As a fully fledged member of the digital generation, where everything can be shared and liked, there is something to be said for the Polaroid picture. To have an image that only exists in one place & is only seen by those you personally show it too, is so rare & something I think is worth holding onto. So if your thinking about buying an instant camera for yourself, or as a gift, I hope this post will help you make up your mind!
Everyone knows the Polaroid Camera and for anyone like me, who has always wanted one, you will also know how much they cost! Their hefty price-tag and the cost of film, is enough to put anyone off. Luckily for me, the day before I went to Milan last year ( Top 5 things to do in Milan ) my boyfriend surprised me with an early birthday present. Which I’m sure you might have already guessed, was an Instax mini Camera! The Instax is the modern and more affordable version of the polaroid camera. I’ve been using mine for about a year & it has travelled with me everywhere.
Being 100% honest, there are a couple of things to keep in mind, before you buy one of these camera’s. The first, is getting used to using the actual camera itself. In each film refill, you only get 10 pictures. So I would suggest buying 1 extra pack of film, just to practice with, when it’s new. The first time we used the camera, the pictures weren’t always great, as it takes a little time to get used to the settings / picture modes etc.
The second thing, which is worth thinking about is the cost of film. My Instax mini film refills cost £14.99 for a pack of 2, making that a cost of £7.50 per film. Which will definitely make you be a little more choosy, about what you want to take pictures of. We usually take 2 films away with us when we travel, and we only tend to use the Instax for certain pictures.
The camera itself is easy to use and reasonably straight forward to figure out. It isn’t the smallest thing to carry around, so I would suggest buying one of the compatible camera bags or just make sure you have something you can carry the camera in. I wouldn’t say its the type of camera you could take out for drinks, or somewhere which involves being quite active.
Like most people, I’m used to taking hundreds of digital pictures, just to get that one good picture. Although it’s a bit strange at first, there’s something really nice about using the Instax camera & watching the picture develop, knowing that it cannot be edited or changed. Overall, I love my Instax camera & so far it’s captured some of my happiest moments over the past 12 months. We will be on our way to Venice soon & I’m really excited to see how my Instax pictures turn out!