TIPS for a better use of the Instant Lab

The Instant Lab is not designed to and will not reproduce or copy digital images with no difference in color or contrast, but exposes your digital images onto analogue photographic material, and therefore will add the characteristics of instant materials (color shifts, change in contrast) to your exposures.


When you build up the tower of the device, make sure it’s extended completely to avoid exposure problems.

If you see black lines on your picture, the tower was not extended properly.


  • For best results, choose bright photos where the subject is well lit.

Generally, underexposed or overexposed images, e. g. images that are too dark or too bright, will not yield optimal results.


  • On the Choose Film screen, tap the subject of your photo to optimize exposure timing.

After you choose the film type, the app is set to a specific exposure time. Tapping on different area of your image causes the app the calculate a new exposure time based on the selected film and the brightness of the area you tapped.  You can override this setting either by choosing "Custom" in the film type selection and manually entering an expose time.


  • Make sure the correct film type is selected — this is crucial for a good exposure.

The app asks you to choose a type of film from the list below. The app will calculate a generic exposure time based on your selection.

  • Color 600 / PX680
  • B&W 600 / PX680
  • Color SX-70 / PX70
  • B&W SX-70 / PX70

These options match up with our range of film and are all compatible with the Instant Lab. Please note that we recommend the 600 films for use in the Instant Lab to get the best result.


  • You have just loaded a Color 600 Color frames film. You should choose the "Color 600 / PX680" option from the list.
  • You have just loaded a B&W SX-70 Black frame film. You should choose the "B&W SX-70 / PX70" option from the list.
  • You have just loaded a Color Impossible film. You should choose the "Color Impossible" option from the list.

(Our 600 and SX-70 films used to be called PX680 and PX70, respectively, before 2013.)


  • Make sure to shield the photo from light immediately after it is ejected.

The Instant Lab features a so called Impossible Film Shield. It protects the ejected image from light. Leave the image under the Impossible Film Shield for a couple of seconds, before removing the image from the Instant Lab and placing it upside down until the image is fully developed.

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