First up, I want to talk about all the Instax color films such as Mini, Wide, and Square.
I am combining these together because I have found, as far as colors and appearance goes, all three of these films look very similar.
The only difference other than their physical sizes is the clarity of the images based on what camera/printer you are using.
Here’s a size comparison of the different Instax films available:
All three film packs have such beautiful colors, and I find are as true to life as an instant film can get.
The colors are very natural and rich with solid contrast, while the Polaroid films have a more artistic, vintage look to them.
Overall, I have found that anything photographed straight out of the camera will have that very soft and film-like appearance that instant film is known for, whereas if you print your images with the Instax mobile printer or the Instax Square SQ20 you will have a lot more clarity and sharpness within your images.
Something to keep in mind when starting your instant film journey!
Let us jump into Polaroid film. The three films we will talk about are the original Color 600 film, the color i-Type film, and the B&W 600 film.
Polaroid 600 and i-Type film are both the same size. Polaroid also just came out with Polaroid Go film, which is quite a bit smaller than the standard Polaroid film, and even smaller than the Instax Mini film.
We don’t have image examples with the Polaroid Go yet, but here is a size comparison with all of the Instax films and the Polaroid films.
Just like with the Instax Wide 300 Black & White, this was my first time using the Polaroid version, and I will be honest, I am a bit mad at myself for how long it took me to shoot this film, because it is stunning.
This Polaroid film is everything I love in a black & white image; it has a very matte appearance with a beautiful warmth to it.
Compared to the Instax black & white, it has a lot more depth and contrast to it. I used my Polaroid printer, and I might have my cart filled with more packs because oh my gosh!
Polaroid Camera vs Printer
All three Polaroid film packs have that soft, almost blurry, appearance that Polaroid and instant films are known for.
Very much like the Instax film, the Polaroid film packs seem to have a bit more clarity and sharpness when used with a printer rather than a Polaroid camera which I find looks a lot more natural when done with the Polaroid printer.
A Side-By-Side Comparison
And lastly, what would a comparison post be without all the different film packs, scanned side by side.
These are all the different films, taken in the same place (which is my very boring backyard) so you can get an idea of how all these film packs vary!
Well, that is it for me friends. Let me know what instant film you have been shooting lately. I always love chatting film and adore seeing everyone’s work!