If you’re a reader of a certain age, you may remember the fun and convenience of using an instant camera. The ability to take a photo and print it out a minute later is what really spurred our need for instant gratification. The rise of digital photography caused the popularity of instant cameras to wane, but now, both older and younger generations are contributing to the resurgence of instant cameras. As such, you might find yourself wanting to get in on the trend.
However, there are a lot of factors to consider before choosing the right one. Some instant cameras produce square photos, some provide wide photos, and some can do both. Also, some instant cameras have a selfie mirror to ensure you look just right in your photos. In addition, there are even apps available with some models – to help you edit the photos – while others have micro SD card slots, so you can both print and save your photos.
But which features are important to you? For example, if you’re just taking basic photos, you may not care about various types of borders and picture modes. But for other people, those features make instant cameras fun.
Cost is another factor to consider. A higher-end, more expensive camera will (presumably) last longer, but if you’re buying it for a kid or unsure of how often you’ll use the camera, you may not want to spend a lot of money on it. The actual film is yet another aspect to think about. Film for instant cameras can get expensive if you’re taking a lot of photos, so weigh that factor as well. (We’ve included links to the film used in each camera to help you factor in this cost.)
In addition, if you’re in the habit of taking a lot of photos, you’re going to go through a lot of film. A camera with a micro SD card may cost more, but it will allow you to look at the photos and determine which ones are worthy of printing out – and this can save you money in the long run. A card also allows you to keep a digital record of your photos, so they can be printed out or transferred as well.
We’ve had hands-on experience with the majority of cameras on this list. We’ve consulted with a few professional photographers, and researched credible reviews to help you find the best instant cameras for your needs.
Kids will love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, and it won’t put a dent in your budget. The camera is colorful (available in Sky Blue, Lilac Purple, Blush Pink, Charcoal Gray, and Ice White), and the simple design makes it easy for kids — and adults — to use. It features automatic exposure and has a built-in flash to ensure the right amount of light regardless of the level of lighting in the environment. There’s also a one-touch selfie mode – with a selfie mirror so you can see how you look before snapping the photo. In addition, there’s a customizable shutter button, and you can choose between using a jewel tone button or a glow-in-the-dark button.
The camera uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film, which is about the size of a credit card, and is available in packs of 20, 60, and 120. The film is available in White backgrounds, and also Black, Blue Marble, Monochrome, Pink Lemonade, Maracon, Rainbow, and Confetti backgrounds.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera is one of the most popular Fujifilm models, due in no small part to the camera’s classic look and feel. There’s a bulb mode, which allows the shutter to remain open for 10 seconds when the shutter button is pressed, and this results in unique nighttime photos. The double exposure mode lets you superimpose two images in one frame. In addition, the camera has a macro mode for close up shots, landscape mode for distant subjects, kids mode for subjects that move quickly, and party mode to highlight the background. Plus, the brightness control and high-performance flash help you to take photos like a pro.
The camera uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Film (the size of a credit card) which is available in packs of 20, 60, and 120. The various film backgrounds include White, Black, Blue Marble, Monochrome, Pink Lemonade, Maracon, Rainbow, and Confetti backgrounds.
The Lomo’Instant Wide Camera by Lomography is one of the most expensive instant cameras on our list. But let’s be honest: it also looks like the most expensive one — and it’s jam-packed with features. In addition to the 90mm built-in lens, it also has a close-up lens attachment, an ultra-wide-angle lens attachment, and a glass splitzer for merging two photos together. The camera features both automatic and creative shooting modes and has a fully programmatic shutter for those times when you don’t want to use the flash, as well as exposure compensation. The remote-control lens cap makes it easy to take group photos while staying in the shot. The camera also includes four color flash gels to add color and artistic effects to your photos.
The Lomo’Instant Wide Camera and Lenses uses Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Film (4.17” x 3.30”), available with either a Standard White or a Black Background in either 10 sheet or 20 sheet packs.
The Kodak Step Instant Print Digital Camera is packed with features. It is compatible with microSD cards up to 128 GB (and includes a microUSB charging cable), so you can not only print photos, but also save them. In addition, the camera has 6 picture modes: sepia, black and white, vibrant colors, bordered sepia, bordered black, and bordered vibrant colors. There’s also a magnetic lens cap to protect the lens from scratches. The camera powers on and off by raising or lowering the optical viewfinder. It also has a 10 second self-timer, and automatically adjusts in low lights.
The Kodak Step Instant Print Digital Camera is available in two colors: Black and White. It uses Kodak 2” x 3” Premium Zink Photo Paper, available in packs of 20, 50, or 100.
Another one of the most popular Fujifilm instant cameras, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera looks like a modern professional camera. It’s large and uses wide film (twice the size of Fujifilm Instax Mini). The focal zoom dial makes it easy to take close-up shots, but is also ideal for taking shots from far away. The camera is quite easy to use, especially since the LCD display is mounted on the back of the camera, as are the flash and brightness controls. In addition to the automatic flash to use in low-light settings, the Fill-in flash feature enables backlighting, and the exposure compensation control can either lighten or darken the photo.
The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is available in two colors: Black and White. It uses Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Film (4.17” x 3.30”), available with either a Standard White or a Black Background in either 10 sheet or 20 sheet packs.
Honestly, whenever you say “instant camera,” the first image my mind conjures is the classic Polaroid model. And the Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera is probably as close to the original as you can get. It may look like a collector’s item that you set on a shelf, but the camera has been redesigned to include a dual lens with autofocus, a digital photo counter, and even a new flash system.
The Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera is available in a dozen colors, including Black and White, Yellow and White, Pink and White, and Red and White. It u
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