The sad history of digital cameras trying to imitate film – Popular Science

The digiFilm is, for the most part, a typical low-end digital camera. It has a small 1/3.2-inch sensor like you’d find in the iPhone 5, and a very limited set of manual controls. It doesn’t have a screen, but it does come with swappable “film” modules that dictate the look of the pictures you take. So, pop in the ISO200 Ultra Fine digiFilm cartridge and it will shoot with settings optimized for bright light and photos with low noise. The 120 Format (6×6) digiFilm cartridge only allows the camera to shoot square photos. Of course, there’s also a black and white cartridge.

To put a cherry on top of its analog imitation, the camera also has a film advance lever you have to wind between photos. The whole thing is very cute, but it misses the point of film photography, which doesn’t come from pressing levers or swapping out canisters, but rather from the images and the creative process itself. Also, with such a small sensor and limited controls, expectations for image quality aren’t high.

Trying to mix digital photography with film-style cameras is a trap that many other manufacturers have fallen into. Here are some past attempts that didn’t quite work out as expected.

Digital Holga


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