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
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
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
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
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.
- Party and people.
- Sport and action.
5. Polaroid OneStep+
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
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.
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 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.