Fujifilm has recently released their FY2018/Q3 financial report, showing that the sales have increased over this period. Interestingly, it’s not their digital mirrorless cameras that boosted the earnings. It’s the Instax line of instant film cameras.
Despite the recent difficulties, Kodak has launched a new product. Kodak Mini Shot is a new 10MP instant camera from this company, and it’s a crossover between a point-and-shoot, instant and toy camera. It allows you to print the images instantly, but also to post them to your Instagram feed as you take them.
When I was a kid, I dreamed of having that “magical camera that makes photos immediately.” Of course, I’m talking about an instant camera. Nowadays, it seems they are being resurrected. You can buy all kinds of these, or even make them yourself. Photographer and vlogger Josh Katz shares his thoughts on why every photographer should experiment with instant cameras. Even if you otherwise shoot digital, you can learn something new and apply the knowledge to your digital photography. And here’s how instant cameras helped Josh improve his work.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary, Polaroid has a brand new camera that will thrill all of you who are feeling nostalgic. They launched OneStep 2 instant film camera, inspired by the original OneStep camera from 1977. As they point out, the Polaroid OneStep 2 is “an analog instant camera for the modern era.”
OneStep 2 is an i-Type camera so Polaroid (or Impossible Project, to be exact), also launched a new type of film. It’s named i-Type and aimed to be used with this camera, and you can get it in color or black and white.
It began as a speculation, but now it’s official: Fujifilm has released the first square format hybrid instant camera. Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 combines the best of both worlds, analog and digital. It provides you with the control and composition of a digital camera, with a tangible photo print of an instant camera.
Lomography has introduced a new instant camera with wide angle lens named Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan. Aside from a multi-coated 38mm lens, the first of its kind, it also features aperture that’s pretty large for an instant camera. It goes up to f/4.5, which makes the lens ideal for action shots and shooting in low light conditions. According to Lomography, “the Lomo’Instant Automat Glass has everything you need to capture the world in crystal-clear, razor-sharp definition.”
A new interesting project has been launched on Kickstarter, and vintage camera fans might like it. Meet Jollylook: a simple folding instant camera made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard. When you fold it, it takes no more room than a smartphone box. It’s a mechanical camera with no electronic components whatsoever. Just cardboard, paper, a pair of lenses and a plastic cartridge for instant mini photos. It’s more environmentally friendly than the packaging of a regular camera, as it uses less material and it’s all recyclable or recycled. And it gives you instant results using Instax mini film.
This year’s CES has brought us some interesting news. Polaroid is one of the brands that launched a new product at CES 2017. After Snap and Snap Touch, they bring another instant camera that combines analog and digital technique. Only this one produces 3 x 4“ prints, unlike the previous two models which produce smaller, 2 x 3“ prints.
Are you feeling a little bored with your instant photography? Looking for new things to try? Well, here comes the Cooperative of Photography with a few suggestions to spice things up a little.
Some of the techniques suggested in the video are common with digital photography, but not so much with analogue. Over the past couple of decades, we’ve seen a lot on the film to digital transition. How shooting on film has influenced digital, and so on. So, it’s interesting to see digital influencing analogue photography. I know for sure that shooting digital has pushed my film work.
The Raspberry Pi is amazing. Instant cameras are also amazing. So, it makes sense that somebody would eventually combine them, creating a Raspberry Pi powered instant camera, which is exactly what Adafruit have done.
Ok, so you’re not going to be getting lab quality prints from this, and the Impossible Project might be more your style these days, but this is still a fun and interesting little project.