January 18, 2022

Choosing the right instant camera film

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Large, square, mini, monochrome or in color, Zink or pola, instant films are varied, numerous, and most of the time they cannot be interchanged. They must therefore be chosen with care. Here are all of our tips.

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King of family reunions, birthdays and end-of-year festivities, the instant camera has enjoyed a resurgence of unmistakable interest for years. So as not to be caught off guard to immortalize the Christmas and New Year celebrations, you must now stock up on consumables and buy films compatible with your device. Currently, there are three main families of instant films.

Instax Fujifilm
Polaroid
Zink

Instax Fujifilm

Instax films are now the most popular and among the highest quality in terms of color rendering and detail. Of course, Instax films work with instant cameras from Fujifilm, but these films are also compatible with bodies from other brands like:

Before buying your films on the Internet, it is imperative to find out about the format accepted by your camera, because, in general, it accepts only one type of film. Note however the exception which confirms the rule with the Lomo’Instant Square combo which accepts both the square format “Square” and the format “mini”. For the other models, you have the choice between three formats:

  • Wide: 108 (W) x 86 (H) mm for a 99×62 mm image
  • Mini: 54 (L) x 86 (H) mm for an image in 46×62 mm.
  • Square: 86 (W) x 72 (H) mm for an image in 62×62 mm

Wide

Wide format is the largest of the Instax films. This large format did not have the dazzling success of the Mini, and Fujifilm has long offered only one camera model in this format: the Instax 300. Recently, the Fujifilm Instax Link Wide has come to swell rows in the form of a portable printer. The Wide format is quite popular at Lomography which offers several compatible models. Note that the films are available in color or monochrome and there is also a series with a black border. Films are generally sold for less than € 10 for 10 color exposures and around € 13 for the black & white version. Note that there are many packs that lower the prices of single photos.

Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Film 2×10 poses


Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Film 2x10 poses

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Fujifilm instax WIDE Pack de 10 Film Monochrome


Fujifilm instax WIDE Pack de 10 Film Monochrome

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Mini

The Mini format is arguably Fujifilm’s best known. In credit card format, photos fit easily in a wallet and, importantly, are cheaper than Wide. The format comes in many variations. You will find color films, monochrome, but also with black borders or more exotic and festive. The 20-photo pack is usually around € 17 when variations are usually sold for just under € 10 for 10 views.

Square

The Square format quickly became popular due to its resemblance to the Polaroid format, but smaller. Here again, Fujifilm has declined the format in a monochrome version that can be obtained for around € 13, while the pack of two sets of 10 color photos is sold around € 19.

Highlight your photos

There are many media to display your photos throughout the house, especially on the refrigerator, which has surprisingly become one of the main places of exhibition in kitchens. You will find magnetic media generally cut for Fujifilm’s Instax Mini format.

Polaroid

In 2008, Polaroid put an end to a photographic adventure of more than 60 years and buried the famous square format. It was without counting the pugnacity of a handful of employees who relaunched the production of films under the name Impossible Project.

Without the original chemical formula, the results were initially more or less random, but the quality improved over the years and Impossible Project gained momentum to the point that in 2017 the company bought the Polaroid brand. Therefore, the new films are marketed under the Polaroid Originals brand. Again, the films are available according to the cameras you want to use and have different emulsions. Overall, Poloroid Originals films are more expensive than Instax films.

i-Type film

These films work with modern cameras like Polaroid Now +, Polaroid Now, and the Polaroid Lab. You can opt for color shots (€ 29 for 16 views), but also monochrome (€ 36 for 16 views). As with Fujifilm, you can choose different finishes for the frames with sometimes limited editions.

600 film & SX-70 film

Polaroid Originals also allows the brand’s old iconic cases to be revived with two specific films that correspond to the eponymous iconic cases. Color or black & white emulsions are available and again you can opt for different finishes for the exterior frames to express your creativity. The cost price of a snapshot with Polaroid Originals films is around € 2.

Go film

Recently, Polaroid Originals presented a new format of instant cameras, the Polaroid Go. If it retains the square format that is so popular, it has nevertheless shrunk: the paper is 539 x ​​66.6 mm for a 46 x image. 47 mm. The choice here is much more limited and you will only find a color rendering and a white frame.

Polaroid Go Film


Polaroid Go Film

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Zink

Unlike the two other technical solutions presented above, Zink (for Zero ink) is not a silver process, but thermal. Indeed, the paper contains different heat-sensitive layers with cyan, magenta and yellow dyes which are revealed under the action of heat. A clear top layer provides good protection against scratches and liquids while the bottom bottom is mostly adhesive.

The print is borderless unlike other instant formats and the photos come in a single 7.6 x 5cm format. The Zink process has greatly improved over the years, but it is especially from a price point of view that the technology is interesting since the cost price of a photo is around 60 euro cents depending on the brands. . Good point, whatever the brand, all Zink papers in the 7.6 x 5 cm format are compatible with devices accepting this format, although it is advisable to buy the paper of the brand of your camera or your printer.

Zink films can be used both in Canon Zoemini C or S cameras, but also in the Kodak Smile body. You can also benefit from the Zink format with various nomadic printers, including the Xiaomi Mi Portable Photo Printer.

Canon Zink Photo Paper for Zoemini


Canon Zink Photo Paper for Zoemini

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  • Set of 20 sheets
  • Pack of 50 sheets
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