Is it possible to do light painting using an instant camera? That’s the challenge for today!
Leica has registered an interesting-looking camera with the FCC. It looks like Leica’s planning to take away a little market share from Fujifilm. The new registration is for the catchily-named N5A8262, a digital instant hybrid camera along similar lines to the Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Hybrid camera (buy here).
The FCC application doesn’t show much, but it does show a surprising amount. As well as the usual WiFi and Bluetooth declarations, the camera’s labels are also included. This includes diagrams for where the labels will be placed that offer some idea of the camera’s construction and appearance.
Jollylook’s journey has been quite interesting. From its initial cardboard origins in 2017, we’ve now arrived at its latest release. This time, it’s a square format pinhole camera DIY kit. It appears to be based on the previous Jollylook Pinhole released last year but utilising the Instax square format instant film.
The company says that the Jollylook Pinhole SQUARE is an innovative, eco-friendly DIY kit that lets photography enthusiasts create their own instant film camera from scratch. As with their past releases, Jollylook has taken to Kickstarter to launch the new Jollylook Pinhole SQUARE.
Fujifilm has just announced Instax Mini 12, the latest addition to its family of instant cameras. It comes as a successor to the Mini 11, launched in 2020. While they don’t differ too much, the Mini 12 brings a new look, as well as new and more intuitive zooming. It lets you twist the lens to zoom, bringing you a bit closer to the feel of using your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Polaroid cameras and photographs played a significant role in the development of photography. When they were first released, they were an instant hit because of the “instant” nature of the cameras themselves. You’d point it at your subject, and within minutes you’d have your fully finished print right there in your hands. It’s that same instant gratification that’s driven digital photography, too. But it’s not quite the same.
This is a pretty neat project by “Cameron” that kind of combines the two, allowing you to create a sort of temporary Polaroid of your scene. It uses an e-paper display – which retains its image when power is removed – to show your photograph. This display can be taken off the camera and attached to your fridge or wherever you want to display it without requiring a power source. Then when you want to shoot another picture, you just put it back on the camera.
Perhaps you’re already familiar with NONS and their interesting SLR cameras that use Instax film. The company has just announced the SL645: a camera that lets you shoot Instax Mini film. Like NONS’s other products, it lets you change lenses, so it seems like a perfect match for those who love instant film photography and vintage lenses with equal passion. Alright then, let’s check it out and see what it has to offer.
It always makes me smile to see a new camera from Jollylook. We’ve featured a couple of their other cameras in the past including the original Jollylook in 2017 as well as the smarter Jollylook Auto in 2020. Now, the Ukrainian company has relocated to Slovakia and is announcing their newest camera, the Jollylook Pinhole – a DIY pinhole camera kit you can build yourself that also takes Fuji Instax film.
Jollylook founder, Evgeniy Ivanic says about the project that “the Jollylook Pinhole DIY kit brings back the pleasure of the process of building a camera and taking a photograph”. As with past Jollylook cameras, the Jollylook Pinhole comes with a vintage-inspired design but incorporates modern Fuji Instax film for as instant an analogue process as you can get.
Anything can be an artistic tool if you’re creative enough. While CT scanning is usually used for medical purposes, guys at Scan of the Month have used it for something completely unordinary.
In their latest series of scans, the team has performed CT scans on different types of instant cameras. Other than revealing the engineering behind each piece, the images look almost magical.
Fujifilm has announced its new hybrid camera, the Instax Mini Evo. It combines the “I WANT IT NOW!” factor of instant prints with some of the perks that digital imaging technology has to offer. Images captured by the camera are stored digitally, allowing you to more easily pick and choose which images you want to print – rather than just pressing a button, having it print and hoping it doesn’t suck. It also means you can make multiple prints of images you particularly like!
It’s essentially the successor to the Fuji Instax Mini LiPlay and still uses the standard Instax Mini Instant Film for roughly credit-card-sized photos. The new Instax Mini Evo, though, includes 10 lens effects and 10 film effects for a total of 100 different combinations to add a unique look to your images before you print them. There’s also a “selfie mirror” on the front for… well, when you want shoot selfies.
Earlier this year, Polaroid launched the Now+, optimistically dubbed as the company’s “most creative camera yet.” It comes with a bunch of filters, and if you’re new to film photography, these may confuse you a bit. If this is the case, Sweet Lou Photography has a video for you. With some great humor and plenty of examples, he’ll show you what these filters do for color and black and white photos in different lighting conditions.