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I got my hands on a camera with printing capabilities called the ‘myFirst Camera Insta’ (11,580 yen). It's a cute looking camera for kids, but I found it interesting and different from DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and even smartphone cameras, and I want to tell you about it.
The myFirst Camera Insta is an instant camera that uses a cash register roll and can print out black and white photos on the spot. It can also be used as a digital camera by inserting an SD card, and still images can be taken up to 8M (3264 x 2488). I enjoyed printing after a long time and made a work called "border".
Perhaps it's the simplicity of the camera's ability to not change exposure, sensitivity, or aperture that makes it an essential camera that allows you to focus solely on facing the subject. I feel that setting restrictions has broadened my ideas and the range of expression as a photographer.
The first and foremost thing in photography is to encounter the "moment" and not to miss it. This camera may be very suitable for training the sensitivity to capture such moments. If you give this camera to a child, he or she will probably take pictures with sensitivity and not think about difficult things. Adults, when they own a camera, will think about difficult things, so using a camera as simple as this one to create simple expressions will create a new sensibility.
The smartphone generation takes it for granted that they take pictures with a digital camera and share them on the screen, and printing and sharing photos is a rather new experience for them. The act of printing, which is different from a smartphone, is the original experience that makes the camera fun to use.
Because of this circumstance this year, we've been spending a lot of time at home and with family. Maybe it's a good idea to capture those days in photographs, print them out, and share them with everyone to enjoy a nostalgic and new experience. The fact that the photos are printed on thermal paper, and that they will disappear over time, is also nice and ephemeral. It's really a nostalgic photographic experience.
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