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Best instant print cameras

Think digital cameras have killed analog ones? May be. But some cameras still stubbornly beat, and instant photos are gaining popularity again.

No digital photograph is able to convey the feelings that you experience holding a real, tangible photo in your hand. It doesn't matter if you are looking for a camera to take it to parties or a more serious device. Next we look at the best instant print cameras that are suitable for amateurs and professionals.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

Focal length: 60 mm | Focus modes: normal, macro, landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: yes

Pros :

  • Easy to use
  • There is a selfie mirror on the front.

Cons :

  • Few controls
  • Not the best picture quality.

If you're looking for an inexpensive and easy-to-use camera, then the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 fits the bill. And although it does not have additional features that more expensive models can boast of, this does not detract from the degree of its charm. The output is miniature, rectangular shots - the size of a regular credit card. Therefore, the camera is suitable for use on the road and at parties. Absolutely everyone can use it. In addition, thanks to a small mirror, located on the front of the camera, Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is also suitable for selfies.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 70

Focal length: 60 mm | Focus modes: normal, macro, landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: yes

Pros :

  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for selfie

Cons :

  • Bad flash
  • Few controls

Compared to the Instax Mini 9, the Instax Mini 70 is considered a more advanced camera with additional functionality. But it still remains a budget model. The only thing worth paying attention to when using it is whether you accidentally closed the flash with your finger. This is especially true for pictures that are taken vertically. Everything else is automatically adjusted (flash, exposure, focus), so you don’t have to worry too much. On the other hand, the fact that you cannot control the flash yourself is sometimes annoying. If this is important to you, then it is better to pay attention to the more expensive device Instax Mini 90, which, among other things, is equipped with a small mirror for selfie. Nevertheless, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 remains an excellent budget model, which is convenient to take to parties.

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Polaroid OneStep 2

Focal length: 106 mm | Focus modes: normal, macro, landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: yes

Pros :

  • Retro design
  • Easy to use

Cons :

  • Not the most convenient arrangement of controls
  • High price

The once widely known brand Polaroid now belongs to a group of enthusiasts who are actively reviving the production of instant print cameras. Model OneStep 2 was the first camera released in the new era. Like the original OneStep from the 1970s, the OneStep 2 has a similar retro design. In addition, the new camera is easy to manage and not overloaded with unnecessary functionality. At the exit, large, square photographs are obtained (for them Polaroid I-Type film is used), therefore, taking into account the cost of consumables, their printing will cost a little more than that of Instax. If you are ready to overpay a little for this luxury model, then OneStep 2 is your choice.

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Leica sofort

Focal length: 60 mm | Focus modes: normal, macro, landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: yes

Pros :

  • Premium Camera
  • There is useful functionality

Cons :

  • Almost identical to Fuji Instax Mini 90
  • Expensive

Despite the fact that the camera is made of plastic (by the way, quite good), the build quality is top notch. The model comes in several colors (green, orange, white) and is compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini film, even though Leica produces its own consumables. By the way, if you decide to use the original film, then the photos will have a warm white frame.

Unlike other instant printing cameras, Sofort has a rather large number of different controls and additional functions (macro mode, self-timer, double exposure, portrait shooting, etc.) and stand-alone modes of operation. To take pictures using a small (but very convenient) viewfinder located on the back of the camera, in the upper left corner. You can also turn the flash on and off. And although the format of photos from Sofort is the same as that of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70, the camera will cost a little more.

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Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

Focal length: 95 mm | Focus Modes: Normal, Landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: no

Pros :

  • Easy and convenient to use.
  • Big shots

Cons :

  • Bulky design
  • Tiny viewfinder

The Instax Wide 300 model differs in the size of an old medium format rangefinder camera. All because of the fact that it uses an Instax format film, and not the usual for instant print cameras, which is distinguished by its miniature. And although at first glance the camera seems cumbersome and clumsy, it is worth picking it up, as you immediately realize how easy it is. With its help it is really convenient to take photos. This is greatly assisted by a spring-loaded switch located next to the shutter, extending the 95-mm lens.

The Instax wide format is much larger than a conventional digital one, and therefore equivalent to a medium wide-angle lens. But for such a big camera, the Instax Wide 300 has a pretty tiny viewfinder. Therefore, to take high-quality images, it will have to get used to. In all other respects, the camera is quite easy to use and allows you to take great pictures. Compared to other Instax mini-cameras, the Wide 300 shoots in a familiar, large format.

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Impossible I-1

Number of focus modes: 5 | Flash: built-in (ring) | Timer: yes

Pros :

  • Convenient ring flash
  • Manual focus, exposure compensation

Cons :

  • Too bulky
  • Quickly discharged

Externally, the Impossible I-1 is like a cross between a plastic pyramid and a spacecraft. The camera features a ring 12-diode flash, which provides softer, portrait lighting. In addition, the camera can be used in conjunction with a free mobile application that allows you to remotely control the self-timer and adjust other available parameters (exposure, color reproduction, exposure). It can also be used as a photo scanner.

Because of this, I-1 is a great tool for experimenting in instant photography, but still too cumbersome for taking pictures on the road or at a party. The impression spoils the bad battery, which is discharged too quickly.

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Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ6

Focal length: 65.75 mm f / 12.6 | Focus modes: macro, normal, landscape | Flash: built-in (off) | Timer: no

Pros :

  • There is a mirror for selfie
  • Compact

Cons :

  • High cost of consumables

Unlike the original Instax SQUARE camera, namely the analog-digital hybrid SQUARE SQ10, the SQ6 model embodies a completely different idea. Outwardly, it resembles the instagram logo, which is why it is aimed at a younger audience who are used to sharing pictures on this social platform. The camera is powered by two CR2 batteries and allows you to get at the output of square photos with dimensions of 6.2 by 6.2 cm. In addition, the first panel has a special mirror for selfie. Fujifilm allows you to use the built-in filters for the flash (orange, purple and green), which can instantly change the color palette of the finished image. And since the body of this model is not as bulky as that of many other models from the list, it is convenient to take the camera with you on a trip or to a party.

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Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat

Focal length: 60 mm f / 8 | Focus modes: close-up, normal, landscape | Flash: Built-in | Timer: no

Pros :

  • Bright design
  • Built-in flash

Minuses:

  • No timer for automatic shooting
  • Expensive considering the cost of additional lenses

Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat is perhaps one of the most beautiful cameras in the list. The model hit the market with a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign and is available in several color options. The main difference between the camera and its competitors is that it can be used with different lenses (fisheye, wide-angle, large, etc.) that are purchased separately. For images using a wide mini film Fujifilm. Among other features of the camera can be noted high-quality built-in flash and custom exposure. And although Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat does not have a timer, this is unlikely to be a serious reason to influence the buying decision.

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Instant Photo Camera Film

  • Instax Mini is one of the most common types of film. Suitable for photos in 62 x 46 mm format.
  • Instax Wide - almost twice as much and more expensive Instax Mini. Suitable for photos in the format of 99 x 62 mm.
  • Polaroid I-Type - Designed specifically for I-1 and OneStep 2 models. Be careful, I-Type comes without batteries.
  • Polaroid 600 - designed for Polaroid 600 cameras, but can also be used with the Impossible I-1 and OneStep 2 cameras.

Source: www.techradar.com

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