As a welcome change of pace, digital photographers who feel trapped in a rut sometimes opt for the film. Using instant film takes away the need to develop rolls to the laboratory (or the darkroom) and offers the same instantaneous satisfaction for digital shots that you get. One of a range of instant cameras in demand is the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300. It uses the larger of the two instant video formats of Fujifilm, twice the size of the Lomography Lomo’Instant’s Instax Mini format. That’s a major plus in my book, even though some of the more innovative features Lomo’s camera offers are absent from the Instax Wide 300.

The Instax Wide 300 is a major camera. It measures 3.8 by 4.8 inches (HWD) by 7.4 by 4.8 and weighs 1.4 pounds. With the shutter release at the end, it features an optical viewfinder, a prime lens, and a large handgrip. It is powered by 4 AA batteries and uses the film format Instax Wide.

Fujifilm Instax WIDE 300: Price

With each picture measuring 3.9 by 2.4 inches, Instax Wide is sold in packs of ten exposures (HW). It averages out to about $1.50 per shot at retail if you purchase film by the box, but you can often get it for less or minimize the cost by purchasing in bulk to about $0.80 per frame. If you enjoy the luxury of filming in black and white, the film is only provided in colour, which is a downer. Impossible, which produces film for antique Polaroid cameras, offers the instant film in black and white, but it is much more costly at around $3 per shot.

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