A while back I said, one of my first cameras was a Yashica. I must say that I really enjoyed their cameras but sadly, a long time ago, they disappeared from the scene.
Well, it appears that the rumors I chatted about are true. Last week’s teaser was met with a lot of excitement. But it didn't take long for people to claim that teaser had nothing to do with a camera.
In fact, they said, Yashica was just teasing a clip-on smartphone lens they had already released. But not so fast! Another teaser video released yesterday seems to hint at the big return to the camera market we were all actually hoping for.The teaser, titled "The Prologue," shows more of the same girl walking around with an old Yashica film camera (maybe?) and even a brief scene with that clip-on smartphone lens.
All unremarkable, except the whole thing starts with this tagline, the camera is called the Y35 digiFilm camera,
The description page does not offer an awful lot of technical detail, but it looks like the Y35 is relatively simple digital camera in a retro-style body that comes with a unique feature: interchangeable digital 'film' cartridges that Yashica calls digiFilm. The camera doesn't actually save any images on the digiFilm (it has an SD-card slot for that) but instead ISO, color and digital filter settings are controlled by inserting a digiFilm cartridges. How's that for a gimmick?
To start with, Y35 users will be able to choose from an ISO1600 High Speed digiFilm for grainy images and shooting fast moving subjects, an ISO 400 Black & White digiFilm, an ISO 200 Ultra-Fine digiFilm, and a ISO 200 "6 x 6" cartridge that makes the camera capture square images.
Given most settings are adjusted by inserting a digiFilm cartridge, the camera body itself doesn't offer a great deal of control. There's only a "winder" to set the camera up for the next capture, and a shutter speed dial. The rest of the specifications are in line with quite basic digital cameras: images are captured on a 1/3.2-inch 14MP sensor and the lens comes with a 35mm equivalent focal length and F2.8 aperture.