A digital film cartridge which adds a 20MP Sony Micro Four Thirds sensor to 35mm film cameras and allows you to shoot digital photos with your film camera has launched on Kickstarter.

The cartridge goes where the film would usually go and is said to require ‘practically no camera modification’. It is designed to fit any 35mm film camera with a hinged back cover and the based unit can be attached to a wide range of camera bodies.

I'm Back digital roll film in hand

Credit: I’m Back film.

In practice, it requires a battery, a NT9853 processor, controls for editing settings, SD card storage and a 1.5 inch LCD which are housed in a larger base unit that attaches to the camera bottom. The sensor can record RAW and JPEG photos (including black and white and colour presets inspired by Kodachrome and Fujifilm) and 4K 50fps video.

The digital film cartridge is part of the I’m Back Film kit, which includes eight items including a 0.45x lens adapter which takes the MFT sensor’s 2x crop factor into account and ‘widens’ the lens, resulting in close to the original focal length. An SD card is not included in the kit.

I'm Back film kit

The I’m Back film kit includes a cartridge cover for Leica M, cables, a wide-angle adapter, and lens adapters. Credit: I’m Back film.

The campaign can be viewed on its I’m Back Film Kickstarter campaign page and is currently scheduled to start delivery July 2024. The kit will cost around $595 for early backers, $705 after that and $899 if it makes it to regular production. B&H and Adorama are listed as official distributors in the US.

Photo taken with I'm Back film prototype and Leica M2.

Photo taken with I’m Back film prototype and Leica M2. Credit: I’m Back film.

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