A stylish, easy-to-use Instax camera: Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat camera hits Kickstarter
posted Friday, September 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM EDT
Lomography has a rich history of creating stylish, analog cameras. They have successfully capitalized on a market and continued to create new, often aesthetically distinct, products. Their latest product, which is on Kickstarter now, is no different. The Lomo'Instant Automat is being billed as "the ultimate instant camera for beginners and experts alike" and is fully automatic, always ready to capture your vision. The camera retains the same Lomography styling you've come to know - and perhaps love.
Focusing is handled via a three-step zone-focusing system which is designed to be straightforward and user-friendly. To help you keep track of your remaining shots, there's a digital light counter. You're not limited to just automatic shooting, and you can shoot exposures up to 30 seconds in duration with the Lomo'Instant Automat.
To provide flexibility, the camera is compatible with three lens attachments: close-up, wide-angle and fisheye. There are four color gels as well, which you can add to the camera's built-in flash to give your photos a burst of color. Speaking of color, it wouldn't be a Lomography camera without numerous striking body colors to choose from, including white, black, yellow and red. The yellow is a special option available exclusively to Kickstarter backers.
The Lomo'Instant Automat uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, which provides a 62 x 46mm shooting area. The shutter speed range in automatic mode is eight seconds to 1/250s, and the maximum exposure is 30 seconds when shooting in the manual bulb mode. There are two apertures to choose from, either f/8 or f/22, and a single stop of exposure compensation is available. The built-in flash has a guide number of nine meters and has two modes: automatic and off. The focus system mentioned above has three available zones: 0.6 meter, 1-2 meters and infinite. The camera has a tripod mount, is compatible with an infrared remote, and uses two CR2 batteries. If you'd like to mount a filter, you'll need one with 43mm threading.
Available for order now on Kickstarter, the Lomo'Instant Automat can be yours for US$112 in black or white. For $129, you can get the Automat in red with the three lenses mentioned above. There are a wide variety of other Kickstarter backing options available, and many of them are running out fast, so head on over to the Kickstarter campaign page to order yours today. As of writing, there are only a dozen days left in the campaign (which has been backed by over 4,500 people and shattered its US$100,000 goal by over $600,000).