Why are Film Point-and-Shoots So Popular?

Photography, like anything, has its trends that rise and fall, seemingly at random. Except it never is at random, and the latest trend of film point-and-shoot cameras has seen a surge in the last few years.

If, just a few years ago, your parent or grandparent offered you their old film point-and-shoot camera from the early 90s, you might take it to see what it can do, but you wouldn't think much of it. I collect cameras from all eras, sometimes to use, sometimes to display, so I would likely have gladly taken a Contax T3, but it's nothing to get excited about. Or is it?

The Contax T3 looks like the small, gray plastic brick you are likely used to seeing stuffed into garage boxes and for sale for pennies at a yard sale. But thanks to the likes of Kendall Jenner, Frank Ocean, and other painfully cool influencers, the Contax T3 (and T2) have seen a rise to prominence. A mint condition T3 will now likely set you back $2,400 or more. Don't get me wrong, for a 90s film point-and-shoot, it has a strong spec, particularly with the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm on the front. But those in the upper echelons of society have adopted the aesthetic and found enjoyment in shooting with the simple body. It certainly has a "look" and point and shoots can be fun by virtue of their simplicity.

Have you used a film point-and-shoot? Do you like them?

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10 Comments

El Dooderino's picture

I like point-and-shoots. I almost always have my Canon G7X MkII with me.

I have no idea why the film ones are so popular.

Richard Robinson's picture

Get someone else to do your presentations. Dude is dry asf and boring. Get someone who gets straight to the point.
Geeez !!!

Fish Bug's picture

Most of Vuhlandes's videos function as a vlog. this wasn't a presentation by FStoppers, they just reposted Vuh's video

Jan Holler's picture

Give us a break, please! The word boring is not adequate to describe this video. That guy just bubbles some profane statements. He is so bored to do this video, but hell, somehow money has to drop in.

That said: Please stop posting boring and annoying videos of others. I'd prefer less but better content.

John Tal's picture

Where is the other 90% of this article? Only talking about Contax? No mention of lomography? No stats around the resurgence in film sales? Was this just an idea jotted down on a napkin and thrown too quickly into an article?

Royan Descartes's picture

so many disrespectful comments because yall thought the the article was "boring". wow. smh.

jim hughes's picture

It's hard to get anyone to look at your phone photos anymore. But you can still wave a print in their face. No one is impressed by inkjet prints, but if it looks like a glossy darkroom product, it gets appreciated.

Petr Svitil's picture

As someone who has a small darkrpom at home, i can confirm this 😁😁

jim hughes's picture

I envy you! And people's enjoyment of darkroom prints is real. An object and a process...

Lukasz Braszka's picture

I hope the rise in film popularity will eventually lead to one good contemporary film p&s release that won't cost much.