Have you ever seen an instant camera? You have to agree that these cameras are unique and interesting enough to almost make you want one. To pick up a camera and just click the button, and “Voila” a picture comes out of the camera. Then you can watch it, slowly produce your picture.
And then you realize that the picture quality is not really that good, but acceptable. Where are they now and what is going on with them.
MY PERSONAL HISTORY OF INSTANT CAMERAS:
I think I have mentioned before that I used to work in a camera store. And yes, you have to sell all kinds of cameras, from the massive medium format cameras (see: https://123photogo.com/2022/03/07/introduction-to-medium-format-cameras-is-bigger-better/ ) to the small 35mm automatic cameras to the regular SLR cameras, and of course, we sold the Polaroid Instant camera. I don’t think Fuji had even introduced their Instax cameras yet.
Between the two formats, the major difference is: the Polaroid photos are bigger than the Instax, but most people that review cameras think that the Instax photo is the better camera, even though it’s a smaller picture size.
Here’s a photo showing the difference between the two sizes:
LET’S LOOK AT SOME OF THE MODELS
Polaroid invented the instant camera. Interesting that they even make professional photo backs that go on the back of a medium format camera. Although you won’t see that in the Polaroid lineup, but, you would probably see that in the catalog of some of the medium format cameras. It’s an accessory that allows you to see how the pose or photo would turn out, before you put the digital back on the camera. And they, I believe, only make that film in black and white.
They are just big in the instant “One Step” camera version. Of course they don’t call it the “One Step” anymore, it looks almost identical but they call it the “Go” camera. Looks like this:
In a package, this camera sells for $99 with a 2 pack of film. Back when I worked at the camera store, the equivalent model sold for $29.95. I hate inflation. But, it has been a long time since I worked at the camera store (about 25 years ago).
FUJI FILM IS SERIOUS ABOUT THEIR INSTANT CAMERAS:
While Polaroid only has 1 camera model, in various packages (their top priced camera has the same camera, with film, with case), Fuji Film has 11 different models. I don’t want to bore you with showing you 11 different models of instant cameras, but I do want to show you the differences in their styles.
1 – MINI EVO:
If you think this looks like a serious camera, you are right.
10 Lenses X 10 Films =
100 ways of expression.
for a unique experience.
And you can see the unique metering system, built-in flash all involved. And much more features like a small digital camera.
This camera, because it has a lot of features of a real camera will run you $199 or more for this jewel.
2- HELLO KITTY
“Hello Kitty” is designed for the young girls of the world. This cute little camera will take instant photos, and it just comes out of the camera and the girls can share it. That’s 20 photos for about $15. Not too bad. But also it’s $134.00 or more.
“instax” is an instant camera that prints photos on the spot.
Just by pressing the shutter, the film pops out and the picture gradually appears.
It is perfect for capturing your precious moments in life and keeping them as prints.
The large size film used for instax WIDE is even better for capturing great moments with your family and friends.
Turn your precious moments into precious memories with instax WIDE.
RECENT REVIEW OF THE BEST “INSTANT” CAMERAS:
And of course, there is always someone to rate the cameras from the best to the worst. But, let’s just say at this point, the top “best” 5 instant cameras are: Fuji with 4 out of 5: See below:
IS THIS A DYING PRODUCT?
I don’t see this type of camera ever going away. In fact, it seems to have become more popular in the last little while, especially with the younger teenagers. So, if this interests you to buy one of these cameras, you can certainly have a lot of fun with this. Without spending a lot of money, you can have instant pictures in your home library.