Instant Film Guide

Instant film is FUN. Watching your photo appear right in front of your eyes is pretty much magic, and this genre of photography is a blast for everyone. Read on to learn more about instant film photography, and check out of the different cameras so you can start shooting amazing instant film shots of your very own!


Way back in 1948, Edwin Land introduced the model 95 Land Camera - the first commerical instant camera. And thus a legend was born. Land would call his company Polaroid, and the craze took the world by storm. 

Very simply, instant film photography is where you take a shot, and out pops the film. After about 90 seconds, the image develops and you have the result.

Why Care About Instant Photography?
So what's the big deal? Well, there is something incredibly special about holding your photo in your hands, mere seconds after you've pressed the shutter. Even in today's high tech digital world, the value of this hasn't worn off. In fact, I'd argue it's even more important! With most photos never being printed at all, the tangible results from instant film make it incredibly special.

The Big Name In The Game
Here's who is in the instant film game right now. The big name in instant film is Fujifilm with their extensive Instax line of cameras and film. Polaroid has a few products, but nothing really notable. Lomography has three different cameras out there that use the Instax film. Then there's a group called The Impossible Project has been working to try re-create the original Polaroid film stocks, and you can use that film with some older Polaroid cameras. But if you're going to be shooting a lot of instant film, you'll want to look into Instax.


There are three different types of Instax film - mini, square and wide. We'll look at the different camera options for each flavour!

NOTE ON PRICING: Prices tend to change over time, and so the prices you see below are accurate as of July 2017 but may be different when you check them out! And yes, there tends to be different prices for different colors. I don't understand it either, but it is so.

  VIDEO: Ultimate Instax Comparison

  • What's included when you buy the Instax Mini 9
  • Top tips for getting the best shots out of the camera
  • How to load the film, and get set up to shoot!

Instax Mini