Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat Glass

Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat Glass
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Instax Mini Format | 21mm equiv. F4.5 (Automat Glass) | Auto exposure control with exposure compensation

What we like:

  • Stylish
  • Small and light
  • Offers exposure compensation
  • Cool creative modes
  • Widest angle lens of any Mini model

What we don't:

  • Pricey
  • Runs on CR2 batteries
  • Heavy vignetting in photos
The Lomo'Instant Automat Glass is a premium camera making use of the Instax Mini format and offering the widest field of view on any instant camera: 21mm equiv. It's also one of the very few instant cameras with real glass lens elements. It's body-design and feature set is identical to the original Lomo'Instant Automat.
Small in size, the Automat's lens does not fully retract, making it a tad awkward to fit in a pocket. The build quality is excellent though - the 'Magellan' version we tested has a nice rubber texture wrap on the hard plastic body. The shutter button is on the front and doubles as a selfie mirror, but we found the camera little awkward to grip with one hand due to its boxy design. It's powered by two CR2 batteries, which should provide juice for up 50 frames (5 film packs).
If you're after a wide angle instant, the Automat Glass is an option we like a lot
Features included a multi exposure mode with no limit on the number of exposures as well as a 'bulb' mode. The camera also ships with a remote trigger that doubles as a lens cap (we were a little afraid of losing it). The Automat Glass includes an additional close-up attachment lens. It also ships with color filter gels as well as a ‘Splitzer’ attachment for split multi-exposure images. Ten LED lights on the camera body indicate the number of shots remaining.
The camera automatically adjusts shutter speed, aperture and flash output for each shot - there is no way to control flash output, which we often found too powerful (max range of 13 m / 42.7 ft). You can use exposure compensation to brighten or darken your shot, and you can choose to use the flash or turn it off. Focus is achieved through a simple 3-zone focus system. The available zones are: 0.6 m (2 ft), 1 m (3.2 ft) and 2 m (6.4 ft). Focus is controlled by rotating the front lens ring element, though its easy to forget to set your zone ahead of time. Heavy vignetting is par for the course with this camera, which some may like.
If you're after a wide angle instant, the Automat Glass is really your only option and it's one we like a lot. But if you are OK with a slightly tighter field of view (closer to 35mm equiv.), you can find other instant cameras that are just as easy to use, for less money.
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