What Are Instant Cameras & Why to Buy One?

If you are looking for purchasing an instant camera to quickly click and print photos we have got some of the best suggestions for you.

There are several Instant Cameras available in the market – affordable or premium to shoot creative pics quickly and print these on paper right away.

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

Instant Cameras are cool to own if you want to shoot photos of kids or you want to make an album with those cute colored square pics to capture memories.

Instant cameras are not going to give a DSLR-like quality or even won’t be able to compete with flagship mobiles in terms of clarity.

But you get great colors, a bit of raw appeal to the images that look more natural and casual.

What is the Cost of Instant Camera Film and How Much Does Each Photograph Cost?

Instant Cameras 20 shots film is available for Rs. 999 so the cost of one image is about Rs. 50 which is a bit higher but the benefit is that you don’t have to wait for getting your images developed at a local studio.

Let’s check out the 6 Best Instant Cameras that are available for purchase and offer excellent features for the price.

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera 

The first one on the list is the Intanx Mini 9 and it is one of the cheapest Instant cameras that you can purchase.

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a simple instant camera that comes with some basic features like automatic exposure adjustment according to your surrounding environment.

The camera also comes with a built-in flash (though I won’t recommend using flash) and it also has a high-Key mode: that allows taking brighter images, it is especially good for taking portraits.

The camera comes with a New Selfie Mirror and close-up lens for taking better selfies.

The camera can click instant credit card size colored photos.  

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera 

The Mini 9 instant camera is available on Amazon for purchase along with a price tag of Rs 3,932.

Key Specification:

  • Offers lens – 2 components, 2 elements, f = 60mm.
  • Provide optical zoom of 0.01 inches.
  • Picture dimension – 62mm x 46mm.
  • Comes with an auto-brightness adjustment facility.
  • Also has a mirror at the front for selfies.
  • Viewfinder – Real image finder, 0.37x, with target spot.
  • Focusing range – 0.35 to infinity.
  • Effective flash range – 0.6m – 2.7m.
  • Power supply – Two AA-size 1.5V alkaline batteries.
  • Capacity – 100 shots(Approx. 10 Instax mini film pack with new AA batteries).
  • 1-year warranty.

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Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera

We can say that the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is an advanced version of an Instax Square SQ1 and it comes with a price tag of Rs 7,928.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera

The SQ6 instant camera looks like a professional camera and has some incredible features like macro mode, selfie mode, and automatic exposure control.

The camera produces square images with a 1:1 aspect ratio and also uses the Instax Square film. Also, it comes with automatic exposure control for taking images that are not too over or underexposed.

There are three filters available to use on the flash offers Orange, Purple, and Green tint to your images.

Also, the image size is about 50% larger than the Instax Mini.

Key Specification:

  • Offers lens 3.7 MP camera.
  • Provide optical zoom of up to 1x.
  • Picture size – 62mm x 62mm.
  • Viewfinder – inverted Galilean finder, 0.4x, with target spot.
  • Comes with a 3 flash color filter to add colors to your photos.
  • Offers an auto-exposure control, landscape mode, dark/light mode, selfie mode, and macro mode.
  • Power supply – Two CR2 lithium batteries.
  • Capacity – Approx. 30 Instax square 10-pack film pack with new CR2 batteries.
  • Takes 90 second for image development.

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Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Square  SQ1 comes with a good grip than the Square SQ6 and has a professional look and most of the specs and features are the same as the SQ6.

The Fujifilm Instant Square SQ1 instant camera is available at a price tag of Rs 9,470 which is higher than the SQ6.

To operate the camera you need to give a twist to the lens to turn it on and twist it again for the selfie mode.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera

In my opinion, both the SQ1 and the SQ6 are very similar, the SQ1 is available cheaper at the moment and I would suggest buying it.

Key Specification:

  • Offers a 3.7MP camera lens.
  • Picture size – 62mm x 62mm.
  • Viewfinder – reverse Galilean finder, 0.4x, with target spot.
  • Provide optical zoom up to 1x.
  • Close-up range 30 to 50cm.
  • An auto-exposure and selfie mode for bright pic and selfie respectively.
  • Power supply – Two CR2 lithium batteries.
  • Capacity – Approx. 30 Instax square 10-pack film pack with new CR2 batteries.
  • Takes 90 second for the development of the image.

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KODAK Smile Instant Print Digital Camera

The KODAK smile instant camera is a good combination of cool looks and cutting-edge tech. It comes with a sliding mechanism feature to turn on the camera, reveal the lens and take images. This feature also ensures that the camera did not turn on accidentally in your pocket.

The Kodak Smile offers some of the features that are otherwise not present on Instant Cameras. It has an LCD display to check out the composition and you can also view images stored on the SD card.

It also has a built-in editor and comes with a 10 MP camera that can capture more details than the low MP camera on Fuji.


KODAK Smile Instant Print Digital Camera

This Kodak’s instant camera is available on Amazon for purchase at a price of Rs 12,999.

Key Specification:

  •  A better 10MP camera lens.
  • Provide optical zoom of 2x.
  • Comes with 2” x 3” ZINK photo paper.
  • An automatic flash, and fixed focus feature in the camera.
  • A color filter and photoshoot mode feature editing.
  • Also has an LCD viewfinder display.
  • Compatible up to 256GB microSD card slot.
  • Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery along with a micro USB charging cable.
  • Can print 40 images as per a single charge.

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Lomography Lomo instant camera

Lomography is one of the best instant cameras on this list. It provides high-quality and clear images and comes with features that are rare to find on instant cameras.

It has a 38mm wide-angle glass lens support. Also, the camera comes with tons of accessories to make it easy to shoot images.  There is also a close-up lens for closer shots.

Lomography lomo instant camera

This product is available for a price tag of Rs 16,575.

Key Specification:

  • Offers a 38mm wide-angle glass lens.
  • Picture size – 42mm x 64mm.
  • Close-up range up to 0.4m
  • provides optical zoom up to 10x.
  • Comes with a direct optical viewfinder.
  • Also has unlimited multiple exposures.
  • comes with a flash color filter to add colors to your photos.
  • Also has a mirror at the front for selfies.
  • Power supply – 4 x AAA battery.

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Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

Polaroid Original OneStep+ instant camera comes with some advanced and exciting features along with a high price of Rs 21,999.

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

The body of the camera is made from polycarbonate and ABS plastics with having a look of vintage cameras and also offers 60 days battery life on a single charge.

The camera offers – Full manual control with double exposure, shooting light painting, noise trigger, and comes with an IOS and Android App to control the camera.

You can switch between two lenses – standard and portrait to shoot images based on the scene.

The camera works with i-Type & 600 films. The camera has Bluetooth connectivity and you can pair it with your mobile to control it.

Key Specification:

  • Offers a standard and portrait lens.
  • Provide FOV(Field of View) – Vertical(41 degree) and Horizontal(40 degree).
  •  FHD(1920*1080).
  • Support Bluetooth connectivity with features
    • Full manual control.
    • Double exposure.
    • Light painting.
    • Noise trigger.
  • has a powerful flash and self-timer mode.
  • Also has an external viewfinder barrel.
  • Supportable with both iOS and Android.
  • Also compatible with an I-type and 600 films.
  • Rechargeable 1100mAh battery with USB charging cable.
  • Offers 60 days battery life.

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man icon thoughtsConcluding Thoughts

These are some of the best Instant cameras that are currently available in the market. Pick the one that best suits your budget. The Fuji cameras offer affordable means to click cool photos, but if you want better quality Kodak, Lomography and the Poloroid are viable choices.

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