MiNT’s new 35mm film camera project is shaping up as seen in their latest update that was sent out to email subscribers. The update is titled “Autofocus and Skin” and you can guess what it was about.
Gary Ho, MiNT’s Founder, tells us in the update that the camera will use LiDAR technology for the autofocus feature of the camera. He mentions the testing outperformed other autofocus technologies in terms of accuracy and range which has delighted the MiNT team. LiDAR is more expensive but Gary writes that the technology is worth it, although they didn’t have a choice as older AF modules were not available.
LiDAR stands for Light Detection And Ranging and uses laser technology like a bat uses echolocation to calculate the distance between the source and surrounding objects. The technology has been around for some time and in fact, is already integrated in earlier Apple iPhones starting with the iPhone 12 (Peta Pixel).
Peta Pixel reported in an article in 2020 about the iPhone 12, “With the iPhone 12 Pro, LiDAR is used for autofocus in low-light scenes and therefore improves accuracy. It can identify a subject, focus, and capture even faster and works in both photo and video. You should see six times faster autofocus performance in low light, and it can also allow for better portraiture effects in low light.” The laser technology is eye safe as long as it follows the classification regulations such as those laid out in IEC 60825-1 (Source: UK GOV site).
“Having autofocus in a film camera isn’t a big deal. Companies have perfected the technology years ago. However, what truly excites me about the Mint35 project is that we’re using a new autofocus technology in a 35mm film camera, which has never been done before in any 35mm camera.” – Gary Ho, per MiNT’s latest update blog
MiNT also polled the community for a preference in camera skins in the latest update. Have your say on their site via the link here.
“I’m thrilled to announce that we’re in the final phases of perfecting this part of the camera and it is very promising.” – Gary Ho, per MiNT’s latest update blog
If this is the first time you are hearing about MiNT’s new 35mm film camera project, then see our previous article about it here. The camera models the style of a 1960s cult classic compact. In an era where analogue photographers have let it be known that they want new film cameras, MiNT is answering and it seems they might be close to a final prototype.
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