More and more people are becoming interested in instant cameras because they provide a physical memento of important moments. With an instant camera, you can print out pictures to share with your friends and loved ones immediately. Polaroid used to be one of the most common brands of instant camera, but several other companies are starting to produce great options too. To find the best instant cameras of 2017, we have examined the photo quality, ease of use, and portability of many different camera styles. Keep reading to see what our top ten picks are for best instant cameras.
10. Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
Fujifilm is one of the main producers of instant cameras, so this is the first of several Fujifilm options on our list. The Mini 70 series are small, lightweight cameras built with a streamlined design. They come with a built-in selfie mirror for the selfie mode or the timer, and the tripod socket makes it easier to stabilize the camera during pictures. You can easily control the exposure, making this camera ideal for indoor shots.
9. Impossible Polaroid 600 Instant Camera
These cameras are perfect for those obsessed with vintage Polaroid cameras. Impossible has refurbished classic Polaroids to work with their 600-type film, even though Polaroid no longer produces their classic film or cameras. The vintage cameras are also refitted with a tongue to shield the photos as they leave the camera, to prevent light from damaging the developing photo. Though these cameras are a bit older and lacking in features, they produce images with all the softness and depth of vintage Polaroids.
8. Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera
This small and portable camera prints vivid, colorful images immediately. An automatic flash and an automatic adjust feature means that taking pictures is as easy as pointing the camera and clicking the button. With an electronic shutter speed of 1/60 a second, you will not miss anything. This camera runs on AA batteries, so you can easily replace worn out batteries. It is also easy to replace the film for this camera, since it is just the basic Polaroid 300 instant film.
7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Though the Instax Mini 8 is a little older, it is still a solid choice for when you just want to capture some memories at weddings or parties. It has a slim, lightweight design that makes it easy to carry anywhere. With the automatic exposure measurement and aperture setting recommendations, you can take clear and vivid pictures in most conditions. It also comes with an optional high-key mode for more flattering portraits. This camera operates with basic AA batteries and Fuji Instax film, so it is quite convenient for those new to instant photography.
6. Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Digital Camera
It might be a little pricey, but this camera’s combination of instant Polaroid capabilities and digital camera convenience is definitely useful. It has a 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen display that lets you easily navigate between modes and compose pictures. The smartphone compatible instant camera lets you send images to iOS and Android phones. You can also print them out immediately onto the classic Polaroid film. This purchase comes with a 10-pack of paper, a handy wrist strap, and a micro USB cord for charging and transferring images.
5. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera
If you want the speed of instant film with the high quality of typical cameras, choose this Fujifilm model. Instead of creating fuzzy, square images like an old Polaroid, the Instax Wide 300 camera produces larger pictures with great contrast and color balance. You can choose from various focus zones to take clearer pictures by changing the lens dial ring. The camera also comes with a tripod socket. Just keep in mind that the slightly more complicated camera may be a bit trickier to use, and it will only take the Fujifilm Instax Wide film.
4. Lomo’Instant Reykjavik Edition Camera and Lenses
The advanced design of this camera makes it well suited for experienced photographers. It comes with multiple lens attachments and colored gel filters that let you really customize each image. Lomo’instant cameras also have the widest range of aperture settings out of all the instant camera options, ranging from f/8 to f/22. You can select from automatic or manual flash modes, along with the ability to choose automatic or manual shutter speeds. This camera is a little pricey and has a higher learning curve, but it is great for taking artistic instant photos.
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera
The Instax Mini 90 comes with a lot of extra settings for people who want to take quality instant pictures. It has a double exposure mode that lets you overlap multiple images on the same sheet of paper. You can also adjust the flash to photograph light trails. With the macro mode setting, you can take pictures from just 30 cm away, and the kid mode setting lets you photograph running children and other fast-moving objects. This versatile camera lets you adjust brightness and exposure to customize your results.
2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
At just 5.5 inches tall by 5 inches long, this tiny and colorful instant camera can be taken anywhere. Its simple controls make it easy to adjust the brightness and size of any picture. Fujifilm is one of the few companies still producing instant camera film, so you never have to worry about finding the right size of film. It runs on basic AA batteries that can also be purchased easily. The Instax Mini 9 is convenient, affordable, and produces solid results.
1. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Polaroid’s new Snap camera beats the other competitors to take the top place on our list for several reasons. Polaroid’s instant camera uses their patented Zero Ink printing technology to print without ink. It comes with multiple picture filters and setting modes, and the minimalist design is easy to understand and use. Indicators for both low battery and a lack of paper warn you before you run out of film or power. One of the best features on the Polaroid Snap camera is the ability to immediately print the image while also backing it up to the SD card.
Whether you just want to take some quick pictures at a party or are crafting a serious art project, there is a camera on our list for you. All of the best instant cameras of 2018 create great pictures at a very convenient speed. Is there any model you would like to add to our list of best instant cameras of 2018? Let us know in the comments!