The instant camera Polaroid pioneered in the 1970’s may be gone, but instant print film cameras are making a resurgence. These gadgets use self developing film which print right from the camera, no additional hardware or printers required. Most of the instant cameras on the markets have a decidedly retro and playful air about them. These are simple and fun to use. it’s easy to get anyone (and everyone) to join in, and even the most camera-shy child or adult will be coming back for more photos. The controls are limited – typically no zoom lenses, viewfinders are usually just a framing opening without an LCD screen for viewing, and special features, filters and effects are few.
The upside is instant gratification with a physical photo in hand to remember the occasion. And with no digital capabilities, these pics aren’t shareable on social media (!). The only major downside is that film can be a little bit pricey (see the end of this article for more info), and may be small for some photographers.
#1 – Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera – Lime Green
With 2 replaceable AA batteries, you can take about 100 pictures before needing a swap.
We like this one best due to it’s fun factor, low price and that it can be used by anyone. With no controls and adjustments to make, you still get rich, colorful photos with a press of a button. Children, Tweens, and Teens will enjoy having one of these, and sharing with their friends. For a true retro photo, you can load this with black-and-white film instead of color. Grab this and go – making every outing an adventure to remember.
Buy the Mini 9 with a carry case, and some additional film (about $83) – Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera with Instax Groovy Camera Case (Lime Green) & Instax Mini Instant Film Twin Pack
#2 – Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
The brightness controls give you 4 levels of light exposure: normal, bright, brighter, and dark. In all modes, the Mini 90 detects the brightness of the surrounding and adjusts the amount of flash and shutter speed to optimize photo quality based on your setting.
The 90 also upgrades from disposable AA batteries to a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. You can get about 200 photos on a charge.
Like the Mini 9, the Mini 90 bundle deal is the best way to get started – Fujifilm instax mini 90 Instant Film Camera (Neo Classic) + Fujifilm instax Film 20 Sheets + Extra Accessories Kit
- Mini 90 camera
- Mini 90 Case
- Box of Film (20 Film Sheets)
- Rechargeable Battery & Charger
- Photo frames
- Photo Stickers
- Lens Spray/Brush
- Photo Microfiber Cloth
#3 – New Model Fuji Instax Mini 50s Piano White Fujifilm Instant Camera
Similar to the other two, you can also take close up pictures of flowers, food and make artistic photos.
The 50s is powered with CR2 batteries instead of a rechargeable, and will last for at least 200 shots.
A little about film for these instant cameras:
Our recommendation is to buy in Value Packs – 60 Images
Fujifilm Instax Mini Film Value Pack – 60 Images