The Konost FF is a full frame digital rangefinder camera that is currently seeking funding opportunities. The prototype shown has an optical viewfinder with electronic frame-lines and a focusing patch:
With a 20.0 megapixel 35mm full-frame image sensor, the Konost camera delivers image quality on par with any modern camera. Our analogy is to think of it as driving a 800hp manual Ferrari.
There are only a handful of digital rangefinder cameras on the market today, a domination held by Leica Cameras. The Konost camera is unique in that instead of using rotating mirrors and prisms in the rangefinder mechanism, it uses a secondary image sensor and image processing algorithms to display the rangefinder patch in the viewfinder. This allows the camera to be all-digital, decreasing manufacturing costs, and does not require high maintenance or re-callibration.
From Konost's website:
Konost means simple and pure. No, it’s not a real word, we made it up.
We are a young start-up of engineers and designers passionate about photography. Our goal is to design and build compact, mirrorless cameras which are simple, pure, and hold true to the core and fundamental of photography — capturing light.
The Konost FF is our 35mm Full-Frame True Digital Rangefinder camera still under development. It has an optical viewfinder with electronically displayed framelines and a rangefinder focusing patch. There are only four fundamental controls: aperture, shutter speed, focus, and ISO — a simple and minimalistic camera stripped of any unnecessary features. The Konost FF takes M-Mount rangefinder coupled lenses with other lens compatibility to come.
We are also working on a Konost AP and a Konost Junior, fundamentally similar cameras to the Konost FF with differences in sensor size and build material.
Our Konost 35mm Full-Frame prototype was recently completed with ongoing sensor tuning and testing. It will be available for interested parties as a development kit since we believe the future of digital photography means bringing large sensors into compact cameras and affordable to everyday consumers. Yes, you will not need those big, heavy SLRs anymore.
Many parts of our website are still under construction, we thank you for your patience. Feel free to contact us for any questions, suggestions, or just to say hello!
Additional photos of the Konost full frame digital rangefinder camera: