Yashica unveils the Y35 digiFilm camera

Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera

A couple of months ago, Yashica teased us with a vague video. Most of us thought that it was nothing more than a smartphone lens. After much anticipation, the Japanese brand finally pulled the sheets on their latest product called Y35 digiFilm Camera.

As the name suggests, it’s a hybrid camera of sorts. It has a 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor that can produce 14-megapixel photos, which is then stored in an SD Card.

This is then paired with a 35mm f/2.8 glass lens that has a focusing distance of 1m to infinity. Funny thing about this camera is it only has 5 selectable steps shutter speeds: 1s, 1/30s, 1/60s, 1/250s, and 1/500s.

Overall looks are similar to the iconic Yashica Electro. The body, which has a built-in viewfinder, measures at 100mm wide, 64mm tall, and 28mm thick. It’s operated by 2 AA batteries.

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To stay true to their background in film photography, the brand boasts that the Y35 will not have an LCD display at the back.

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What sets it apart from other digital cameras is its “innovative” cartridge called digiFilm. It’s supposed to literally be a digital version of a 35mm film roll, hence, its exterior similarities to its analog counterpart.

There will be a total of 4 digiFilm packs, cartridge, or rolls… whatever you wish to call it. Among the choices will be ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 200 in 120 6×6 format, and a black and white ISO 400. The Japanese camera maker also mentioned that there will be more to come in the near future.

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As a fan of film, this saddens me to see that the legendary brand has stepped away from true film. As a fan of Yashica, it’s happy to see them make an interesting/innovative camera that can produce oh so beautiful photographs (based on their samples). At HK$1,000, this project is a good buy especially for those who have longed for Yashica’s modern take on their cameras.

The Yashica will start shipping the Y35 digiFilm camera as soon as April 2018. Watch the Y35 digiFilm camera in action on the video below.

Yabee Eusebio

A humble photographer who wants to share his passion of chasing light with others, whatever format it may be.