Gifts Ideas for the Polaroid Photo Fanatic

Instant film has had a sort of reemergence with the ever growing popularity of Fujifilm’s Instax cameras, and Impossible Project’s various cameras and instant films. There are a lot of new converts to the instant film phenomenon, but there are also plenty of old timers who came up with polaroids and that classic instant film.

Today we are taking a look at six great gifts for the instant film fanatic,l: everything from film to cameras. So let’s get started!

Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome


“So do I like Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome? Yes. I think it’s fantastic. Do I like the cameras that are out there? No. For pinholes, the image quality is surely there. But I want to be able to deliver really beautiful portraits using this film and at the moment, I can’t exactly put my creating vision through with the cameras available.” — Read Our Full Review

Fujifilm’s Instax film is currently one of the most used instant film mediums, and their recently released Monochrome version has been a long requested hit with black and white monochrome enthusiasts. If your instant film fanatic is into black and white, than this would likely make for a great gift! You can pick up packs over on Amazon here for $13.99/pack.

Impossible Project Color film

“Impossible Color 2.0 is a step forward in the right direction. It renders color well, but I really feel like most people will have no idea how to use it properly right out of the box. For that reason, I think that Impossible should have instructions on use shipped with every pack of film. This emulsion is leaps and bounds better than color 1.0 was, and it’s probably even the best medium format color instant film available right now (sans Fujifilm 100C with a good camera/lens/flash.)” — Read our full review of Impossible 2.0 Color Film

If the instant film fanatic you are shopping for has a camera that takes that classic Polaroid sized film then a great gift could be some Impossible Project color film for them to take instant color images. Its not cheap, as far as film goes, but it would be a great gift if it’s within budget. Interested? You can find it over on Amazon, here for $23.49.

Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomo'Instant Wide product photos (10 of 10)ISO 2001-30 sec at f - 2.0

“The Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide is a great, fun camera to use. But I personally feel it would have been made into a better camera if the lens had glass elements. That would have made this the ultimate instax wide camera for sure! But otherwise, there is very little to complain about. You’ve still got pretty good image quality, you can use it with studio lights, the build quality isn’t cheap, and it offers you lots of versatility.” — Read our full review of the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide

Looking to make an impression with your gift? How about splurging on a serious instant film camera capable of great results and incredible images? Sounds good? Then the Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide is a great option for you. You can find it over on Amazon here for $199.

Impossible Project I-1

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Impossible Project I-1 review product images (3 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

“Is the Impossible Project I-1 a fantastic camera? When you consider the awful battery life and then it’s just an okay camera. It’s by far the best camera that spits out Impossible Project film. But overall in the analog world, I’m yearning for something better with full manual control, glass lens elements and designed for a true photographer wanting to use all technical elements to deliver an artistic piece of work. And if something like that was in my hands, I’d do it without hesitation.” — Read our full review of the Impossible I-1

If you have a large budget and want to really give the gift of the year to your instant film fan, no doubt the Impossible Project I-1 would be an incredible choice. It is one of the best instant film cameras out right now that shoots on Impossible film, and this would be a gift earning you favors well into 2017. Want to pull the trigger? Jump over to Amazon and pick one up here for $298.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Photo Plus Expo 2013 Fujifilm XE2 XQ1 Mini90 Instax product images (14 of 18)ISO 16001-50 sec at f - 2.0

“If you’re looking to do loads of pixel peeping, this isn’t the camera for you and you should probably smack yourself really hard before even considering something like this. The Instax Mini 90 is a creative camera with an emphasis on giving people that love the fun-filled party cameras a bit more creativity and versatility. With that said though, this is a camera that will be targeted at and sold to people that value creativity and looks first. “– Read our Full Review Here

Don’t quite have the budget for the Lomography or Impossible cameras above? Give the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 a look. This camera is as stylish as it is functional and will be the perfect tool for someone looking to get really creative with their Instax film. You can find them over on Amazon here for $124.

Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat product images first impressions (1 of 10)ISO 16001-600 sec at f - 1.4

“I greatly admire Lomography’s efforts. This camera is going to be a hit–let’s be honest. And I genuinely think that backing it is a good idea because it will eventually mean that they’ll offer options for those of us that use manual focus cameras and manual exposure settings. That’s really what I want. Considering that this is a 645 surface area, it’s truly something that could create a brand new photography renaissance amongst the more advanced photographers out there.” — Read our full review here

Another camera option for those of you looking to impress, the Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat is a nice option as something in-between the Instax Mini 90 and the more expensive Impossible option. Want one? Grab it over on Amazon here, for $209.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.