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What is the cheapest instant camera out there long-term?

I would love an instant camera, and I've been checking out the instax mini 7s, but the film seems fairly costly. I was wondering if there are any other options out there, and where they'd be cheaper in terms of both the cost of the camera and the cost of the film, since buying a really cheap camera that costs and arm and a leg for 10 shots seems fairly pointless to me.
Just to be clear I mean instant cameras, like polaroids, not digital cameras.

none of the answers so far have really told me anything...I know they'll still be pricey, but what is the cheapest available?


Hi Sophie,

While instant photography is an interesting niche market that offers some unique artistic and creative means of expression you have discovered its biggest drawback. It is very expensive compared to digital photography and every mistake costs enough to buy a beverage, snack or possibly a lottery ticket.

You have already found the most affordable Instant Film solution available because most companies that manufacture this type of film have stopped production of instant film. If you buy the Fuji film in bulk you can probably get fresh film for about U.S. $1.55 per exposure. The longstanding problem with Polaroid and similar type cameras has been the cost of the film combined with a relatively low "success rate".

Few users ever learned enough to achieve a high success rate with this type of camera so the cost per usable image becomes quite high. Typical users could often only get one good exposure out of four shots so using a camera with film at $1.55 per exposure makes the actual cost about $1.50 x 4 or about $6.20 per usable shot.

One of the reasons for the rapid acceptance of digital imaging is that digital technology has improved image quality to a level comparable to film while reducing the cost per exposure by 90% or more. It is now possible to buy memory cards that will hold 100 or more very high quality images for less than the cost of a pack of 10 exposure Fuji instant film and the images can be reviewed immediately, rejects can be removed easily and the "keepers" can be copied to a computer so the card can be reused dozens or even hundreds of times.

Hope that helps. Email me if you would like more details.

P.S. "Instamatic" is the trademark name of Kodak cartridge loading film cameras that originally used 126 film size and later the "Pocket" models that used 110 size film cartridges. These cameras DID NOT provide instant pictures, the film had to be processed by a photo lab.

Large Format Printer Manufacturers and Brands

large format printers are those who have a printing width of 17 to 100 inches These printers are used for printing posters, banners and posters. Providing a cheaper alternative technologies such as screen printing. They use rolls of printing materials and some have built in hot air dryers to prevent sticking impressions. Some large format printers The most popular are:

Printer Scotchprint 3M 2000: 3M is still developing electrostatic large-format printers and loved by the users of low cost and rapid exit.

Accuplot Inkjet Printers: Accuplot 3400, 4300 and 6200 are popular high large format printers that are loved by all for its quality and flexibility in the use of equipment. Pizzo come with Epson heads and can not be replaced and changed without too much hassle.

Agfa Sherpa: What are inkjet printers are available in large format 61 cm (24 in.) to 2.21 m (87 inches) in area. The operation is quick and reliable in terms of color reproduction. They come with color management tools and can be used posters, backlit display and graphics as a vehicle.

Roland FJ 400/500/600/540 and Roland AJ-1000 printers job versatile and fast Roland large format to everyone's taste for quality. They have eight to twelve models of color, and head, as well as the previous batches of six colors.

Alfa Meric spectrum: They have automated machines positioning system with sizes ranging from 52x90 cm (300 dpi) at 600 dpi in black and white video camera, plotters, etc.

Gerber Orion: Capable of producing extremely bright print for outdoor advertising that can be used without lamination. This printer ink solvent. It is valued output robust and reliable.

Arizona 1100-3: The Océ GretagImaging and provide a quality press and Arizona 180 digital display is very popular for the rapids and cleaning operations.

Printers Textile ATPcolor: These printers adaptation of Roland and Mutoh are popular for their excellent quality and versatility in the use of a variety of substrates.

Bellis Bellis and More: This printer inkjet 6-color large format offers 1440 dpi resolution and comes with 24 printheads. Is 54 inches wide and widely used for outdoor visual effects.

Piezo inkjet printers RasterGraphics ink printers Inkjet High-speed are the best professionals in the outdoor advertising because they use UV inks sustainable. 5000 PiezoPrint You may have a 54-inch wide inkjet 309 dpi.

Variatronics: Varitronics Proimagen XL3000 printers are more heat transfer and are more suitable for printing posters, banners, posters, educational materials large, etc.

Encad NovaJet 8 colors: positively by the printers trade because of the quality and flexibility with color reproduction.

Canon imagePROGRAF IPF 500: These models of large screen of 36 inches is the best medium for smaller firms Print advertising agencies. The software offers many options to manipulate the results.

DisplayMaker Spirit: This 8-color printer is 52 - and 62-inch wide and can produce 160 square feet per hour with a resolution of 600 dpi. But if you want a resolution of about 1200-1800 dpi produces 55 square feet per hour. The adjustable head allows print substrates of different thicknesses.

These are some large format printers, but here are some other printers and manufacturers to discuss some upcoming posts:

Canon imagePROGRAF IPF 600
Canon imagePROGRAF IPF 700
Canon imagePROGRAF IPF 9000
Canon imagePROGRAF W8200
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000
Canon BubbleJet-W9000
Mach Colorspan DisplayMaker 12
DisplayMaker ColorSpan XII
Print ColorSpan FabriJet for textiles and other fabrics
GretagMacbeth EyeOne
ColorWings textile printer
Durst Lamda
textile printers D-gen
MC3 OPICS DTP Express Link
Premium Link DPT OPICS MC3
Durst Rho
3M raster graphics printers
Encad wide format, 24 inches, 24 Chroma
Encad 36 inch NovaJetPro
50-inch Encad NovaJetPro 50
NovaJetPro Encad 500, 505, Xsell New
Encad NovaJet PROe 600, 630, 700
Encad NovaJet 736
Encad NovaJet 750
Encad NovaJet 850
Encad NovaJet 880
Encad NovaJet 1000i
OEM Encad
SignJetP of Graphtec
Epson Stylus Pro 11880
Epson 1520, Epson 3000
Epson 5500
Epson Stylus 9000 Wide Format Color Printer
Epson 7500, Epson 9500 large format printers
Epson Stylus Pro 4400 7400 9400 to CAD and GIS applications
Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Epson Stylus Pro 9900.
Epson Stylus Pro 10000CF
Mermaid Eurotech
Gandinnovations Jeti 3324 Aquajet
Large Format Printer Print Fine Art
Gigabit Ethernet
Mamut Gradco
Graphtec, SignJetPro
HP DesignJet 5000PS
HP 430 450c, 488ca
HP 750C, 755CM
HP DesignJet 1055CM
HP DesignJet 3000
HP DesignJet 2800CP
HP 4000
HP 3500
HP 500ps for CAD, 800ps for graphic design
HP Designjet 500, 500ps, new page up to date.
HP Designjet 500, 500ps, old page
HP DesignJet Copier HP DesignJet 815mfp cc800ps
HP DesignJet 5000PS and 5000
HP DesignJet 5500
Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 90, 90r, 90gp
HP Designjet Z2100 and HP Designjet Z3100
HP Designjet Z6100 Photo Printer Series
Ilford Imaging, printers, large format inkjet
Kodak 2042, 2060, 3038, 3043
Kodak 1200i
Kodak Professional 5260
Leggett & Platt

About the Author

This Article is written by John C Arkin from the contributor of PrintCountry Articles. More information on the subject is at Wide Format Printer Manufacturers & Brands, and related resources can be found at Printer Cartridges.


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