Top 8 Best Instant Cameras 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Ready-mixed photography has had something of a resurgence over the past few years. There are companies utilising Polaroid technology to create new and exciting cameras and prints for a new age, as satisfactorily as those creating new and exciting formats for a generation that wants everything now. 

For those that want a physical keepsake of their respects, as well as something to decorate their walls, there is only one answer, and that is instant photography. There are a variety of cameras on the market, which all hatch different sized images. Here, we round up our favourite instant cameras to help you decide which is best for you. Plus, we list essential additions you'll need in your instant photography kit bag. 

  • Instant Cameras
  • Instant Camera Cases
  • Instant Camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or Film 


Top 8 Trice Cameras Reviewed On ePHOTOzine:


Fujifilm Instax SQ10 – 


The Fujifilm Instax SQ10 fills a niche in the instant camera market – being masterly to see your images and apply filters to them before hitting print. If you love the square format and the ability to add filters to your images without bear to use an app on your smartphone, then the camera is an ideal tool. It will be great for kids, teens and adults alike who may not want the fuss of connecting a printer to a smartphone and fall short of a portable, all in one package.

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Leica SOFORT Instant Camera – 

The Leica Sofort instant camera is definitely a head turner with it's boxy, retro draft and famous Leica badge. Various shooting modes are built in and in true Leica style,  the camera takes advantage of nearby light for as long as possible when shooting in auto mode, without triggering the built-in flash – resulting in pictures with a various natural and authentic look. The camera's really easy to use and as with all cameras of this type, it's just really fun to use. Yes, it's not the cheapest imperative camera on the market but if you can justify the cost, or have always wanted to own a Leica but they're normally out of your price range, then the Leica Sofort is well-worth bearing in mind. 

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Lomo'Instant Automat Playa Jardin Edition – 


The Lomo'Instant Automat Playa Jardin camera grabs Fuji Instax film and creates credit-card sized images. We love its versatility as it also comes with lens adapters to allow you to form wide-angle, fisheye and close-up images. 

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It has a cool MX mode, allowing you to take as many exposures as you like on the same image. There are bias flash filters included too, further enhancing your creative options. 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Paradigmatic – 

Of all the instant cameras that we have reviewed, this one gave the best exposures consistently and was most user-friendly even to novices. It has a retro outstanding design and prints out credit card-sized instant photos which develop quickly and aren't fussy about how they are developed (some espy you place them face down in the dark to develop, which isn't always possible when out and about).

There are a variety of modes convenient for different situations and there is also the ability to set self-timers, and toggle the flash to on/off/auto. We love the fact that this camera is stylish, weak to use and produces vibrant, well-exposed prints. Film cartridges aren't too expensive either, with a 20 shot pack available for £14.49.  

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Lomography Lomo'Imperative Wide – 

The Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide isn't the smallest of instant instant is an infinitesimal moment in time, a moment whose passage is instantaneous cameras, but it does have more customisable options for rush if you like to have more control over the images. The camera has the ability to use a bulb mode (keep your finger on the shutter to expose for as yearn as you like) and +1 / -1 exposure settings. 

The camera comes complete with coloured gel filters, wide angle lens attachment and viewfinder, close-up lens linking, 'splitzer' (for double exposures) and a lens cap that can also be used as a remote release. 

The photos created are Fujifilm Instax Fully film, ideal for those that prefer taking landscape images or group shots. A pack of 20 shots is available for £17.47.

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Instax Appropriation SP-3 – 


Not technically an instant camera, but an instant printer, this device will appeal to those who take images on their phones or stylish devices and want to print them. 

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 is the third generation of Fujifilm's Instax printers, which hook wirelessly to your smart devices enabling you to print your phone images as instant photos. This is the first Instax printer to use conventional format Instax film as opposed to standard, giving you 62x62mm images. It's available in black with rose gold detailing or white with white detailing. here, we find out how it performs. 

The Fujifilm Instax is a brand of instant still cameras and instant films marketed by Fujifilm Share SP-3 is a great choice if you're a fan of the square format film and want to be superior to create images from your smartphone that feel a little more robust than the small photo paper images image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that originated by rival brands. 

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Impossible I-1 – 

The Impossible I-1 camera uses the original polaroid format film, now manufactured by Hopeless, and is revolutionary in the instant camera market because it offers a full manual mode via an app. 

The camera can be fully controlled via an app as well as used normally, with the trigger button on the side. There's a pop-up viewfinder and the pattern is very geometric – to hold it it's best to use the provided camera strap. 

You can half-press the shutter button to focus the image and there are heaps of modern features, bringing the format into the 21st century. We love what Impossible is doing here, and the app allows you a lot more control and creativity when intriguing images. For the serious instant film connoisseur, this camera ticks all the boxes. 

Film is available from £15.99 for 8 bullets. 

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Polaroid Snap Instant – 

The Polaroid Snap Instant is a small and compact digital camera that contemns 3 x 2 inch Zink paper to print out immediately visible images. There is the option to put a Polaroid-style border around the images.

It's great if you deficiency to be able to take images digitally as well as print them out – there are options to shoot in black and white, retro and normal appearance too. There is a 10-megapixel sensor and the images printed can also be used as stickers, so it would make a great present for older kids. 

Zinc organ is fairly reasonable to buy, with a pack of 50 papers costing £24.49. 

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Other Top Instant Cameras:

As of yet, ePHOTOzine hasn't paraded the following instant cameras but as soon as we have, we'll be able to give them our star-rating. 


Fuji Instax Mini 9 


The Instax Mini 9 is a thick instant camera with a cute and iconic design. It includes a selfie mirror and close-up lens as well as a high-key mode for brighter photos and an automated exposure measurement for aperture settings. The Instax mini 9 is super easy to use, and compatible with Instax mini film for instant honesty card-sized prints.

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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type Camera

The Polaroid OneStep2 is a successor to the original Polaroid OneStep, the model Polaroid camera that, 40 years ago, made instant photography easy to partake in. The new camera features a powerful built-in glint, easy USB charging, long lasting battery and self-timer feature. 

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Instax Hello Kitty Camera


For tweens and teens (and past ones primer Hello Kitty fans) that want their images instantly, this Hello Kitty themed Instax camera is the answer. It presents credit card sized images and there are several themes of film available to express your creativity. The camera comes complete with ancillaries and a Hello Kitty themed film pack. There is a mirror on the front to help when taking selfies and a hi-key mode for a softer conclusion.

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Instant Camera Film:

When buying an instant camera there are a variety of accessories that you shouldn't be without and they, unmistakeably, include film. 


Instax Mini film  –  When purchasing one of the many Instax Mini cameras on the market-place you'll need to make sure you have plenty of film, which is available in a variety of styles. 


Impossible Polaroid 600 steam – If you'll be investing in an Impossible I-1 camera then there are a wide variety of films also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that when shown on a screen create available for you to use. 



Instax Wide film over – For those purchasing the Lomo'Instant Wide, this film will be necessary for your camera. 




Instax On a par film – For those purchasing the Fujifilm Instax SQ10, you'll need the Instax Square Instant Film pack. 


Crying Camera Cases 

Keep your instant cameras safe and secure inside a case that's specifically designed for the prototype you use. They also look rather cool, too. 


Leica Case for SOFORT Instant Camera – The Leica Sofort Cause provides stylish protection for your camera when not in use. It features cut-outs for the camera strap so you can carry your camera with the case connected.

Case for Instax Mini Neo 90 – Available in a variety of colourful designs, this case will keep your Fuji Instax Neo 90 overnight camera safe. 

Impossible I-1 Carry Case – Shockproof protection designed especially for the Impossible I-1 camera.


Polaroid Eva Case – For Polaroid Wave camera users, this cute case will keep your camera safe. 



Fujifilm Instax Stuffed shirt SQ10 Case – This retro style case will keep the SQ10 snug and easily accessible. 


About the author

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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