6 best instant cameras

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Instant cameras offer a retro feeling, tangible photo, and a fun way to capture personal memories. Learn what the best options are.

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1. Polaroid Now

Black Polaroid Now camera.
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Polaroid’s Now camera is a classic due to its look and being a point-and-shoot analog instant camera. It features autofocus, which ensures that the photos you capture are sharp. The Now also has a double-exposure feature, so you can combine two moments into one.

2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

White Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 instant camera.
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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is one of the most popular instant cameras. The camera is powered by two AA batteries and uses the Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film.

It’s designed aesthetically, has a slim body, and automatically sets the exposure by choosing the optimal shutter speed. It also has a built-in macro mode and selfie mirror for the perfect self-portrait.

3. Fujifilm instax mini LiPlay

White Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay camera.
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Fujifilm also offers the Instax mini LiPlay. The benefit of choosing this camera is the pocketable size and the ability to choose the photo that you’d like to print. Each photo takes 12 seconds to print and a single charge can print 100 photos. You can also record sounds and print a photo with a QR code associated with the sound to replay anytime.

4. Leica Sofort

Red Leica Sofort instant camera.
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Leica’s Sofort instant camera combines the iconic brand of Leica with the joy of instant photography. The Sofort is a versatile camera with many settings, including the following:

  • Selfie mode.
  • Macro.
  • Bulb.
  • Automatic.
  • Self-timer.
  • Party and people.
  • Sport and action.
  • Double-exposure.

5. Polaroid OneStep+

Polaroid OneStep camera.

The Polaroid OneStep+ is the ultimate classic Polaroid instant camera. It has two built-in lenses, one for sharp portraits and one for eye-catching landscapes.

Another great aspect is the ability to go from automatic mode to full manual control, which allows you to take the perfect image. Lastly, you can use the Bluetooth-connected app, experience double-exposure, light paintings, and other features.

6. Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camera

Black and white Kodak Instant Print camera.
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Kodak’s Smile Instant Print Digital Camera is a hybrid between an instant camera and a digital camera. It uses zero-ink technology to print the photos on a ZINK sticky-backed photo paper that’s 2 inches by 3 inches.

Conclusion

Instant cameras are the perfect combination of retro styling and the ability to instantly print a tangible photo. It’s great for personal use and to give as a gift.

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About David Em

David Em.

David Em is the founder of Portraits Refined. He’s a published portrait photographer dedicated to helping photographers develop skills, capture incredible photos, and build successful businesses.

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