10 Best Instant Cameras Worth Buying in India (2022)

What Are Instant Cameras? - Why Buy One?

If you are looking to purchase an instant camera (Polaroid Camera) to quickly click and print photos, we have 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 10Best Instant Cameras that are available for purchase and offer excellent features for the price.

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 with 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 for taking brighter images, it is especially good for taking portraits.

The camera comes with a New Selfie Mirror and a 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 packs with new AA batteries).
  • 1-year warranty.

PROS

  • Get a colored and black-and-white printed photo on the spot with easy-to-use controls.
  • The macro adapter clip-on keeps subjects focused about 13-20 inches.
  • Sturdy and classy build.

CONS

  • Landscape shooting becomes uncomfortable due to shutter placement.
  • Avg Image Clarity.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Fujifilm always comes with amazing photography products, and I am a big fan of their mirrorless cameras.

Fujifilm mini 11 instant camera

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is a simple to use Instant camera that offers decent image details without compromising on the print quality.

The camera is pretty affordable and is available for under 6K ($80), comes with a 5 MP lens that can shoot 62mm x 46mm images.

Moreover, it also becomes easy for the user to capture bright images in low light conditions due to the Automatic exposure feature.

It comes with two customizable shutter buttons and is available in 5 refreshing colors that include Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Clear Purple, Clear Yellow, and Smokey White.

Additionally, you also got a selfie mode in it, and with the help of the attached front mirror, you can check your framing and capture beautiful selfies.

KEY SPECIFICATION:

  • Offers a 5 MP camera lens.
  • Picture size – 62mm x 46mm.
  • Viewfinder – Real image finder, 0.37x, with target spot.
  • Good for low light imaging too.
  • Close-up range 30 to 50cm.
  • Also has an auto-exposure and selfie mode for bright pic and selfies, respectively.
  • Power supply – Two AA-size alkaline batteries.
  • Capacity – approx. 10 Instax mini film packs of 10 exposures each.
  • Takes approx. Ninety seconds for the development of the image.
  • Price - Rs 5,726.

PROS

  • Automatic exposure at an affordable rate
  • Close focus lens and mirror for a selfie.
  • AA batteries allow to take up to 100 shots.

CONS

  • Lacks tripod socket for mounting on a tripod.
  • No creative modes.

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 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 offer 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 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 seconds for image development.

PROS

  • Multiple modes for fun shooting.
  • Automatic operations with square format prints.
  • Best and affordable instant camera with a compact design

CONS

  • The lens could be sharper.
  • The company should work on batteries.

Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

The Kodak instant print camera allows you to shoot a new photo while printing the previous shot.

Additionally, it has a compact size and a charming design that comes in a variety of bold colors like orange, green, blue, and black.

Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print camera

It prints vibrant 2x3" photos on a zink photo paper. So, there is no need for ink cartridges, toners, or film.

Moreover, this camera is simple to use even kids can easily use this amazing camera without facing any difficulty.

The camera is equipped with a light sensor that will automatically turn ON the flash when you click pictures in low light conditions.

KEY SPECIFICATION:

  • Offers a 10MP camera lens.
  • Picture size – 2x3 inches.
  • Also good for low light imaging.
  • Provide two picture modes - vibrant color and black and white
  • Comes with a built-in flash.
  • MicroSD card slot(32GB) to expand memory.
  • Power supply – 1 lithium polymer battery.
  • Capacity –can load a single pack of 10 papers at a time.
  • Instantly print the photo.
  • Price - Rs 7,949.

PROS

  • Photos are saved digitally to develop print
  • A perfect mixture of digital and analog photography with excellent battery life
  • It can store photos on a microSD card.

CONS

  • Photo quality can be more consistent.
  • Not a good choice for dim light shoots.

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 8499, 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 pics and selfies, respectively.
  • Power supply - Two CR2 lithium batteries.
  • Capacity - Approx. 30 Instax square 10-pack film pack with new CR2 batteries.
  • Takes 90 seconds for the development of the image.

PROS

  • Mirror and close focus for selfies
  • Excellent capturing details and colors
  • Outdoor exposures maintain accuracy
  • Comfortable to hold and easy-to-operate

CONS

  • Lacks self-timer
  • Photos are small in size compared to polaroid cameras.

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera comes with a signature Polaroid instant simplicity and spontaneity in a pocket-sized form factor.

Additionally, it combines digital imaging with Zero Ink printing enabling you to easily print and share physical photos at the push of a button, while saving all your images for easy uploading.

Polaroid Snap instant digital camera

For capturing beautiful images, it has a powerful 10MP sensor moreover you are able to insert a microSD card (32GB max) to expand the memory.

It offers 6 picture modes which include normal, black & white, vintage, Polaroid border logo format in normal, black & white, and vintage while the print dimension is 2x3” full-color using Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology.

The camera offers Smudge-proof, water-resistant, and tear-resistant photos and comes with a built-in lithium-ion battery.

KEY SPECIFICATION:

  • Simple and pocket-friendly design.
  • Offers a 10MP camera lens.
  • Picture size – 2x3'' full color.
  • Comes with a Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology.
  • Viewfinder – Raise the viewfinder to power on and lower it to power off.
  • Has a microSD card slot(32GB) to expand memory.
  • Offers 6 picture modes - normal, black & white, vintage, Polaroid border logo format in normal, black & white, and vintage.
  • The output image will be Smudge-proof, water-resistant, and tear-resistant.
  • Power supply – Built-in lithium-ion battery.
  • Also has a battery indicator.
  • Price - Rs 13,281.

PROS

  • Captures 10 MP photos
  • Good picture quality with good details
  • Suitable for landscapes and wide shots

CONS

  • Weak flash; light balance could not be maintained.
  • Average battery life allows to take up to 20 prints.

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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
  • It provides optical zoom up to 10x.
  • The camera has a direct optical viewfinder.
  • Also has unlimited multiple exposures.
  • It comes with a flash color filter to add colors to your photos.
  • It has a mirror at the front for selfies.
  • Power supply - 4 x AAA battery.

PROS

  • Excellent capture with a wide-angle lens
  • Built-in flash and bulb exposure mode create detailed prints.
  • Easy point and shoot operations

CONS

  • The camera is heavy compared to other instant cameras
  • Bit expensive

Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

This instant camera comes with 10MP sensors and a wide-angle f/2 lens that can click and print high-quality colored or B&W photos.

Kodak instant camera

It has a light sensor that will automatically use the flashlight in the low light or at night.

Despite its many technological advancements, the Kodak Printomatic Camera is an easy-to-use and has a microSD card slot to save photos.

The print size of the photo is 2x3 inches, uses Kodak Zink Photo Paper is durable, water-resistant, tear-resistant, smudge-free, and adhesive-backed.

KEY SPECIFICATION:

  • Offers a 10MP camera lens and a wide-angle f/2 lens.
  • Picture size – 2x3 inches.
  • Optical viewfinder.
  • Good for low light imaging.
  • Output images are durable, water-resistant, tear-resistant, smudge-free, and adhesive-backed.
  • It comes with a built-in flash.
  • MicroSD card slot(32GB) to expand memory.
  • Power supply – 1 lithium polymer battery.
  • Capacity – Can load a single pack of 20 papers at a time.
  • Instantly print the photo.
  • Price - Rs 16,836.

PROS

  • The 10 MP Lens can shoot detailed images.
  • The in-built flash is was useful for indoor and low light imaging.
  • Support for micro-sd card and storing images digitally.

CONS

  • A bit more expensive than rivals.
  • Slightly higher cost of printing paper

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

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

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

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

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

You can switch between standard and portrait lenses 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.
  • It 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 of battery life.

PROS

  • Classic and great polaroid square color and monochrome film
  • It supports Bluetooth connectivity for manual exposure.
  • The close focus mode for portraits.

CONS

  • The film and camera are expensive.

man icon thoughtsConcluding Thoughts

These are some of the best Instant cameras currently available on 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.

In 1948, American scientist Edwin Land (Source Wikipedia) unveiled the first commercial instant camera. The camera was called "Land Camera" in honor of the scientist.

Note - Some people pronounce these cameras "Instax Cameras" or "Polaroids". Instax is a brand of Fuji films that makes Instant cameras, and Polaroid is one of the early companies to pioneer Instant cameras.

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