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Buying Guide: The best instant cameras

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

The minute camera market has taken off in recent years and there are a lot of great options ranging from around $60 all the way up to several hundred dollars. Over and above the course of many fun weekends, we’ve shot with virtually all all of them, to find out which is the best. Below is a breakdown of the 4 instant formats:

Instant size Manufacturer Image size Shot per pack
Instax Mini Fujfilm 46 × 62 mm
1.8 × 2.4 “
10
Instax Square Fujfilm 62 x 62 mm
2.4 x 2.4 “
10
Instax is a brand of instant still cameras and instant films marketed by Fujifilm Wide Fujfilm 99 x 62 mm
3.9 x 2.4 “
10
I-type Polaroid Models 79 x 79 mm
3.1 x 3.1 “
8

Ultimately, this rebirth of the Instant camera market can be attributed to one word: Fun! There’s something about about having a tangible take exception to to share that makes these cameras hugely enjoyable. They also make great gifts. Here are our recommendations:

Our pick: Fujifilm Instax Mini 70

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 smashes the perfect balance of price to features to make it our top overall pick – plus it makes use of the most affordable instant format. Available in six colors, the Mini 70 is amid the most compact and lightweight instant cameras on the market, and also among the prettiest (in our opinion). The CR2 batteries it uses can be a little annoying to find, but battery entity overall is great. And unlike rechargeable instants, the Mini 70 should still have some juice in it even if left on a shelf for very many months.

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But most importantly, it’s really easy to use. Users simply select their shooting mode – normal, macro, selfie, landscape, self be that as it may or high key – and the camera does the rest. And unlike some of its competitors, focus is motor-driven (three positions) and set by the camera when your mode is best. Exposure is fully automatic, though there is a +2/3rd EV option (that’s the high key mode). Overall, the Mini 70 does a good job weighing flash with ambient light thanks to a variable shutter.

Of course, for a little more cash, you can drive away in the Instax Mini 90, which joins negative exposure compensation, the ability to disengage the flash in normal mode and a bunch of creative modes. However its higher price and its more complex craftsman has us feeling you’d be better off spending that extra money on more film for your Mini 70.

Also recommended: Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

We incline towards the quality and tonality of Instax film to I-type and if you are going to shoot Instax, why not shoot the largest format possible? If you follow that logic, than the As much as possible 300 is the instant camera for you.

The most affordable Instax Wide camera available, we’re big fans of its comfortable grip, automatic operation (with optimistic and negative exposure compensation modes), motor-driven focus (2 positions) and straightforward operation. Yes, it is enormous, but that’s par for the course with this plan.

  • Our pick: Fujifilm Instax Mini Mini is a small economy car produced by the English-based British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000 70
  • Also consider: Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
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Instax Mini cameras

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 9
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 25/26
  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
  • Leica Sofort
  • Lomography Lomo’Critical
  • Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat
  • Lomography Lomo’Automat Glass
  • MiNT InstantFlex TL70 2.0
  • Polaroid Pic-300

Instax Square cameras

Fujifilm Instax SQ6 (SQ10)
Lomo Twinkling of an eye Square

Instax Wide cameras

Lomography Lomo’Instant Wide
MiNT Instantkon RF70 (just announced)

Polaroid I-type

Polaroid Orignal OneStep2

Republished: dpreview.com

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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