Astrophotography with a film camera: Is it possible?

Nikon film camera and rolls of 35mm film in front of a starry backdrop taken with a film camera


Astrophotography with a film camera is as fascinating and rewarding as photographing the night sky with a mirrorless or DSLR camera. But you must carefully choose your camera equipment to get sharp and colorful results. The best cameras for astrophotography offer the latest digital imaging technology, enabling you to push the ISO to extremes and shoot in low light without getting unusable levels of noise in your images. They’re also versatile enough for daytime shooting, so you get more value from your camera purchase.

Digital cameras have the latest features, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only option. Film cameras and analog photography have had a real resurgence in popularity in the last few years, beloved for their retro style and vintage appeal. Can you take astrophotography with a film camera? Yes. But you’ll have to put more thought, planning, effort, and care into your shoot.