I’m Back Project Transforms Into Digital Your Old 35mm Analog Camera

By on March 13, 2018
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Samuel Mello Medeiros may have a way to inject new digital relevance into boxy old film camera classics with his I’m Back Kickstarter project, a camera back that sports a 16 MP CMOS sensor and touchscreen display panel.
The camera attachment has been designed to offer 35 mm camera owners the option to take photos on photographic film or in digital mode, simply by attaching the I’m Back module. It uses a 16 MP Panasonic CMOS sensor paired with a Novatek processor.

Rather than focus an image directly through the lens onto a modern CMOS sensor, the I’m Back attachment sends the light coming through the host camera’s lens onto a focusing screen, bounces it off mirrors, sends it through another lens and then onto the sensor. The result is a digital image that retains a vintage film camera flavor.

Stills are captured to a microSD card in the attachment’s housing, but the system can also record up to 2,880 x 2,160 resolution videos. It has built-in Wi-Fi, and HDMI and USB ports. Photographers can adjust ISO light sensitivity and exposure control using the 2-inch capacitive touchscreen display panel. A 3.7V/1,050 mAh battery provides the juice.

The I’m Back system is compatible with a lot of Canon, Nikon, Pentax…and many other analog cameras, but the maker has also developed a universal accessory which can be adjusted to almost all 35mm cameras.

A €45 option allows backers to 3D-print an I’m Back module for a Raspberry Pi (estimated delivery in April). A complete assembled kit is also available for €225 (estimated delivery in September).

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