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The Jollylook Is The First Cardboard Instant Camera & People Love It

The Jollylook is a simple fold out camera made entirely from recycled paper and cardboard that's just got backed over on Kickstarter.

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The Jollylook

The Jollylook is a vintage-inspired fold out camera that uses Fujifilm Instax Mini film but unlike other modern instant cameras, this one's made completely from recycled paper and cardboard. 

You won't find any electronics inside the Jollylook, just some paper, a pair of lenses and a cartridge for the film to sit in. It's also rather compact, with the bellow designed camera only sitting as tall as an iPhone box. 


There are four shooting modes on the Jollylook: landscape, group, portrait and macro and 8 aperture options: f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/45, f/64 and pinhole. The camera captures close-up photos from 50cm and double exposures are also possible along with photos with longer shutter speeds thanks to the manually operated shutter which you can hold in for as much or as little time as you like. If you prefer to use the automatic settings, there are 1/250 and 1/160 shutter speeds available. The Meniscus lens has a focal length of 110mm. 

To operate the camera, pull out the viewfinder, look through it and press the shutter button - simple. To retrieve your photo, you turn a handle and rollers break a capsule with the processing liquid inside to start the developing process. 



The team behind the camera said the hardest part was designing the shutter as no existing structure worked for Jollylook so they had to create one from scratch. After several tests, the final design was born which consists of four pieces of thick paper and two small circular rubber bands. 


Jollylook Instant Camera Sample Photos


If you think the Jollylook is rather cool, you can be one of the first to receive one by backing the project over on Kickstarter where the project has already overtaken its pledged goal of $15,000. Just remember you have to use it in dry weather! 

Jollylook specifications:

  • Meniscus lens with a focal length of 110mm
  • Fresnel lens viewfinder
  • Aperture - a switchable diaphragm with manual adjustment for the seven values: f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22, f/32, f/45, f/64 + pinhole
  • Shutter - automatic with shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/160 and manual shutter mode with the possibility to control the exposure time manually
  • Pinhole - a round hole in a copper foil 0.6 mm (0.023 in) in diameter, located on the diaphragm disk
  • Storage conditions - store in a dry and dark place at room temperature
  • Use at temperatures between 10 - 35 ºC (50 -95 °F) in dry weather
  • Size when folded 85 x 127 x 48mm
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film cartridge

If you're an instant photography fan, you should also check out our top instant cameras round-up which we updated earlier this week. 


Jollylook Instant Camera Photos of Equipment



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dwilkin 16 24.3k United Kingdom
1 Feb 2017 10:09AM
Looks like a lot of fun - I'm in!

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