Lomo’Instant Automat Glass review
Lomography offers a selection of different instant cameras to fit each of Instax’s print sizes, along with an almost overwhelming set of different colour and design options.
We’ve tested the Automat Glass Magellan, which comes in a pretty snazzy black and neon orange setup, but you can find the Automat model in a variety of other designs on Amazon.
It’s pretty clear that Lomography’s focus is on people who are pretty serious about photography, and while this has some great point-and-shoot options, to get the most out of it you’ll want to play around a bit more.
It comes with a 38mm wide-angle lens with an f/4.5 aperture, but thanks to the standard lens threading you’ll be able to attach other lenses – for example, the included close-up lens, designed for photos at a range of 10cm.
The Automat uses Instax Mini prints, and captures impressive detail in portrait and landscape shots, but struggles a bit more in close-ups. Low-light photos aren’t great either – even with brightness adjustments, typically the flash either washes the photo out or fails to light it properly.
There’s a selfie mirror on the front of the body, but unhelpfully it’s built into the shutter button – so the moment you try and take the photo you lose sight of yourself, somewhat defeating the purpose. It’s the wrong orientation for the camera too, which seems a daft oversight.
Where this Lomography camera excels is when you get into more complex shots. The bulb mode is one of the best around, allowing you to expose the film for up to 30 seconds, while this is also the only camera we’ve seen with multiple exposure (as opposed to double), letting you expose the film unlimited times before choosing to print.
SHOULD I BUY LOMOGRAPHY AUTOMAT GLASS MAGELLAN?
Entry level users are unlikely to get the most out of the Automat, and might find it pretty overwhelming at first. But if you’re looking for an instant camera that gives you more complex features to play around with – and think you know how to make the most of them – the Automat offers an awful lot for the price.