Instagram Concept Camera

The Instagram Socialmatic camera. It’s only a concept, but it’s still pretty cool. Antonio De Rosa created this concept out of curiosity over Facebook’s massive purchase of Instagram. Check out some of the desired features below, but first let’s connect.

Socialmatic is the first Instagram photo camera and it would even have its own OS called InstaOS. Here are some of the hoped for features:
– 16 GB mass storage
– Wifi and Bluetooth
– 4:3 touchscreen
– 2 main lenses: first for capture, second for 3D filters, webcam applications and QR Code capturing
– Optical zoom
– LED Flash
– Internal printer to make your Instagram photos real
– Paper cartridge with Instagram Paper Sheets
– Dedicated 4 colors ink tanks
– InstaOS 1.0, the operating system built by Facebook and Instagram

If you want you can print it directly on Instagram Paper Sheets, thanks to the internal printer. Also every Instagram photo printed from the camera has the persons Instagram username and a QR code pointing to their Instagram account.

29 Comments Leave A Comment


Giusto says:

May 9, 2012 at 8:22 am

I dig the idea … but, I don’t like that it resembles an iPhone. I dislike the the metal parameter; it’s slippery. It’s a concept – get crazy with the design. Don’t imitate.


@davehardy says:

May 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

The idea is a lot of fun, and captures the spirit of Instagram. The internal printer seems very impractical, but that’s ok… we’re allowed to dream!

In the end I’d stick with my iPhone, but this would certainly be a tempting purchase to make.


Fernando says:

May 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

Why the hell it has the design of an iPhone? C’mon people, WAKE UP! iPhone design is not the best design ever created.


mg33 says:

May 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

I think it’s a bit silly. Probably fun to concept out, but it seems very pointless to me.

1. I have a cell phone that I can use to take photos, manipulate with instagram and other photo apps, post to Flickr, social networking sites, etc.
2. I also have two other digital cameras already.
3. If I really want to print instagram photos, there are numerous ways to do that.
4. They REALLY expect people to take photos, print them, and stick them to an object near the place they took the photos?
5. How is that going to fit in my pocket?


Brian Park says:

May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

I for one think an iPhone homage is kind of necessary in an Instagram concept camera. You don’t see obnoxious numbers of design students filling their Tumblrs with Instagram photos they took on their Blackberries…


marva says:

May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am

that vision of an instagram camera just crossed my mind today!!! hope it will come true eventually :-)


Vic says:

May 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

One of the things I like about Instagram is shooting incognito with my iPhone. Specifically with shooting random people on the street. Pulling this thing out while riding the subway doesn’t appeal to me.


Jakub says:

May 9, 2012 at 12:42 pm

SOmeone get the Kickstarter going to see how many people would actually buy in, i’m in if its under $400


Swade says:

May 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I agree with Brian. I’m not sure how a homage to the iPhone slipped passed all those ragging on it. It’s a free app that originated on iPhone. Why not pay homage to it? I think it is a cool new take on the polaroid camera with a concept that is still growing in size. I bet it will make money if it is put into production (which is probably one of the biggest goals).


Scott Warburton says:

May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Agree with Brian Park above, the iPhone resemblance works since it was the original home of Insta. Love this concept, would love to see it come to fruition. Kickstart it up!!


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May 9, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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Hugo says:

May 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

Count me in with Brian & co: I think the iPhone attributes in the design are a nice hat tip to the heritage of Instagram. Sure is a fun design exercise :)


Ra_life says:

May 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

What a lovely idea. I’d be tempted even if it was only an instagram printer, like a pogo that worked with the iPhone.


Alexander H. King says:

July 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Would a printing function be impractical? Probably.

If you could actually pull it off would it be the greatest thing, ever? YES.



Flavio says:

July 31, 2012 at 4:12 am

Guess it’s unlikely you could squeeze a printer in that little space, i’d accept to have a plug-in appendix to carry around if a device like that was made.


reneth panganiban says:

September 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

where can you buy an instagram concept camera???
cause i want to own one……
cause i want to be a photographer …… someday
…. can you help me????


Antonio says:

October 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

i think it’s a decent deal,but i dont think its worth traidng my 3rd gen, the still camera was the reason i wanted to trade,i put all my pics on my pc,if i was gonna use the vid cam it would be worthwhile,oh well,thanx 4 your help.