The last couple of decades have shown immense advancements in photography. Given that now you can zoom past a scenic view and take scores of images without worrying about the wastage or price of the film.
Analog cameras speak of nostalgia like no other. Tweenies today wouldn’t know the charm the ’90s had over millennials and baby boomers when new developments in technology seemed like impressive hallmarks of science.
Take out your grandparents’ (and your parents’) photo albums where you’d see your family in awkward and irreplaceable poses. Since the film was expensive, people wouldn’t dare to take another group picture even if something was wrong with the image.
Thanks to digital cameras and fast forward, smartphones, where each device has not one, but two cameras for taking and saving (or replacing) pictures like a breeze. Just simply transfer your photos on your computer and choose which ones you have to print.
Instant Film Cameras – What’s the Fuss About?
But today, we’re going to talk about instant film cameras because nostalgia is hitting us hard in the cerebrum. Instant film cameras – much like their parent analog parental machines – allow you to reminisce on the technology that became popular in the 1970s. You can shoot a picture with your instant film camera and wait for it to print out a pixel-free physical memory of your exposure on paper.
While the quality of your print might vary, there is a wide range of instant film cameras that are jumping back into the hood. If you want hard copies of your photos– even if they’re exposed or blurred out – choose an instant film camera today.
To help you make your choice, we have mentioned 8 of the top picks that we believe will help you to put life into new memories!
1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic (Overall Winner)
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 is an amalgamation of nostalgic design and electronic advancement. Thanks to its high prolific automatic shutter speed, you can capture fast-moving objects and observe high-quality releases. If you press the shutter twice, you can print two consecutive images on the same sheet (and save yourself film and paper at the same time)!
Similar to the lens of a digital camera, the Instax Mini 90 has a lens that can move in and out at the time of action. With the help of a high-performance flash and a macro mode feature for capturing images within a distance as short and close as 30 – 60 cm, the Instax Mini 90 aims to withhold its exclusive name – the Neo Classic.
Whether you opt to turn the flash on or leave it off, the Neo Classic allows you to focus on your subjects with its double exposure feature as well. Apart from being sleek and stylish, the Neo Classic is a steal and comes with a warranty, a user manual and specification sheet for better understanding.
Known commonly as a Polaroid, the Fujifilm Instax 9 is perhaps a favorite amongst kids and teens. Since it comes in an assortment of colors ranging from smoky white to flamingo pink, the Instax 9 has helped to ignite the passion of photography in youngsters and adults alike.
Equipped with an LED light to keep up with the times of bright and incredible selfies, the Instax 9 has a crucial high mode feature as well that allows you to capture soft and dewy portraits. It operates with the help of two AA batteries, making it easier for you to head over to your nearest electronics store once you’re out of battery.
It has a macro lens adapter for focusing on subjects placed at a close distance ranging from 30 – 55 cm. Along with automatic exposure and aperture setting features; you can now click pictures to perfection and concentrate on every single one of them.
With a redefined sleek design, the Instax Mini 70 is a photographer’s or collector’s dream! Its shiny, metallic appearance helps to capture glimpses, in more ways than one.
Similar to the Instax 0, the Instax Mini 70 also has macro, auto-exposure, and landscape modes along with an additional ‘Selfie’ feature for capturing front-facing images quickly. Not to mention its ‘Self-Portrait Mirror’ feature that helps to adjust your frame so that you wouldn’t waste the film sheet and capture bright images easily.
The Instax Mini 70 has a lens that can move in and move out, allowing it to focus on subjects within a close distance as well. The instant camera operates on two CR2 batteries and has a tripod socket for you to mount your camera on a tripod stand and capture images freely.
Perfect for a Fujifilm Instant camera upgrade, the Fujifilm Instax 300 Photo Instant Camera has an automatic extending and retracting lens for moving in and out for a greater focus. Its focus zones span between two ranges, that is, from 0.9 to 3mm (for nearer subjects) and from 3mm to infinity (and beyond).
The Instax 300 has all the features that the dream Fujifilm team has such as a self-portrait (selfie) mirror and a built-in flash feature for capturing bright, vivid, and high-quality images in an instant.
The Instax 300 has one con though – it is ideal only for snapping pictures that are 15 inches wide. It comes with an exclusive motorized wide film pack along with a camera bag for you to accommodate and carry it around easily as well.
Shaped like a compact digital camera, the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is reputed to be a standardized prime choice for experienced photographers as well as beginners.
It is equipped with impressive features such as flash suppression for monitoring high-performance flash and shutter release per brightness, allowing you to take pictures even in the dark. The SQ6, along with its auto-exposure control, can only use the 1:1 square film for capturing photographs instantly.
The Instax SQ6 also presents a Taylor Swift Limited Edition for ‘Swifties’! The SQ6 features three bright filters in colors orange, green, and purple for you to place in front of the flash and take pictures coordinated in hues. The SQ6 is operated with 2 CR2 batteries and has a high-end finish to complement its sleek design.
6. Kodak PRINTOMATIC (Budget Winner)
The Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera has us pretty confused and amazed at the same time! This hybrid instant camera mimics the sleek design of a digital camera and at the same time brings nostalgia back into our lives with its ability to print images on paper.
The Kodak Printomatic is a photographer’s ideal retreat, primarily because it is equipped with a microSD card for saving and choosing pictures before printing. This instant film camera is exclusively home to Kodak Zink Photo Paper which is not only cheap but saves users the frenzy of buying ink cartridges or film frequently.
The Kodak Printomatic prints high-quality ten-megapixel images that are water-resilient, smudge-free, wear-and-tear resistant, and highly durable! Even if you plan on clicking images in low light, the Kodak Printomatic has gotten you covered!
So, take your instant camera, and click and print an assortment of images without hurrying to a computer or a printer! It comes with a rechargeable battery for you to be always travel-ready and a neck-strap for high accessibility. At a low price, this instant-film-digital camera has landed next on our bucket list of must-haves!
The Instax Mini 26 is a pretty cute package, if you ask us, and seems like the ideal gift for children or teens! This instant camera comes with two shutter buttons – like no other – for you to click pictures in a horizontal or vertical setting. With a self-portrait mirror and an LED light, the Instax Mini 26 also aims to make the art of capturing selfies easier yet brighter.
It is equipped with a Lighter-Darker manual control feature that allows you to apply a soft or bright finish as per your choice to your images before printing. Its lens can retract and expand for shooting pictures of closely placed subjects – the closest being 35cm – yet ideal for farther ones as well.
The camera is equipped with two three-volt lithium batteries that might be a little rare for you to find and expensive at the same time as well, posing a slight con for when you run out of power.
The Fujifilm Instax SQ10 not only helps you to take an assortment of images but also allows you to print them on 2.4″ x 2.4″ square-sized films. It has a large 3″ TFT color LCD screen monitor that will enable you to view the images saved in its internal or microSD memory optimally. The SQ10 comes ten brightly colored filters that you can fit in front of the flash and channel the pictures in lieu of their exciting hues.
While the last one might seem a tad bit expensive, we think that our list of instant film cameras will help you choose one either for yourself or your friends! Now enjoy retro and vintage photography with the instant camera and string magic in your life by collecting your physical memories like no other!