The first fully analogue Instax camera is coming but it’s not made by Fuji

Aug 30, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The first fully analogue Instax camera is coming but it’s not made by Fuji

Aug 30, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Thanks to companies like Fujifilm and Impossible, instant photos are well and truly back, and they’re here to stay. While the Polaroid concept has always been quite popular, Fuji’s range of Instax cameras & films have proven to be extremely successful. Many photographers I know have one. For behind the scenes snaps, or just fun shots while doing things with friends, they love them.

Now, Lomography want in on some of that action. They’ve just announced the new LomoInstant. A fully analogue instant camera designed specifically for use with Fuji Instax instant film. The first fully analogue camera of its type that accepts Instax film.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lomography/the-lomoinstant-square-camera/

Although Lomography are a successful company, the project is being funded through Kickstarter. In just one day, it’s hit more than triple its goal. And there’s still 30 days left to go. Given the company’s history, and the ridiculously successful campaign so far, I think we can be pretty sure this one’s going to come to fruition.

It’s an interesting looking camera. It folds away quite small, with the lens off to the side, and then pops open when you want to actually shoot a photo.

The camera features a 95mm glass lens (not plastic!) and uses the Fujifilm Instax Square film. It features an “advanced automatic mode that makes sure every shot is perfectly exposed”. It offers multiple exposures,  self timer, built in flash, exposure compensation, and even a remote trigger. Once you’ve got your shot, the photo pops up out of the top of the camera.

Interestingly, it also features a long exposure mode, letting you get shots of up to 30 seconds. Fantastic for those night time light paintings.

At the moment, prices start at only $129. Backers who get in early enough can get a pretty sweet deal. Although time is nearly up! This special offer lasts only for the first 24 hours since the campaign went live (and as of right now there’s about an hour left). After that, there’s early bird and other limited quantity deals starting at $139.

I’ve been thinking about picking up an Instax for a while. I was originally just going to go for the Fuji Instax Square after it was officially announced, but this does look rather interesting.

If you want to find out more, head on over to the Kickstarter campaign, and back the project if you want one of your own. Shipping is expected to begin in January 2018.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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14 responses to “The first fully analogue Instax camera is coming but it’s not made by Fuji”

  1. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    My son has an analog Instax camera. It’s lots of fun. I guess it’s not “fully” analog (whatever that means) but really, who cares.

    1. DeemsMauro Avatar
      DeemsMauro

      Your son’s camera is fully analog.

      This is just the first fully analog camera for the SQUARE format instax, which the only camera available to print on them is the “Fuji SQ10 Hybrid”

  2. Supa Cino Avatar
    Supa Cino

    Saw that one this morning on kickstarter , I will be backers soon …dont want to miss out ..

  3. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    just dont get them…..They cost £1 per print, whilst you could do instant printing using a Canon Selphy for only 26p a print at full 6×4
    You could even produce them to look like they were Polaroids…
    But then I read the article and it Lomography….should have known..

    1. Nátrium-tioszulfát Avatar
      Nátrium-tioszulfát

      Selphy is a printer for your digital images. It’s not comparable to the Instax which is an analog process just like the dagerrotype or tintype, but in a modern way. It’s not about instant printing… it’s not printing.

  4. Benjamin Stolle Avatar
    Benjamin Stolle

    Chris Go ?

  5. Stereo Reverb Avatar
    Stereo Reverb

    John, how is this camera considered ‘fully analog’? If you’re referring to it using instax film, sure. But aren’t all cameras that use instant film fully analog then? I don’t see how this camera is any different to an Instax camera.

    1. Stefan Sa Avatar
      Stefan Sa

      The title of this article is wrong, on Kickstarter it says “The first fully analogue instant camera for Instax square film”. And this is correct, because the only other camera that takes these square films is the Fuji SQ10 Hybrid.

  6. Chris Chinnock Avatar
    Chris Chinnock

    Meh…. why aren’t people seriously designing, funding, manufacturing brand new film SLRS instead of these novelty items

    1. Sean Grant Jukes Avatar
      Sean Grant Jukes

      They could invest in a digital back for the Bronica :D :D :D :D
      But I do see your point they could really do some great work with todays tech building new film cameras

    2. Chris Chinnock Avatar
      Chris Chinnock

      Sean Grant Jukes blimey!

  7. cameradoll Avatar
    cameradoll

    A shame they didn’t choose to use wide instax film.