Credit Card-sized fun
By Andrea Campi
23 Sep 2008
I think I first spotted this camera in the catalog of an online store; lost among fancy cameras with advanced features such as manual focus and shutters, it looked like the young brat still playing with bight-colored toys. It was kind of hard to take it seriously, between that and the small film format.
But I am an instant photography addict, and it was only a matter of time. I kept going back, and the small camera kept winking at me from its corner. I started looking at pictures by other people, and the fascination started growing, until I simply had to have it.
When I first held it in my hands, it still felt like a toy. But then I loaded a cartridge, and the fun began--and boy, this camera offers loads of fun!!
Small enough to carry everywhere you go, you can just toss it in the top pocket of your camera bag (with a couple extra packs just in case) and off you go. Taking a picture is easy too: you just pull the lens away from the body; frame the picture; push the shutter button; and the picture comes out of the top and starts developing in front of you.
I could claim this camera can take pictures that are as good as the ones from a bona fide Polaroid integral camera, but that's not true: the camera and its lens are pretty basic, the exposure is automatic (although you can tell the camera the weather is overcast or very sunny), the flash is not overridable. But the colors you get are wonderful, and in my opinion the small format of the film is far from a defect. And the fun, oh, the fun!
There are at least 2 models of this camera available worldwide; the basic model (the one I have) can be found for about 40 euro. The film is pretty cheap too: you can usually find a pack (10 photos) for about 5 euro. In this world where instant photography is becoming an expensive hobby, this is the cheapest way to have instant fun and instant satisfaction!