Ultimate Guide to Lomography Instant Cameras

Ultimate Guide to Lomography Instant Cameras
10/06/2015 Byte9 Systems

Step-by-step run through of the dynamic collection of Lomography Instant cameras – Lomo made easy!

Last week we introduced Lomography and the wonders of their Analogue Cameras. However, we wouldn’t be doing Lomography full justice if we didn’t pay a tribute to their vast, awe-inspiring and creative-juice-inducing selection of instant cameras.Lomography Instant Cameras

Living in the technology age we are impatient, some people simply cannot fathom having to wait for their pictures to be developed. If this is you, you need a Lomography Instant camera, all of the exciting Lomography features but without the wait – your pic is printed straight away! It’s like a Polaroid, except not at all – it is absolutely and undoubtedly better!

Given Lomography doesn’t do anything by halves, their selection is vast. We have broken down their Instant Cameras into manageable chunks. The Lomo’Instant Camera focuses solely on perfecting your instant shots while both the Diana F+ Instant Camera and Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter Instant Camera allow you to switch between 120 Film and instant shots! The choice is all yours. Read more to be blown away by the capabilities of these instant cameras and get snapping!

We have provided a Lomography Glossary in case you stumble over any tech heavy words!


Lomo’Instant Camera

Try this highly advanced instant camera with its extensive creative capabilities. Choose between three different editions: Black, White or Boston. You can also get three extra lenses (for £30) to enhance your artistic possibilities.


3 Shooting Modes:
Shoot photos with auto-flash on for immediate great results, or take direct control with the creative shooting modes (with flash and without flash).

Flash On Auto Mode: With this mode you can easily get amazing instant photos on the go. A sensor on the flash detects the brightness and the light meter automatically gives off the right amount of flash. The default aperture value is f/16 and the exposure compensation dial can be adjusted in this mode. This is the perfect fuss-free, easy-peasy mode for day and night shooting!

Creative Mode (Flash On): This mode is great for shooting indoors. The flash is on and you can switch between N for normal daytime shots and B shutter for long exposures. Lomography suggest selecting the Aperture – A (f/16) and Shutter “B” (bulb – long exposure). This is great for low-light situations such as shooting indoors, night-time photography and playing with long exposures

Creative Mode (Flash Off): This mode is great for long exposures at night. The flash is switched off and you can switch between N for normal daytime shots and B shutter for long exposures at night.

Unlimited Multiple Exposures:

The Lomo’Instant is the only modern Instant camera which allows you to shoot unlimited multiple exposure instants. This means you can combine numerous shots on one frame for show-stopping effects!

Advanced Lens System:

One built-in wide angle lens, plus additional Fisheye, Portrait and Close-Up lens attachments available.

Wide Angle Lens (built-in): This 27mm equivalent wide-angle lens captures more than your eyes can see and allows you to shoot uber-cool up-close-and-personal shots with the 0.4m closest focusing distance. It’s perfectly suited to spontaneous instant shooting i.e. the impromptu selfie!

Close-Up Lens Attachment: With this lens, you can shoot ridiculously cool instant snaps at a focusing distance of 10cm-15cm; it works using a fixed aperture of f/16.

Fisheye Lens Attachment: Get hooked, lined and shamelessly sinkered for wonderful circular instants with the 170° Fisheye Lens Attachment.

Portrait Lens Attachment: This 35mm equivalent lens attachment is incredibly versatile and gives great results indoors and out. It’s great for portraits as well as street photography and landscape shots.

Infinite Long Exposures:

Perfect for low light, dawn/dusk and nighttime shooting. Get artistic with light painting and create beautiful light streaked instants!

The N setting on your camera is perfect for daytime shots and night shots with a flash. The B setting means you can create light-streaked photos by holding the shutter open for as long as you like. Give it a go for low-light or night-time shooting and creating breathtaking light paintings.

Largest Aperture Setting:

With its maximum aperture of f/8, the Lomo’Instant Camera has the largest aperture setting currently in the instant photography world. Shooting with f/8, you can get brighter shots. Or you can use a smaller aperture such as f/22 for getting every detail in focus – Smaller apertures are perfect for landscape shots with lots of detail.

Color Gels:

Transform your photos with color by shooting with fun color gels!

By adding the filters over your flash, you can play around with cool and warm tones, and give an artistic flair to your instants!

Easy 2 Step-Focusing:

Quickly get the shot you want.

Tripod Mount and Cable Release Thread:

Advanced extras for ultra-impressive instant photography!

Lomo’Instant Splitzer:

Split your shot into multiple images (make sure the MX mode is on first)! So do half shots, one half of your face, one half of your friends. This lens literally blocks out half (or any portion) of the lens out and leaves the rest open to capture a portion of the shot.

Film Format: Fuji Instax Mini film: The most widely available instant film on earth.

The camera works with the high quality and widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, renowned for its bright colours and clear images. Your photos will be credit card sized snapshots which can fit in any wallet and look great on any wall!

Best For:

Creative Shooters – you have exhausted the possibilities of your digital and analogue cameras and need a new challenge. The extensive features of this Lomo’Instant will keep you entertained and amazed for hours.


Fuji Instax Mini – Print size: 85 mm (H) x 54 mm (W) / Image size: 46 mm (W) x 62 mm (H)


Without +3 Lenses: £89.00

With 3+ Lenses: £120.00

Boston Edition: £135.00

Black Edition:


White Edition: 

Boston Edition: 

How to load your film:


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Diana F+ Instant Camera Pack & Flash 

This is the Diana F+ Medium Format Camera we reviewed last week with the addition of an Instant Back. Meaning you can create the dreamy Diana pics and print them instantly!

Simply load it with Fuji Instax Mini film to start snapping soft-focused photos in no time.

The greatest thing with this camera is that it gives you the freedom to mix it up – switch between the classic 120 film for beautiful lo-fi medium format images and Fuji Instax Mini film for credit card size instant pictures with the soft focus Diana touch.

This camera package also comes with a close-up lens attachment, which makes it perfect for portrait shooting! This camera also has pinhole capability and full compatibility with other Diana F+ Lenses and Accessories.

Diana Instant (2)


The Dreamy Diana Look: The Diana F+ Instant Camera creates dreamy, lo-fi photos on instant film – You’ll get soft-focused images with beautiful vignettes on the edges.

Choose from two Shutter-Speeds: “N” for normal (daytime/flash) or “B” for long exposures (indoor/night-time).

Standard Back Included: The standard Diana F+ Back is included in the package for when you feel like shooting medium format. You can get 12 full-frame square shots (5.2 x 5.2cm) or 16 smaller square images (4.2 x 4.2cm) in one 120 film roll.

Easy Multiple Exposures: With its uncoupled advance and shutter, the Diana F+ Instant Camera allows you to shoot as many times as you want on the same frame.

Perfect Pinhole Function: Unscrew the lens and experiment with pinhole photos for a completely new shooting experience.

Shutter Lock and Tripod Thread: Lock the shutter open and attach a tripod to shoot steady long-exposure photos.

Flash Included: The Diana F+ Instant Camera package includes the Diana+ Flash. Retro-looking and ultra-cool, light up your shots and use the colour filters to splash your photos with crazy tones.

Best For:

All rounded photographers – love shooting classic analogue shots but would love to give instant pictures a try. This Diana F+ Instant Camera Pack is for you! Fall in love with the dream like photos and the ability instantly share them with your friends. It also makes the perfect present for the dedicated digital photographer who wants to try out the wonders of analogue.


Fuji Instax Mini – Print size: 85 mm (H) x 54 mm (W) / Image size: 46 mm (W) x 62 mm (H)

120mm Film


Diana F+ Instant Camera Pack & Flash: £120.00

Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter Instant Camera 

The awesome Belair X 6-12 from last week’s review now with instant capabilities!

This incredible camera allows you to shoot mind-blowing instant photos on Fuji Instax Wide film using all kinds of creative options such as multiple exposures, long exposures, interchangeable lenses and hot-shoe flash compatibility. Load it up with Fuji Instax Wide film and you’re ready to go!

When you fancy a change simply replace the Instant Back on the Belair Instant Camera Kit with a regular 120 Film Back to shoot fantastic medium format panoramic photos. Choose between 3 shooting formats (6×6, 6×9, 6×12) and become the envy of all your photographic friends!

Belair Instant (8)


More Experimentation: With the Belair Instant Camera, you’ll have the perfect tools for capturing each moment on film and seeing your shots at once!

Medium Format Frontier: Ushering in an exciting medium format experience is the Lomography’s Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter. This special snapper lets you create high-quality panoramas, regular and square photos, mix-and-match high quality lenses and much, much more.

Split-Second Shots: Take the Belair Instant Back and turn your Belair camera into an instant photo machine. This accessory allows you to play with the Belair’s numerous features and see the fruits of your analogue exploration in a snap.

Make It Wide: This camera back uses Fuji Instax Wide film, not included in the package.

Glass Lens: As opposed to the plastic lens of the other cameras, gives this camera the premium edge and allows for sharper photos.

Best For:

No Nonsense Photographers – with Belair X-6-12 the quality is a cut above. The versatility between instant shots and 120film means your options are endless and the results will truly blow you away. This camera is for an experienced photographer who knows how to make the most of the extensive settings and variations of this delightful construction! Enjoy!


120mm Film

Fuji Instax Wide film – Print size: 108 mm (H) x 85 mm (W) / Image size: 62 mm (W) x 99 mm (H)


Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter Instant Camera: £296.00

Belair Instant (9)

So that is our rundown of the Lomography Instant Cameras that are available.  Hopefully that’s a clear guide as to the best camera for you from this collection.

Like what you see? Head straight on over to Bear & Bear to get your camera and get shooting.

There’s still more to come from Lomography! Next week we will introduce their products that will revolutionise your shooting world – from constructing your own camera to scanning your analogue film straight to your smartphone!

Please contact us if you’ve got any questions or comments at [email protected].

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