Lomography Lomo'Instant review

Instant photos from the loveable retro Lomo brand

Lomography Lomo'Instant

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Using the Lomo Instant is part skill and, at least when you first start using it, part luck and educated guesswork.

The best results come when you're shooting outdoors in bright, sunny light, so it can be quite a fun way to get some interesting and unique holiday snaps. Indoors, results are a little more varied, but with the flash you can still get some good images.

Lomography Lomo'Instant sample shot

In good light, photos from the Lomo Instant can be fun and quirky

Lomography Lomo'Instant sample image

The portrait lens filter can be attached to give an equivalent focal length of 35mm.

Lomography Lomo'Instant sample image

Use the fisheye attachment to create images like this.

Lomography Lomo'Instant sample image

In lower light, results are a bit more varied.

The focusing system is actually not too bad for a camera like this, and by adjusting the exposure compensation you alter the aperture, which has an effect on depth of field. In good light with a narrow aperture, most of the scene will be in good focus – it's close-ups that take a little more getting used to and estimating.

Be prepared to spend a lot of time getting to know the quirks of the camera, as well as experimenting with different effects such as long exposures or multiple exposures. This is all great fun, but of course, it costs you every time you make a mistake.

We liked

With all the fun of the instant nature of digital thanks to the print it produces, but with the guesswork, trial and error and plain old fashioned fun of an analog, the Lomo Instant helps remind you why you started taking pictures in the first place.

We disliked

Be prepared to plough a fair amount of money into film, at least at first, while you get to know the quirks of the camera. It can be pretty frustrating wasting a shot knowing you only have a limited number before you need to invest in a new pack of film.

Final Verdict

Ultimately, for a camera which is just a bit of fun, it's quite expensive – and that's just the price of buying the camera in the first place. You only get 10 shots per pack of film, so that cost soon mounts up too. For fans of instant, Lomo or analog photography though, it's definitely worth a look.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.