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A Portable Darkroom For The Smartphone Era

By Joseph Cha on September 25th 2013

When’s the last time you held a polaroid? Or a better question, when’s the last time you held a polaroid camera? Most likely your answer is “not in a really long time” or maybe even “never” depending on what decade you were born in. The guys over at Impossible have made it possible to make polaroids straight from your iPhone.


From Impossible:

The Impossible Instant Lab transforms any digital image into a real, unique analog instant photo via your iPhone or iPod touch. Simply select any photo from your iPhone, place it on the Instant Lab and within seconds it ejects your analog photo, ready to develop in front of your eyes. Works with iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 4th generation. iPhone not included. Film is not included.

Product Specifications

  • Optical System: 4 element coated glass lens, wide-angle
  • Focal length 149.6mm
  • Micro-processor-controlled film processing unit
  • Rechargable Li-Ion battery 7.4V / 2.33VAh(Wh), 300 mAh
  • USB Power Adapter
  • Free iOS app for photo exposure (download from iTunes App Store)
  • Dimensions (metric): collapsed 148mm long x 111mm wide x 62mm tall; expanded 176mm tall
  • Dimensions (imperial): collapsed 5.8″ long x 4.3″ wide x 2.4″ tall; expanded 6.9″ tall
  • Weight: 460g (including cover plate)/ 16oz (including cover plate)
  • Works with iPhone 4/4S/5 and iPod Touch 4th and 5th generation
  • Uses Impossible Instant Color and Black and White Film
  • Protective Microfiber Pouch
  • Printed Quick Start Manual in English
  • Printed User Manual in 8 languages
  • Do-it-yourself Photo-Stand
  • Do-it-yourself Postcard
  • “Creative Techniques” Flyer
  • “Who is Impossible” Flyer
  • Discount code for first film order

The Impossible Instant Black Lab is Available for $299



I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

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