2018-05-16

Guide to instant camera and polaroid film

With the launch of the Fujifilm instax Square SQ6 just announced (15th May 2018), we thought we'd celebrate the world of instant cameras.

The instant print camera market has seen a revival over the last few years, with nostalgia and a desire for physical prints seeing a flurry of new cameras hitting the market since 2013.

Our guide and comparison table looks at the size, format and cost per print of instant print film that is available in the market in 2018.

Series of 3 images taken with Fuji Instax Square film, with black border
Fuji Instax Square film, with black border




Polaroid

Much akin to Hoover and vacuum cleaners, the name Polaroid is synonymous with instant print cameras. The company may have had a turbulent time over recent years, but happily they live on, rebranded as 'Polaroid originals' in 2017.

Film – Polaroid Originals 600 & i-Type*

*I-Type comes in the same format as 600, but is optimised for the OneStep2 camera. It doesn't have a battery in the film pack, so they won't work in old 600 cameras.
We love: Choose various frames and print styles
Film Size: 7.8 x 7.68 cm (photo area) and 10.752 x 8.847 cm (total area).
Available in: Colour, black and white
Price per pack: £18.99
Shots per pack: 8
Cost per print: £2.37
Camera: Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 . Plus previous Polaroid 600 cameras.

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Film – Polaroid SX-70 Film 

We love: Authentic vintage feel
Film Size:  image area: 7.9 cm x 7.9 cm and total area: 10.7 cm x 8.8 cm -
Available in: Colour, black and white
Price per pack: £17.99
Shots per pack: 8
Cost per print: £2.25
Camera:  Polaroid SX-70-type


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Film – Polaroid Originals Spectra/Image

We love: the widest format Polaroid
Film Size: 7.341 x 9.078 cm (photo area) and 10.290 x 10.150 cm (total area).
Available in: Colour, black and white
Price per pack: £18.99
Shots per pack: 8
Cost per print: £2.37
Camera: Polaroid Spectra


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Fujifilm

The Fuji Instax range has been running since 1998, and is available in 3 different formats – square, mini and wide.

Film: Fuji Instax Wide

We love: the wide format to squeeze more into your shot
Film Size: Image size 6.2cm x 9.9cm, film size 8.6cm x 10.8cm
Available in: Colour, black and white
Price per pack: Colour - £16.99 BW = 11.99
Shots per pack: Colour – 20 BW - 10
Cost per print: Colour = £1.69 BW - £1.99
Camera:  Fujifilm Instax 300 Wide Format

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Film: Fujifilm Fuji Instax Mini

We love: ISO 800 with minimal noise
Film Size: Image size = 4.6 cm × 6.2 cm, film size 5.4 cm × 8.6 cm
Available in: Colour
Price per pack: £8.99
Shots per pack: 10
Cost per print: £0.89
Camera: Fuji Instax Mini 9, Mini 70, Leica Sofort

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Film: Fujifilm Fuji Instax Square

We love: Square styling, keep it uniform!
Format: Image Size – 6.2cm x 6.2cmm Film size 7.2cm x 8.6cm
Available in: Colour with a choice of white or black border
Price per pack: 9.99
Shots per pack: 10
Cost per print: £0.99
Camera: Fuji Instax SQ6

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Leica

Leica took their first steps into the instant camera market in 2016 with the launch of their Leica Sofort camera and film.

Film: Leica Sofort

We love: Nostalgia from the legendary Leica
Film Size: 4.6 cm × 6.2 cm, film size 5.4 cm × 8.6 cm
Available in: Colour, black and white
Price per pack: Colour £10.00 B/W £11.00
Shots per pack: 10
Cost per print: Colour £1 B/W £1.10
Camera:  Leica Sofort

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Instant film comparison table 



Polaroid Originals 600 & i-Type
Polaroid SX-70 Film 
Polaroid Originals Spectra/
Image

Fuji Instax Wide
Fuji Instax Mini
Fuji Instax Square
Leica Sofort
Total print size (cm)
10.8 x 8.8
10.7 x8.8
10.3 x 10.2
8.6 x 10.8
5.4 x 8.6
7.2 x 8.6
5.4 x 8.6
Image size (cm)
7.8 x 7.68
7.9 x7.9
7.3 x 9.1
6.2 x 9.9
4.6 x 6.2
6.2 x 6.2
4.6 x 6.2
Available in
Colour, black & white
Colour, black & white
Colour, black & white
Colour, black & white
Colour
Colour with black or white border
Colour, black & white
Price Per Pack
£18.99
£17.99
£18.99
Colour  £16.99 B/W  11.99
£8.99
£9.99
£10.00
Shots per pack
8
8
8
Colour  20
B/W  10
10
10
10
Cost per print
£2.37
£2.25
£2.37
Colour  £1.69 B/W - £1.99
£0.89
£0.99
£1.00
Camera
Polaroid Originals OneStep 2.

Plus previous Polaroid 600 cameras.
Polaroid SX-70-typePolaroid SpectraFujifilm Instax 300 Wide Format Fuji Instax Mini 9, Mini 70, Leica SofortFuji Instax SQ6Leica Sofort