It was Polaroid's last gasp before its bankruptcy.  In 1999, Polaroid introduced an integral film camera that gave you a tiny photo almost the same size of a 35mm negative. It was a big hit for the "on-the-go" teens for whom this camera was heavily marketed.  In fact, the I-Zone probably single handedly kept Polaroid out of Chapter 11 for a few extra years.

However, the on-the-go teens got up and left....not taking their I-Zones with them.  They moved on to greener and more digital pastures.  Polaroid abandoned the I-Zone camera and I-Zone film in 2006.  SInce then, these inovative cameras drifted into junk drawers and thrift shops all across the world.  

The current state of the I-Zone:

1.  Camera and film has been discontinued.

2.  Legacy film has gone bad in the classic integral film way...dried up developing goop.

3.  I-Zone.com forwards directly to the new Polaroid.com where you find very little information on the I-Zone camera.

4.  The camera is easily bought used at thrift shops and auction sites and even new from Amazon (the non-availability of the film is glossed over).

5.  Fuiji and Impossible Project folks have not indicated that they will take up the I-Zone film banner.  This leaves your I-Zone in paperweight mode permanently.....or has it?

In this Instructable we will attempt to get your I-Zone camera off its lazy butt and start making exposures again by converting it to use APS photographic film.

Is it worth it?  Probably not, but I never have let that stop me before!

Step 1: Camera Overview

The I-Zone is a fun and handy camera that produced a tiny integral print with a crazy decorated boarder that could be trimmed.  Some stock had sticker adhesive on the back so they could be used to decorate most surfaces.

The lens is a single element miniscus plastic lens at maybe 50mm.  The flash fires on all exposures with the flash power controlled by a sensor next to the lens.  The aperture is controlled by a selector lever that also turns the camera flash system on.  The stops are waterhouse stops in front of the lens.  The stops are Outside Sunny (f 34.5), Outside Cloudy (f 12.5), and Inside (f 10).  The shutter speed is fixed at 1/125 sec.  The focus is fixed and optimized for 2-6 feet (normal flash range).  One you make an exposure, the camera automatically turns off saving battery power.  The image is pulled out the right side of the camera through the rollers and develops like any other integral film format.

The camera evolved to keep the "short attention span" target audience interested.  A rainbow of colors with interchangable accent plates can be found.  A thinner version also made it possible to put in a shirt pocket (about the size of a pocket instamatic). Finally the I-Zone 200 came out that took a different type of film. 
<p>I just listed 19 packs of film on ebay if anyone is interested.</p><p>http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/162194810017?</p>
If someone wants them for this conversion or a conversation piece...fine. However, Even under ideal storage conditions, those film packs are long dead for their original purpose. They will not produce an image.
Omg!! Please someone tell me that you have extra films... pretty please! I had an iZone camera since the 1990's and now my daughter found it laying around and wants to use it. Anyobe that might have extra new films please email me.. pp ready. :) Thanks in advamce. GB
I found one at my house =o cartdrige
<p>HELP! I just found my Izone camera, does anyone know where I can find unused cartridges for this fun little camera this many years later? If so please contact me on facebook. </p>
I got one if you want. Were you from?
<p>Do you still have extra cartridges? Also would it be possible to do something similar with 35mm film?</p>
<p>Hi! Does anyone have an extra used cartidge? thanks</p>
<p>OMG please tell me you have more empty cartridges for the poor likes of me?! I just found my old iZone camera! email me at smadaakkire at gmail dot com</p>
<p>Any projects available for i-zone 200?</p>
if i don't have a Empty I-Zone film cartridge what can i use?
An empty one is the preferred method. I have plenty. I can send you one if you e-mail me your address.
<p>Hi, can you send me some film however I'm here in the Philippines... contact me at michaele.angellite.hovermale@gmail.com</p>
<p>I know this is a long shot... but you don't happen to have any cartiges left?</p>
<p>Yes, still have some. Dead iZone film still inside. If you send me your address, I can send via mail. Cheers</p>
<p>Hi can you send me one too?</p>
<p>Probably, just e-mail me your mailing address!</p>
Hello, i was wondering what email to send my address to?
<p>Hi, do you have film for this camera? Or did I misunderstand you guys? </p>
I'm too far in Mexico, I'm gonna try with a plastic little box, what do you think?
<p>Do you still have any film left? That would be so majestic! Thanks :)</p>
hello i was wondering what you email was?
Hey! Could you whip up a vid on how to do this? Thanks
I know this post was a while ago, but is it possible that you have 1 more empty cartridge to send to me?
Confused! Theres no sub for this film but you are chatting about using APS for it? Excited at the prospect that I could use this izone again. Any chance i could be run through exactly the process? Thanks
I've tried my best to document the process here in this instructable. APS film however is on its way out. Production was stopped in 2011. I've been kicking around the idea of modifying the iZone for 35mm film or at least being able to slit 35mm unperf film down to that size.<br><br>Anyway, if you need any help with your project, let me know. I'd be more than willing to help.
I could use one of those empty cartridges if you wouldn't mind sending me one! Where can I email you my address?
Finally, I can make my i-Zone useful again. I recently found it in my attic, dismayed at the golden-brown film I had left over. Thankfully, I kept an empty cartridge. As soon as I get some APS film, I'll try this.
It is a lot of fun. Make sure when you get your film processed, you tell them to develop only. Or not, their computer will have a tough time figuring out where the images are though. I just scan at home where a human is in charge.
Right, gotcha. I have a nice flatbed and was considering just scanning my negatives. Whenever I bring a 35mm roll from my Holga to get developed, I ask for a CD and it's always incompatible with my computer (always works on all the others...). Just getting the negatives would be cheaper and easier I guess.<br><br>Anyway, I've got some APS to find. I've never actually heard of it until recently, as I'm delving into film photography. Still gotta find an empty 124 cartridge for my Instamatic 104 for the 35mm conversion.
I had one of these, but when I ran out of film (and realized that there wasn't much I could do with postage-stamp sized photos) I just scrapped it for the flash circuitry. Great to see one put to good use. :-) Nice work!

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