The Best Instant Cameras on the Market
The novelty of an instant photo for kids who have grown up in a digital age has not lost its appeal. However, the instant camera marketplace is getting crowded and expensive, so here are my recommendations based on a variety of features.
Cameras with Best Bang for the Buck
These two cameras are industry standards in the new wave of instant cameras.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 $238
Film: $13 for 10 prints
The price may be a shock factor, but let me explain. This camera shoots digital, meaning you can take as many pictures as you would like before deciding to print it. Additionally, you can print a photo as many times as you would like, meaning everyone in the group can leave with the same instant picture. Some may see this as defeating the purpose of an instant camera, but those looking to experiment photographically without the high stakes of using a print on every shot, this could be a really great option.
A Little More Than Basic
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic $123
Film: $14 for 20 prints
This camera offers creative features giving it a photographic edge. Double exposures, adjustable brightness, party mode, kids mode, landscape mode, and portrait mode, this camera provides room to adjust for the perfect image in any moment.
For the Photographer
Lomo'Instant Camera and Lenses
Film: $14 for 20 Prints
Interchangeable lenses on an instant camera allow for true experimentation. The 27mm built in wide-angle lens can be manipulated with a fisheye lens attachment, portrait lens attachment (35mm equivalent), and close-up lens (10-15 cm closes focusing distance). It allows for infinitely long exposures to experiment with light streaking and other long exposure effects. Additionally it comes with blue, red, purple, and yellow color filters for the flash to add an artistic touch .
Polaroid One Step 2 $99
Film: $19 for 8 prints
This camera's artistic flair comes less from the camera itself than from the classic, high quality Polaroid film it uses. Polaroid film quality is like no other and they offer creative options—black and white, blue, and pink. There is a reason everyone knows you're talking about an instant photo when you refer to it as a Polaroid, the really are the original instant photo company and the style their film brings to images is artistically distinct.