Yeah, Instant Cameras are fantastic but there’s nothing about seeing and processing a freshly shot picture print in front of your eyes. Fast imaging is gone, much like the classic Polaroid images. There’s a range of producers like Fujifilm, Polaroid Originals, Lomography, and even Leica photography cameras on the market. For several of them, we have taken pictures, and these are our favorites.
And while you’re looking around, we’ve got the best handheld cams guides and some of the latest mirrorless cams.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera
Fujifilm’s new Instax model, the Mini LiPlay (8/10 WIRED Recommends), functions as a monitor and a printer. The pocketable form factor makes it easy to tote about and appreciate an instant camera’s instantaneous gratification. If you decide to print a picture from your camera as a treat, you can do it with your smartphone device too. The LiPlay has a cool glass screen, a selfie mirror, and the capacity to check pictures before committing them to paper. We find the embedded QR codes for gimmicky audio but it is loved by other others.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
If you’re looking for the highest picture output this Fujifilm device is the company’s finest instant phone. The Mini 90 Neo Classic is lightweight relative to some of the other Instax Mini models, comes with a long-lasting rechargeable battery, and allows you more artistic flexibility with a push-button close-up lens and a dual exposure feature. We like its dual shutter buttons which make taking a selfie from just about any angle super simple. It always sells for around $120, but test rates regularly.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 – Ice Blue Instant Camera
The Instax Mini 9 is the perfect phone to purchase for penny-pinchers, or parents shopping for tweens. This is by far the least, the primary value. Since the Mini 9 is so cheap, whether your son ruins it or your daughter flies through movie packs like chewing gum sticks, you don’t have to feel so horrible. The Mini 9 now has a high-key exposure mode and a regular selfie mirror upfront, unlike previous low-end Mini cameras. Instant shooting, it is the highest value and comes in many colors.
Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat Bora Bora
When you’ve got a creative bent, put the new Lomo camera on for scale. This Instax Mini-compatible cam is great on its own, taking sharp shots (especially if you opt for the Magellan glass-lensed, wide-angle edition) and omitting other Fuji-made cameras including features. Long exposures, multiple exposures, and some ability to compensate for exposure let you express yourself further. If you spring for the bundles of this Automat, you will get macro, fish-eye, and wide attachments along with the fantastic lens-covering Splitzer, which divides the frame into sections that you can expose for a collage effect individually.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6
The first square film camera in Fuji was sort of a dud, but this one is not. The affordable price and easy-to-use interface make it a perfect option if you only need to get the iconic, 1:1 aspect ratio, Polaroid-style images you recall (and from Instagram) days gone by. There are loads of modes in the Instax SQ6 (7/10, WIRED Review), from easy to double exposure. And if you’re not trying to try, it’s easy to use to death. It’s not our favorite camera for Instax Square but it’s amazingly easy.
Lomography Lomo’Instant Square Glass Combo Black
If you’ve been fascinated by the notion of Instax Square, however, you consider the above SQ6 a little … Square, so you can buy this one. Lomo’s excellent Automat tech applied to the Lomo’Instant Square (8/10, WIRED Review), making it the funky, fun, and creative pick for Instax Square shooters. It makes its higher price sound justified, spanning from its unusual folding nature to its excellent optional adapters, and built-in infrared control. And, if you choose to save a buck on video, a converter can make you shoot Instax Mini cheaper and smaller instead of Instax Square.
Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Black (9010)
The OneStep Plus is the perfect option if you want to relive the glory of the retro Polaroids. It’s priced competitively, and quick to fire. It has a USB-rechargeable battery, two built-in focal lengths, and nice companion software that enables you to use a device to monitor the camera setups. The OneStep Plus is clearly a more powerful device for the price compared with the OneStep 2, A note though: we’ve had some poor movie stocks, and customers have even talked about this. But if you have a decent set, the OneStep Plus is the nearest you can come to yesteryear’s retro Polaroid.
Try the Polaroid Lab ($130) if you like the Polaroid feel but not the bulk camera. The Lab produces Polaroid portraits on your phone from the photos. This takes a snapshot of your computer device, and so the stronger camera you get, the higher the results.
Fujifilm Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer
Fujifilm’s Mini Connect is similar to our top choice, the LiPlay, but is dissecting the features of the app. The Mini Connect prints pictures from your camera, instead. The new ios device from Fujifilm is much stronger than its previous attempts. For this reason alone, I would prefer this over the older SP-2 printer (7/10 WIRED Review), because otherwise, the results would be identical.
What is it that makes the latest app fun? Party Print produces collages from different phones when Match Check takes pictures of two individuals (or two pictures of a single person) and prints a composite image. It can even inform you how “full” the pair feels it is, which is gimmicky, but what group isn’t lightening up for any gimmickry?
Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
For all of those that appreciate portability, Fujifilm has the Instax Mini 70 for sale. This tiny camera can go with you anywhere and does not skimp on things like the precious selfie mirror. There are two complexities that render the Mini 70 less attractive than either the Instax Mini 9 or Instax Mini 90: it’s more costly than the Mini 9, and the less powerful CR2 batteries are needed. Yet typically you will find it priced just about everywhere at a discount.
Leica Sofort Instant Camera
This trendy yet pricey camera is great — not just for everybody. The Sofort has little else to sell because you appreciate the eye-catching style and Leica red dot signature more than you enjoy having what you have paid for. I loved shooting with it but constantly questioned why it cost more than twice as much as the remarkably close Fuji Instax Mini 90. It can’t deny its visual loveliness, but unless you’re a committed Leica addict, just get the Fujifilm edition.
Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer
Here’s another as the Instax Mini Fujifilm Connect. It’s a portable printer and while the device may be a little fiddly on your computer, the printer itself is simple to set up and use. When you choose to first edit images, bypass the Fujifilm app, and use a separate picture edit software to save the data, then print. We recommend the square SP-3 model, but the Instax Share SP-2 printer ($88) is another, cheaper alternative if you want the rectangular prints. The price on that fluctuates a bit, but don’t spend more than $100.
Don’t assume any time the photos are flawless and you will be pleased with what the Instax Square SQ6 will do. It’s not about making beautifully shot, precisely centered photos-it’s about being “friendly” or “quirky,” just lookout that it could cost you a ton of outlay to figure out just how to bring the most out of the device when you start using it first.