Long before digital cameras and Instagram began ruling the universe of photography, life was different. An expensive hobby, it required precision and tremendous patience. Things weren’t as easy and inexpensive as clicking and deleting the not-good pictures. The film roll was costly so one had to be sure of the right fame and lighting. Then one had to wait to finish the entire film roll and give it to the neighbouring shop to ‘develop’ the pictures. As kids, it was a big test of patience for us. Life was tough!
Then came the Polaroid camera. Click a frame and the picture popped out within seconds! It’s was a magic trick to us. The camera and the film pack was expensive. Hence, it’s use was limited to special occasions.
Bringing back the magic of nostalgia is Fujifilm Instax Wide 300. Now, a lot has changed since the time Polaroid first fascinated us. Instant pictures no longer offer gratification. Filters and photo editors take care of the flaws so precision is not really a requirement for taking non-professional pictures. In such a scenario, the camera may appear worthless. Plus, it requires you to load the film pack (costing about Rs 1000) and use your judgment for the right frame and light.
So what’s good about the camera? Old-school fun, nostalgic appeal, and perhaps to practice the art of photography! Make no mistake, quality of pictures is not a high point of this camera; it’s not the best device for taking pictures inside a room. Instant photo prints, however, are definitely cool. Buy it just for the sake of fun!
– The shutter speed ranges from 1/64 seconds to 1/200 seconds.
– Focus range: from 0.9 metres to 3 metres
– Film Size 86 mm x 108 mm, Picture Size 62 mm x 99 mm
– Has tripod socket, useful for group photos
– Weight: 980 g
MRP: Rs 9,500
(Available on Amazon for Rs 8214)