Funded: The Lomo Instant Automat


Lomo has another instant camera using Fuji Instax Mini Prints. This time, it has auto exposure and it is called the Automat.

It is good to see that the analog instant sheet film is still alive but it probably isn't a great thing since you have the instant equivalent in the form of a Zink print for digital cameras. Yes, I have a instax mini, the first generation that is about 16 years old. It still works like a charm though I don't use it much. The problem with instant film is that it is expensive, and when you have a instant film camera that uses Zink prints, that is cheaper and equally convenient to have with you. 

Anyway, this isn't the first time Lomo has come out to support the Instax Mini revolution. And the Automat shares the same credentials as the Lomo Instant. It comes with both a wide angle and zoom lens attachments. 

The automat is fully funded on kickstarter as we speak, and I do not think it needed it. Kickstarter is for newbies wanting to launch a new invention and get the necessary crowdfunding. 

Lomo on the other hand, makes the cameras and test the market with a Kickstarter campaign for added publicity. They don't really need crowdfunding to know that there are enough people out there willing to double down on one of their new cameras. 

  • Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini 
  • Exposure Area: 62mm x 46mm 
  • Shutter Speed: Bulb (maximum 30 seconds), 8s-1/250 (Auto Mode)
  • Aperture: f/8, f/22 
  • Exposure Compensation: +1/-1 Exposure Values (Ambient Exposure)
  • Film Ejection Mechanism: Motorized
  • Multiple Exposures: Unlimited 
  • Built-in Flash Guide Number: 9 (m) 
  • Built-in Flash: Automatic Flash & Flash Off Mode
  • Zone Focusing Setting: 0.6m / 1-2m / infinite 
  • Tripod Mount: Yes 
  • Remote Control: 2 sensors (one at the front, one at the back), transmission via Infrared 
  • Film Counter: LED indication, counting down 
  • Battery Supply: 2 x CR2 batteries (2 x 3V) 
  • Remote Control Battery Supply: 1 x CR1632 (3V)
  • Remote Control Effective Range: Sunshine: 1-2m. Indoor: 5m. 
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 43mm

On another note, Fujifilm, the manufacturers of the original Instax cameras, have also released a monochrome instant print in the Instax Mini format. Not sure if it will be a hit but it would be nice to have for a change.