This instant film camera brings the digital camera convenience to the art of film photography

Moir 21 is an instant film camera concept designed to blend the quality of film photography with the convenience of digital cameras.

While today’s world is swarmed with endless content and digital photographs, we’ve lost touch with the art of analog photography. Most of today’s feeds feature photos taken from smartphones and digital cameras, but you can always tell the difference between those and photographs taken on film.

There’s a mystique to film photography, but for modern purposes, we tend towards digital mediums. Blending the two together, design team Sarwan Bhinder and Vishnu R conceptualized Moir 21, an instant film camera that takes the best of both worlds to meet the beauty of film cameras with the convenience of digital photography.

Moir 21 is named after the French word mémoire, which loosely translates to the concept of recordkeeping. Maintaining the integrity of a film camera and resolving the limitations set by current digital cameras, Moir 21 allows for multiple prints of hand-selected photographs. Many photographers who enjoy takings photos on film appreciate the medium for its single-shot takes.

In order to keep that spirit alive, Sarwan and Vishnu designed Moir 21 to automatically erase a photograph only a few minutes after it has been taken. Additionally, the team of designers equipped Moir 21 with a minimal control panel so that modern users can remain close to the clean display of most digital cameras.

The actual photograph won’t be erased, but the photographer will only be able to see it again after been printed. Through the electronic viewfinder (EVF), photographers can change the settings on their cameras to produce different photographs, similar to a film camera.

Speaking to this, the designers suggest, “The controls are fluid and seamless in order to give a smoother and faster experience while shooting and printing.”

Designers: Sarwan Bhinder and Vishnu R

Sarwan and Vishnu designed Moir 21 to maintain the simplicity of a modern digital camera’s display.

Moir 21 has been conceptualize din two different colors, sleek black and optic white.

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This Polaroid Go idea could catapult the instant camera into low-light photography segment

Pocket-sized instant cameras don’t have the best results professionals can rely upon, but these do have their own market. So, whether you like the compactness of the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 or the cuteness of the Polaroid Go camera, you’re in the domain where love for instant cameras is paramount. To toil your senses further, an artist has revealed a fresh new design to the already exciting and charming Polaroid Go with its special edition concept.

I am a big fan of Polaroid cameras; they have for generations been the go-to instant cameras and their film quality has been above par for their credit. Family and friends have captured memories on the fly using an ultra-compact instant Polaroid camera that in recent generations, especially with the Go edition, is white and amiable. It pleases the eye and the photography enthusiast in one portable design that has gone through drastic makeover through the years.

The most exciting new Polaroid Go has proven its stance in the instant camera market. It comes for an affordable $99.99 and fits in the palm of the hand to snapshots with point and shoot convenience. It’s a standout feature in the selfie mirror on the viewfinder, which can be used to align well for a perfect selfie before the self-timer kicks in.

The Polaroid Go is already equipped with standout features like double exposure, a selfie timer, and a throwback design that rekindles the nostalgia for Polaroid cameras of yesteryears. Designer JK Captain who is already reckoned for his retro-futuristic computer from the Loki series, believes the white plastic-bodied Polaroid Go featuring splashes of color, has some scope for improvement.

To present an idea Polaroid would want to look at closely, the designer has added a manual focus lens right below the company’s signature rainbow stipe logo for more precise focusing and better low-light photography. The portable camera is provided with three colorful buttons for Exposure, Timing, and Autofocus, alongside the zoom in, zoom out buttons. The overall design scheme from the Polaroid Go remains the same, however, the ingenious additions will make the Polaroid Go special edition create some ripples in the instant camera industry.

Designer: JK Captain

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Polaroid’s ‘most creative instant camera yet’ lets you edit photos, use lens filters, and click long-exposure shots

Polaroid is, once again, at a crossroads. It famously survived the death of celluloid film cameras as everyone pivoted to digital media, and somehow managed to remain a relevant product even as smartphone cameras became more and more popular, but now as people are constantly pushing to create content and be more ‘creative’ on social media, a simple click-and-print instant camera doesn’t sound like a big deal anymore. To make the instant camera appealing to this new wave of ‘content creators’, Polaroid debuted the Now+, an i-Type camera that comes with a slew of features that upgrade the instant camera experience with filters, lenses, art-styles, and a remote shutter feature through Polaroid’s own smartphone app.

Polaroid’s always had a reputation of being a cool-kid toy, although the definition of ‘cool’ has certainly changed over the years. The Now+ keeps that in mind, with its unique set of features that let you capture images with a twist. The camera comes with snap-on lens filters that give your images different effects, while the camera now even supports capturing styles like long-exposure photography and double-exposure photography.

The snap-on lens kit features multiple tinted lenses as well as a ‘starburst’ lens for more vivid shots. The Now+ even comes with autofocus capabilities (a feature that was also built into its predecessor, the Now) and extensive creative control thanks to the accompanying Polaroid app. The app lets you adjust the camera’s aperture for either crisp, clear shots, or bokeh-filled low DoF images, while the camera intelligently handles the exposure to give you the best shot. The camera works with a tripod too, and can be remotely triggered via the smartphone app – a feature that’s integral to the Now+’s long-exposure photography mode that can be used for light-painting amongst other things. You can combine and photos too, for double-exposure photography – a feature that’s new to the Polaroid lineup.

The Polaroid Now+ supports both i-Type and 600 Type film. It comes in 3 colors (black, white, and blue-grey) and costs US$149 with the accompanying filter kit.

Designer: Polaroid

This Polaroid camera comes with an inbuilt stylus that lets you doodle on your photos before they print

Looks like the Galaxy Note and the instant camera had a baby! Meet the NOTIC, a camera concept that takes instant photography to the next level. While most instant cameras are a mere two-step effort – clicking and printing (or developing if you’re pedantic), NOTIC adds a third intermediary step that lets you customize your photos before they print. The camera’s built-in stylus lets you doodle on your photos, adding notes, emojis, sketches, etc. to give your photo a more heartfelt, personal touch.

The NOTIC camera concept is roughly modeled on the format of the Fujifilm Instax series, with its almost boxy appearance. It comes with a viewfinder in the top corner that lets you compose your shot, a flash for dark scenes, and an autofocus sensor that ensures your images are crystal clear. Once you’ve clicked the picture, a screen on the back of the camera displays your photo (which you can either accept or reject), and a pop-out-stylus built into the side of the camera lets you doodle on your photo before printing it out. Just experientially, it feels a lot like doodling on an Instagram story or a Snapchat snap before posting it, except this isn’t really ephemeral. Once you accept your final result, the photo develops on the instant film which slowly makes its way out of the top of the camera.

Designer: Jinwoo Jang

The stylus isn’t just a mere pen-shaped hunk of plastic either. It comes with buttons that let you toggle the stroke-width of your brush and even a button on top that lets you swap between brush and eraser.

Milo x LEICA children’s camera introduces kids to photography in a fun, intuitive way!

Children are curious. I genuinely believe kids learn more from copying everything we do rather than what we say. And they want to copy us by using the same gadgets we do. For example, my husband picked up his passion for photography from his dad. His dad’s love of tinkering with cameras and picture taking converted this into a lifelong of passion for his son. Understanding this inherent need to pass on our love to our children in a constructive way, Milo x LEICA is a camera that encourages fun, intuitive exploration in children of all ages.

LEICA is known for creating bespoke cameras that are almost collectible. While this clashes with the idea of handing them over to a kid, the quality of the output they deliver are sure to encourage the kids into taking up this hobby with increased frequency. The form of the camera is designed to encourage exploration – with soft rounded edges and a viewfinder that resembles a donut. The design names the viewfinder the visual inspection tool – letting the kid peek through it to discover the world they want to click a picture of. The aesthetics use a soothing yet vibrant white-yellow combination, sparking joy in all they do. Functionality-wise, the camera has a viewfinder, a button to click, a battery level indicator, and a lot that shoots the printed paper out once we click the photo.

Instant cameras are the gatekeepers of our memories. In a world going quickly digital, each printed picture is a gateway into a memory that we can cherish more often. The Milo x LEICA lets us do just that, making photography a fun activity and allowing your child to click pictures that go on and decorate your fridge every day!

Designer: Yang Lei with Yifeeling Design

Polaroid’s latest instant camera is the same classic analog we love, only pocket-sized!

For as long as we’ve been posting photos online, we’ve been glancing back at the sepia-toned, washed-out moments of the past for inspiration. The 1960s provide an endless supply of grid inspo for today’s creative youth, so it’s no wonder we all want to get our hands on the relics of yesterday’s cameras like those from Polaroid. This influx of young creatives purchasing vintage cameras has given way to some rebranding and new launches, particularly Polaroid’s new instant analog camera, Polaroid Go, the smallest of its kind.

Polaroid Go boasts itself as the world’s smallest instant analog camera, offering the same classic Polaroid frames, only smaller. Similar to Polaroid’s previous analog cameras, the Polaroid Go is compact and wearable with a detachable shoulder strap. The team behind Polaroid Go also notes that the instant analog camera is pocket-size for optimal portability, cutting the Polaroid Original-sized prints in half. Oskar Smolokowski, chairman of the board at Polaroid says, “You can put this in your pocket and have fun with it, all the objects in our life got smaller until the smartphone fit in our pocket, but it’s the same iconic photograph, just smaller.”

Dubbing it the ‘pocket-size creative companion,’ the Polaroid Go ushers in the brand’s first new film format since 1999. Outfitting the new camera with selfie features, a self-timer, and a simple double exposure function, the Polaroid Go certainly fits the bill for today’s photographic needs. Currently only available for preorder, the Polaroid Go offers an exciting reinterpretation of the Polaroid’s beloved analogs, Smolokowski goes on, “The Go follows that lineage but it’s a smaller size—it’s the smallest instant analog camera ever made.”

Designer: Polaroid

The Polaroid Go maintains the same inner mechanisms of older Polaroid models, with instant film advancement slides.

Just like older Polaroid models, the Go is simple by design and easy to use.

The Polaroid Go lets you take photos with spontaneity and ease, shooting out frames half the size of Polaroid Original film.

With integrated selfie capabilities and a self-timer, the Polaroid Go is ideal for today’s creative youth.

The Polaroid Go additionally offers a simple double exposure feature that can be applied with any shot.

With such a compact size, the Polaroid Go can be taken anywhere.

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 40 is a delightfully retro-looking instant camera!

At a glance, the Instax Mini 40 doesn’t look like the kind of camera you’d see in 2021. Although, given how we’re in an era of retro throwbacks, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 might have just nailed the retro-wave trend! With its black, boxy avatar, metallic accents, and that faux-leather texture that’s practically emblematic of vintage cameras, the Instax Mini 40 really takes us back to simpler times.

At its heart, the Instax Mini 40 is a pretty simple gadget. Unlike most cameras that come inundated with features, controls, and abilities to post stuff on social media, the Instax Mini 40 focuses more on having a very simplified UX… so all you need to really do is compose your shot, hit the button, and watch as your photo develops. The camera takes care of the rest, triggering the flash, auto-exposing the shot, and printing out your image with slightly soft details and a high contrast – just as you would expect with any Polaroid shot.

The instant camera’s simplified UX is evident in how you use the camera too. Press the large silver button on the front and the lens pops open, switching the camera on. The camera comes with two shooting modes too – a standard mode and a selfie mode. To toggle the selfie mode, just pull the lens out a little further and it changes its focal length, allowing subjects closer to the camera to be in focus. When you want to shut the camera, just push the lens back in and the Instax Mini 40 powers down.

Ultimately, the Instax Mini 40 may look like a serious retro-inspired camera, but it’s more of an entry-level camera meant for people who take the retro-trend seriously. Its body is all-plastic (and so are the metallic accents), making for a camera that does feel slightly on the cheaper side, even though it sports a $100 price tag. It shares most of its features with the $70 Instax Mini 11, albeit in a smaller, more 70-80s inspired design. The camera will be available later this month, and for an extra couple of bucks, you can even grab yourself a leatherette case with a shoulder-sling.

Designer: Fujifilm

Lacoste-themed Polaroid 600 instant film camera is boxy crocodile every photography enthusiast will love!

As the gloom of the pandemic continues, two brands – rather distinct in approach – have collaborated for a Spring 2021 collection complete with a rainbow of colors. The Technicolor capsule collection is an outcome of the uncanny partnership between Lacoste and Polaroid that comprises an instant camera and clothing made in each other’s iconic styles.

Lacoste-themed Polaroid 600 instant film camera in red and green hue is the highlight of the consortium. This boxy camera mimics the former’s crocodile logo – in an animated form of course – when the built-in flash is popped open. The peppy camera strikes an instant chord with the era gone by thanks to its retro look and bold use of colors. On the other hand, Polaroid-themed Lacoste apparels feature Technicolor sweatshirts, tracksuits, swimwear, T-shirts, and the like, with Polaroid photo prints in the brand’s rainbow logo that transports you back to the 1960s.

While the spectrum of Polaroid colors goes from photography to fabric, the Lacoste touch to the Polaroid camera transposes a new attraction to the classic Polaroid 600 instant film camera. A genuine piece of vintage retro-tech, this is in all respects a functional camera instead of being just a charming little boxy crocodile one may count it out for on the first glance. With its retro spirit, this new Polaroid 600 offers highly saturated style and if you want to own the fancy cam, it is available in Europe along with a strap and a pack of 600 color film for €150.

Designer: Lacoste x Polaroid

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Polaroid’s new $99 instant camera comes with autofocus and dual-exposure

Meet the Polaroid Now, an instant camera which, as its name rightfully suggests, wants you to live in the moments you capture. Designed around its i-Type film technology, the Polaroid Now is a simple, easy-to-use $99 instant camera that’s all about clicking great pictures. The Polaroid Now comes with an autofocus feature that allows it to automatically adjust between a 35mm and 40mm lens to capture your subject with great detail, be it a portrait or a landscape shot. It also has an adaptive flash that adjusts the flash hue based on the lighting of your scene. With a large, red camera trigger button on the front, all it takes for you to capture a great photo is to look into the viewfinder and click your picture when you’re ready. The Polaroid Now even comes with a double-exposure feature, allowing you to click trippy, artistic photos that print right out onto its i-Type film. Pretty impressive for a $99 camera!

Designer: Polaroid

This polaroid camera goes modern with an analog slider and a burst mode!

Have you ever used an instant camera? I must say they’re pretty fun, and using one is a totally unique experience on its own. However, they’re quite limited as they can only capture one single moment, not multiple ones. With the advanced instant cameras today, you can print out a single picture several times, but you can’t deny capturing multiple images in quick succession is much more satisfying. You might say we do have our smartphones and their cool burst mode for that, but come on, there’s something so quintessential and vintage-esque about using an instant camera! In answer to our prayers, designer Cheolsu Park created Picslot. Picslot is an adorable instant camera concept that can capture and print multiple moments…or to be more accurate up to six!

Designer: Cheolsu Park

Picslot is quite similar to the burst mode on our smartphones, however, unlike our smartphones, it has been designed to capture only a few precious moments…not all of them! (I know we’re all guilty of binge-clicking everything around us on some vacation) Once you click the shutter button and continuously capture all six images, it’s time to choose which one to print, or maybe all?

A circular button runs along one side of the camera. Various slots ranging from one to six have been added, you simply slide the button and move it to the selected slot or the moment, press the button and that particular picture is printed! You can print all six, or only the ones that meet your criteria.

With its capacity to click and print multiple picture slots, Picslot overcomes the limitations of traditional instant cameras, while retaining their uniqueness, and the thrill that comes along with using one. Not to mention Picslot is quite cute and meets all my aesthetic goals for sure!