some extra teasers, a Kickstarter came to life. Photographers were very divided. Many were angry as they were expecting a film camera or a small full frame point and shoot. But instead what they’re getting is a point and shoot with a small sensor and a significantly different interface and way to work than many other cameras on the market. Yashica listened to their backers and said that if they reached a stretch goal they’d upgrade the lens to an f2 aperture. It’s a start for sure, but many photographers still want at least a 1″ sensor. However, at the price point, I think that’s a bit too much to ask for. There are even more stretch goals too.
Yashica also pledged an upgrade of the lens to an f2 aperture.
You can read more about this over at the Kickstarter page.