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Polaroids are back, people.

Posted on 39 2

By Hanafi Kaka | Resident Techie

Here’s something crunchy you are yet to bite into in your giant kebab; polaroids are back. Or have they always been around but just seemed too…I don’t know…like something the dinosaurs chewed and spat out?

Either way, Fujifilm have this little thing they describe as having a “Cute body packed with useful features”. It probably does forty sit-ups every morning, because even its curves aren’t thaaat bad. It’s actually a polaroid camera. Instamini 25, they call it.

How this thing works, is it uses a film, but it’s actually digital (that matters, right?). You get it for 16,500/- with 10 free polaroid sheets, which will cost you 1,250/- when you buy them separately. And yes, you can take selfies with it. It has a tiny mirror just next to the lens that helps you make sure you don’t have greens caught in your teeth before you press the most important button on any camera.

But before you throw in a “nkt” or “msssschew,” because you’re digital now, and Instagram does everything for you, consider the beauty of history (I’m not bullshitting you, I promise). There’s something fancy about using a gadget that was the iPhone 6+ of its era. You could say it takes you back in time, when everything was just so much simpler. When you didn’t have to worry about filters and an online presence and all that yabadabadoo! And your phone didn’t try to always make you feel dumb, because a phone can do that. It gives you so much attitude sometimes, that you just want to return it back to its parents and ask for your dowry back.

This specific one I’m raving about varies in price depending on the model. There’s one going for 11,500/- at Sona Shop, Westgate, Ground Floor. You’ll meet a tall, dark fella there. He will say ‘nijae’ to you like he knows you from way-back-when you two used to sell Mugithi CD’s in the village. I forgot his name, but he’s a nice chap. He knows more about this polaroid camera than Fujifilm probably do. He loves it so much. The way he picked it from the shelf when I asked for a blue apple in photography tech, he carried it with both arms and placed it on the counter with a sad look on his face; like I was there to steal his precious baby from him.

That’s the thing about vintage techs, they feel like antiques you want everyone to know you have but you just won’t let them touch. You own a polaroid camera and you suddenly feel like a sage, like you have enough whisky flowing in your veins you couldn’t be bothered with things like Facebook tags and Trending Topics. Because you so epic you don’t even need a camera phone anymore.


39 Responses
  • immah

    good read

  • MwanaaReginah

    The font Biko,the font,

  • Nick

    Indeed vintage and classy…will check it out later…

  • Phanis Obwaya

    I see everyone is going vintage, even on tech.

  • Jackline

    Hehe I love it! The post just incase “it” got confused in translation

  • Koki Muthui

    Always good to remind ourselves where we are from lest we forget ourselves in the turmoil of change.

  • keenjoz

    What’s with everyone leaving you scrolling for more… What are you teaching these chaps #Bikozulu…
    Awesome read #Hanafi, you’re cooooool kid!

    • Gathoni

      Right on Njoki. Was just settling down comfortably then…poof!

      • Gathoni

        Sorry! Down is the correct one

    • Gathoni

      Right on Keenjoz. Was just settling down comfortably then…poof!

  • nelly


  • @clif_the_tall

    Worth checking it out, after NJAANUARY of course.

  • Annie

    Nice Hanafi.

  • Leah

    I was scrolling for more as always nice read Hanafi
    still trying to pronouce yabadabadoo’

  • David Osawa

    I have to pull an Oliver-Twist on this one. Please, sir, I want some more.

  • Silverliniing

    Sasa hii ni ya selfies tu? 🙁

  • abdullah omar

    truth be told hanif the words are beautiful the flow is smooth that i too like oliver i want some more just the words not the gadget!i still have my ramogi downtown and not for 11500

  • Megrachel Nyakio

    I so love the flow, wish it was a little bit longer. Or is my love for photography way too much? Nice read Hanafi Kaka, you should write more often.

  • penina muchiri

    I saaal get one and go for the Bunduz road trip 🙂

  • Miss bush

    Short but delivered the message. Vintage is the way to go

  • Cool read but I’ll stick with mine..I’m so not techno-savvy so most times I play it safe..Let the geeks and nerds “inherit the world.”

  • Risper

    very very nice read Hanafi. You’re realy good. keep up

  • eliani

    I juat developed a great desire for the gadget.wanna go vintage in technology too.

  • eliani

    I just developed a great desire for the gadget.wanna go vintage in technology too.

  • mf

    No. Curt Blanche. Not biko stuff. Sorry.

  • Ythera

    Great read Hanafi. I’ll look for it and take a photo for my birthday next month. Merci!

  • NjugunaNdichu

    I feel robbed! It’s like a dream about having bagged the sportpesa jackpot and the alarm brings you back to reality right before they hand over the cheque!
    Like seriously, where is the other half of this post??
    Great flow.

  • Pretty

    let them stay in the past

  • Kevin

    Nice one Kaka

  • Rhenadhis

    Hehehe Hanafi,you write well,really well but about that gadget,mmmmmhhhhh…..let bygones be bygones unless you are into collectibles and even so,11,500 just for some excuse of TBT…….smh! boss sioni

  • nyar_boma

    Love this piece!! I’ve always wanted a Polaroid! Why do they have to be so darn expensive?! Sponsor anyone? No? Okay :'(
    But if they are going to be a thing, I’ll let the buzz die down. Hehe…

    • Tech Man

      Nyar_boma did i here the word sponsor Yes am here but what are you bringing to the table you know this relationship has to be symbiotic Yes!!

  • Shi

    This is great!I think instant cameras truly ‘capture’ moments.

    A couple of months ago I sent some of my favourite pictures to a company that does polaroid prints; I loved the product. I am now saving up for an instant camera, although I want wide prints…Lomo ‘instant wide.
    nyar_boma I am also worried that it may become a fad

  • Claris

    I agree this is a must have,it has a uniqueness in it that you can’t say no to it…go vintage

  • rosalie

    shake it like a Polaroid picture,hey ya-outcast

  • Christine


  • Mtahini

    I have the original Polaroid Spectra. Where can I get the film in Kenya?

  • Elick Kanda

    Hahahaha just been thrown back to when i had all then time back then to.., nice memories

  • Kyle

    A nice read. Thanks

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