This vintage-inspired instant camera only requires film and creativity

The Escura Instant 60s strips photography down to the absolute essentials for a vintage-inspired camera that doesn’t need batteries. And if you don’t mind a little modern battery power, the camera can be paired with an external, off-camera flash with a matching vintage atheistic.

The Escura works without electronics, thanks to a traditional camera design and a hand crank to pop out the Instax Mini film. The Escura uses a minimalist control scheme with an option to switch between an f/8 and f/11 aperture, a shutter release and the option to switch from a 1/100 shutter speed to bulb for longer exposures. The camera does not even have a viewfinder, though that is one of the camera’s Kickstarter campaign stretch goals.

escura instant 60s kickstarter dsc09164The company says the camera produces instant images with saturated colors and soft vignetting using Instax Mini film. Like many instant film cameras, the focus is fixed.

While it’s not hard to find an instant camera, the Escura has an option for using an external flash, styled after a vintage flash gun. The flash is triggered using a shutter release to fire the camera at the same time. The flash also includes flash gels for adjusting the color of the light. Both the camera and flash use a design inspired by the 1960s.

The Escura comes after a six-year hiatus from the brand Carbon, which launched the One Mini in 2012, modeled after the Polaroid SX-70. The brand is part of Graphics Guides Design Company, a company based in Hong Kong.

The Escura isn’t quite ready for shipping yet, however — the company is taking to Kickstarter to raise the final funds necessary for improve the lens and finalize the prototype. Early backers willing to take the Kickstarter risk may be able to get the camera for about $48, which is about 25 percent off the expected list price, or $67 with the flash. 

If the project is successful, the company aims to ship the camera in February and March. While the Escura isn’t the brand’s first camera, it is the brand’s first Kickstarter project. The campaign aims to raise about $38,250 by November 28 through crowdfunding.

Home Theater

4K movies get downgraded to regular HD on iTunes — and no one knows why

Harry Potter, The Matrix, and a number of other films that normally stream at 4K resolutions on iTunes are currently playing in 1080p HD only, although there are ways around the glitch if you know where to look.
Movies & TV

These are the best movies on Hulu right now (May 2019)

From dramas to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Podcasts

Vampire Batman? Another Matrix movie? Rick and Morty season 4

On this week's show, we'll talk about Robert Pattinson's potential casting as the new Batman in the upcoming solo film. We'll also discuss Rick and Morty news, talk of a fourth Matrix film, the Game of Thrones finale, and more.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now (May 2019)

Amazon Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be a major undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1 vs. Canon EOS R: A full-frame mirrorless matchup

The Canon EOS R and Panasonic Lumix S1 both represent their company's first attempts at full-frame mirrorless cameras, and each manufacturer brought different competencies to the table. Here's how to two high-end camera compare.
Photography

Lightroom adds first new slider in 4 years and will teach you how to use it

Say hello to Lightroom's first new slider in four years, the texture slider. The update joins new in-app learning tutorials, one of the company's most requested features. The updates also include batch editing for Lightroom mobile.
Product Review

DJI's dual-screen Osmo Action is a serious attempt to dethrone GoPro

With two screens, screw-on filters, and a very GoPro-like user interface, DJI's first real action camera takes a stab at dethroning the king. And it just might succeed.
Deals

The Dragon Touch Vision 3 action cam is an affordable GoPro alternative

In the arena of action cameras, GoPro has long held a firm grasp on the top spot. Now, thanks to GoPro alternative Dragon Touch, which is currently on Amazon for just $50, you have a more affordable choice.
Photography

DJI’s waterproof Osmo Action camera to take on GoPro with two LCD screens

DJI is expanding into new territory with the Osmo Action, a waterproof action camera with both front and rear LCD screens and electronic image stabilization. Shooting up to 4K at 60 fps, it could be enough to take on GoPro -- and win.
Social Media

Save me: How to download Instagram photos from any device

Browsing photos in Instagram is one thing, but saving them is another. Until recently, it wasn't easy to get your pics and data off the 'gram and saved elsewhere, but now you can download Instagram photos with just a few clicks.
Photography

Eye autofocus is here for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. So just how good is it?

Nikon's new mirrorless cameras are getting a boost thanks to firmware version 2.0, which adds eye-detection autofocus, expanded low-light autofocus, and autoexposure for high-speed continuous shooting to the Z 6 and Z 7.
Photography

Photographer sues Ariana Grande after she posts his images of her on Instagram

A professional photographer is suing Ariana Grande after she posted photos on Instagram that he'd taken of her. Grande used the post to promote one of her albums, but the photographer says she used the photos without permission.
Social Media

Instagram ditches plans for stand-alone Direct messaging app

Instagram is shuttering it's stand-alone messaging app, Direct, after testing it since 2017. While the messaging features remain intact inside Instagram, the separate app will be discontinued in the next few weeks.
Social Media

6 easy ways to archive all of your favorite Instagram videos

Saving Instagram videos should be just as easy as taking a screenshot. So, we've put together a list of the best apps and tools that save your favorite Instagram videos onto your phone or computer.