What type of instant film do I need?

What type of instant film do I need?

If you're asking, "What type of instant film do I need?" then you're not alone! There are so many kinds of instant cameras, and so many kinds of films for them, that making sure you get the right one isn't as easy as it might seem. 

And it's not just the instant cameras that use film; some of the best portable printers, such as the Polaroid Lab and Instax Mini Link, also employ the same photochemical process as instant cameras – so choosing the right instant film is, in effect, like choosing the right kind of printer paper.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.