The retro is back to stay, and those Polaroid that we kept in the drawer have been updated to compete again in the photographic market.
Paper gives added value to images. And it is curiously one of the strengths that makes these cameras different and unique is the possibility of printing the photographs on paper at the moment, so they can be quickly shared and physically observed at any time and place.
How do Instant Cameras Work?
We simply have to choose the reason to photograph, adjust the light mode of the cameras to atmospheric conditions and shoot. The magic of photography will come quickly when our image is chemically processed in a matter of minutes, and that’s it.
We must bear in mind that each package of the photographic film has ten or twenty charges, so we must choose the reason and the precise moment of shooting if we do not want to end up with a pack of snapshots in a matter of seconds.
Questions to consider when buying an instant camera:
Click and wait: All the cameras encourage us to shoot and forget about the rest. And then, the magic and art of personalizing our printed photographs will come to make them unique.
Size of the photograph: As a general rule, when we print our images we will obtain a copy of 54 × 86 mm, with a picture published in 46x62mm, about the size of a credit card. It is a small copy if we compare it to the standard copy size of 10 × 15 cms.
Automatic or manual flash: Some cameras offer the possibility of removing the electronic flash from the camera, giving it more freedom. We will find different ways to compensate for the exposure and create images with more or less light.
Development time: Once the image is taken, we will get our physical copy in less than five minutes, depending on the chosen paper and the manufacturer.
Variety of papers: There are a lot of options on the market, with ISO variations (film sensitivity), gloss or black and white finishes, different sizes … we can choose our final finish in a completely customized way.
Instant film spare parts: Another factor that can condition our purchase is the price of the film spare parts. As we discussed earlier, this type of photography for “nostalgic and daring” does not come cheap. Making an approximate calculation, each printed photograph comes to cost something less than one dollar. And some papers of limited editions can budget each image at 2 dollars per shot.
Infinity of accessories: Another point to consider is the number of filters (yes, ultraviolet analog filters, polarizers, neutral density, oranges, blues, grays, reds, yellows and greens), covers and accessories offered by the different brands that these cameras sell, stickers for decorative photographic margins (from Hello Kitty to SpongeBob), frames, markers, hangers and personalized straps that will help us create and customize our original and fun scrapbooking.
Hybrid cameras: Some compact cameras have evolved and not only store and print our photos, but also offer the possibility of connecting our mobile devices via Bluetooth, and can also print these images.