Digital photos are awesome, but there’s nothing like being able to hang a physical photo on your fridge or placing special photos in frames to show them off around your home or office. Did you know that the age of the Polaroid instant photo hasn’t disappeared? Over the last several years a revival has taken place with several interesting instant cameras sprouting up on the market.
Having played around with a couple of these myself, I have to say it’s been a really fun experience. Taking a photo and waiting for it to print out is exciting (which is weird for me to say considering I love instant gratification). And there’s something cool about having to frame a shot right the first time (i.e. not having unlimited attempts to perfectly capture a moment): it takes a measure of skill and some actual thought. In other words, shooting on a camera that spits out a real, live print is truly worth doing on the right occasion.
Whether you long for the days of the original Polaroid, are looking for an awesome gift idea or just want to experience something new (or is it old…) then these instant cameras might be right up your alley!
Leica Sofort Instant Camera
The Leica Sofort Instant Camera is a high quality camera that allows macro, party, self-portrait and sport modes.
Impossible Project I-1 Analog Instant Camera
Impossible’s I-1 is an instant that also works with an app for greater control and creativity. It’s not without it’s quirks but offers a lot of features and charm.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
For a compact instant camera, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Film Camera has a sleek, solid design and weighs only half a pound. The Mini 70 has a tripod socket and selfie mirror.
Impossible Polaroid 600
Impossible bought Polaroid and is now selling it’s original Polaroid 600‘s completely refurbished. They have an appealing 80’s feel and come in a variety of colors in limited quantity.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera has a kids mode and macro mode along with a double exposure mode to allow you to capture two images in one photo.
Lomography Lomo’Instant Sanremo
The Lomo’Instant Camera Sanremo is a retro brown camera allows you to take long exposure shots and unlimited multiple exposures. You can change out the lenses and use color gels over the flash for lots of creativity.