Instant Photography

Bankruptcy and the ceasing of production of instant films by Polaroid could have left only Fujifilm as a producer of peal apart instant film for Land Cameras, but no integral instant films for classic Polaroid cameras. However, in 2008 The Impossible Project was conceived and funding was found to purchase the last Polaroid film manufacturing plant in the world.
Ten of the best former Polaroid employees were recruited to join in the effort to recreate film chemistry for SX-70, 600, and Spectra/Image cameras.By 2010 Impossible released its first black and white instant film, recreating instant film for Polaroid format cameras.
Polaroid SX-70 Black & White instant film
Scamper in the shadow of lace curtains. Polaroid SX-70 Black & White instant film.
Today, it produces black & white and color integral films, 8×10 black & white film, and the Instant Lab, which works with black & white or color SX-70 or 600 films to make instant prints from smartphones and tablets; and it refurbishes classic Polaroid SX-70, 600, and Spectra/Image cameras.
Polaroid SX-70 Black & White instant film
Pepper behind lace curtains. Polaroid SX-70 Black & White instant film.

Find out more about Impossible.

Fixed Lens Cameras & Camera Raw

Camera-Raw-EditorHaving your camera configured to save in camera raw file format is like having a negative from which to work. All the data from light that reached the sensor is recorded in your file. JPEGs are smaller, but some data and development or editing latitude are lost in the process of compressing the files.
Here are some fixed lens cameras that can be found online for under $500 with the capability of saving in raw format.
  • Canon PowerShot G16
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Canon PowerShot S110Olympus SH-2
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS50XR
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • FujifilmXQ1
  • FujifilmXS1
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Olympus SH-2
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70
  • Sony Cyber-shot RX100
There are higher priced fixed lens cameras out there if you need more from your gear. Interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras or DSLRs, will as a rule offer raw file format capability also at higher prices.
Want features at lower prices? Look for earlier model versions, but check specifications for any feature changes. Discontinued new, like-new, and refurbished cameras can often be found, sometimes with significant savings.