Instant Cameras allow you to snap, print and share your favorite pictures instantly and come in fun, easy-to-use, compact designs. These cameras might make you wax nostalgic for the old-school Polaroids we all knew and loved, but these updated versions are anything but old.
While still delivering Polaroid’s instant simplicity and spontaneity, these cameras have added modern touches to keep them relevant today. You can still print photos instantly, but these photos are now vibrant and high-quality with no fuzziness. A built-in printer means your photos print instantly (hence the name), with no computer connections needed. In addition, instant cameras allow you to embrace your inner photographer with their powerful lenses that capture details for the perfect picture and some have even added a mirror next to the lens for optimal selfies.
Below are our picks for some of the best instant cameras on the market. Fun colors, simple operation and the ability to print, save and instantly share your pictures to your social media platforms makes these cameras a no-brainer.
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
The Fujifilm Instsax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera has a slimmer and lighter body than its larger Instax version while offering new features and enhancements. A new High-Key mode allows you to take brighter pictures with a soft look that is perfect for portraits while a new and improved viewfinder provides for greater clarity and visibility. The camera also automatically determines the best brightness for taking a picture and informs you of the suitable setting by lighting a corresponding lamp.
PROS: Simple operation allows for easy and fast pictures.
CONS: This is a mostly point and shoot camera and if you want to take selfies, another option might be better.
2. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
The Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera uses an easy point and click interface in one easy, compact package. This camera has integrated ZINK printing technology which enables you to instantly print full color, smudge-proof prints automatically when an image is captured. No ink, ribbons or toner cartridges needed. This camera is equipped with a 10-megapixel sensor, expandable memory and easy load camera paper to print on the spot while saving all your images for easy uploading.
PROS: The 2×3 prints are ready in under a minute and their adhesive backing makes for easy and fun posting on most surfaces.
CONS: The film/paper needed does not come with the camera and has to be purchased separately.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
The latest version of the Instax Mini 9 Camera by Fujifilm retains the ease of use and attractive design elements of the previous version while adding new colors and features. This version has added a selfie mirror for the perfect selfie photo, has a close-up lens attachment for extreme close-ups and a high-key mode where you can set the brightness adjustment dial which allows you to take pictures with a softer impression.
PROS: This camera comes in fun colors such as Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue and Smokey White.
CONS: Special film packs must be purchased which can get expensive.