What Film To Use With Polaroid® and Impossible™ Cameras?

Impossible currently produces 5 distinct instant film formats. Some are cross-compatible and some are not. The best way to tell which type of film your camera uses is to open the film door and look for a sticker which indicates the appropriate film type. The possibilities are: 600, SX-70, Spectra, I-Type, and 8x10 format. All film types are briefly outlined below. If you can't find a definitive answer, please send us a photo of your camera before making a purchase and we can assist you in selecting the correct film: service@the-impossible-project.com

 

 600-Type Film

  • Compatible camera types:

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Your camera may differ in design or appearance from the models above. You can check the correct film type for your camera by opening the camera door. Here you will find a sticker indicating "600" type film. 600-Type is the most popular / common film type. The majority of cameras will have a number in the 600-series in the name (ex: Sun660, LM630, SLR680 etc.). Note: 600-type film can be used in Impossible cameras (ILU, I-1) as well. 

 

 SX-70-Type Film

  • Compatible camera types:

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Your camera may differ in design or appearance from the models above. You can check the correct film type for your camera by opening the camera door. There should be a blue and yellow sticker which indicates "SX-70" type film. All folding-type cameras (excepting the 680/690 SLR models) use SX-70-type film.

Cross-compatibility note: You may also use 600-type film in your SX-70 camera. This necessitates the installation of an Neutral Density (ND) filter adapter, to account for the difference in film speed. Impossible ND Filter: sold here - Installation Instructions: available here. 

 

Spectra (or Image) Film

  • Compatible camera types:

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Your camera may differ in design or appearance from the models above. You can check the correct film type for your camera by opening the camera door. There should be a sticker labelled either Image or Spectra which indicates "Image/Spectra" type film. This film format is distinctly landscape dimensions; 3.5" x 2.9", as opposed to the square format of most Polaroid & Impossible film formats.

 

I-Type Film

  • compatible only with Impossible camera types.

Impossible created the I-Type film for use exclusively with new Impossible cameras. The important (and only) difference between 600-type and I-type is the absence of a battery inside the film cartridge. This means that I-type film is not compatible with vintage Polaroid cameras. New Impossible cameras have a built-in rechargeable battery and therefore do not require that the film cartridge itself has a battery. This translates into less expensive film for the customer and less environmental waste for the planet.

Cross-compatibility note: All 600 type film will also work inside Impossible cameras (Impossible I-1, Instant Lab, Instant Lab Universal). 

 

8x10 Film

The largest instant film format available gives you finely rendered detail, gorgeous color tones and high levels of contrast. Made mostly by hand in Monheim, DE and Enschede, NL. Professional photographers use the format to achieve results not possible on any other type of film.

 

Didn't find what you were looking for? Please try a new search on the FAQ, you may find the correct film by searching with the name / reference of your camera. Please don't hesitate to contact service@the-impossible-project.com if you are still uncertain or have any further questions before making your purchase.

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