DiGi Swap Gears Up to ‘Upcycle’ Your Old Film Cameras into Digital Ones

The DiGi Swap was first teased earlier in the year. It is expected to be available for purchase later this summer. It is a combination app and holster that works with older cameras. This allows photographers to use film bodies the same way digital cameras do.

Originally, the DiGi Swap team intended to appear at the CP+ Photo Japan trade show before it was canceled. However, they always intended to raise crowdfunding funds to bring their device to life.

The DiGi Swap was created by Fireworks, a company that makes the device. It allows for a modern film camera experience using classic bodies.

The DiGi Swap inventor says, “As a 25-year-old owner of a camera shop for 27 years, I couldn’t help but notice film cameras becoming less popular with time.”

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“One day, as I felt nostalgic for film cameras of the past, I snapped a picture with my smartphone through the viewfinder on a Hasselblad camera. This photo turned out very well and led to DiGi Swap being created in 2021.

The DiGi Swap is a patent-pending adapter that connects the iPhone and camera, and allows it take photos with a companion app. Fireworks describes the devices as a way of “upcycling” film cameras into digital cameras. The DiGi Swap allows photographers to use the original controls such as aperture, shutter speed and focus adjustment, as well as the ability to capture video.

The company explained to PETAPIXEL that the application “interlocks with shutter, detects light coming in and going out of film camera and records it on iPhone.” In January, the company said. The image projected onto the phone is captured by a macro lens and projection screen. It is a patent technology.

Although the DiGiSwap will significantly increase the size and weight of any camera attached to it, Fireworks showcases it mounted to a Canon F1, Leica M2, LeicaFlex SL and Nikon FM2 cameras.

The DiGiSwap is not limited to those cameras. However, it will work with many Canon, Nikon and Minolta cameras as well as Pentax, Contax and Olympus cameras. However, operation with the Leica M2 or M3 requires an adapter. The company’s Kickstarter has a complete list of compatible cameras models.

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Fireworks explains that “DiGi Swap wasn’t designed to encourage people use digital cameras.” “Our goal” is to preserve film cameras by restoring their original functions in digital age.

The DiGi Swap works with iPhone models from the iPhone X, SE and up to the iPhone 13 Pro MAX. It is currently not compatible with any Android-based smartphone.

Kickstarter allows you to back the DiGi Swap for 23500 yen (roughly $192), which is 33% less than the eventual retail price. This includes access to the app and both the adapter (the app will eventually go for $49). Additional $65.50 is required to purchase the Lecia M-mount adapter. The company plans to ship finished products to customers by August. You can view all options for backing on the DiGi Swap Kickstarter.