Update on the upcoming MiNT 35mm film camera: will come with LIDAR-based autofocus!

A quick update on the upcoming MiNT 35mm film camera (see blurry pictures above): it will include LIDAR-based autofocus! Here are the details:

"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.

Unlike traditional ranging methods like phase detection or contrast detection, the Mint35 uses lidar, a relatively new ranging technology that has gained popularity in recent years and can even be found in the newest iPhone models.

During the initial stages of the project, we went everywhere in search of AF modules, only to learn that all the old AF technology had become obsolete and was no longer available. Undeterred, we took the risk and decided to reinvent a new AF module from scratch. To our surprise and delight, the latest tests revealed that our lidar-based approach outperformed all the outdated methods — a truly thrilling and rewarding outcome after the tremendous effort we invested in making it work.

The best thing about using lidar is its accuracy and impressive range capabilities. This is particularly useful in large apertures, where the depth-of-field requires precise focussing. Plus, it's safe to use.

Using this method does come with a higher cost $ though, but we think it's worth it (we didn't really have a choice anyways). I'm thrilled to announce that we're in the final phases of perfecting this part of the camera and it is very promising."

MiNT Camera is working on a new plan for a 60’s-style premium 35mm compact camera

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