Instant Cameras – Which Is Best? Old Style Polaroid Photos!

Whether you’re travelling around NZ or anywhere else – or just love taking fun photos at home – an instant camera takes us back to old times (probably before many of you were born) where Polaroid photos allowed instant gratification in print form. Today’s instant cameras bring back that excitement, and at better quality and easier to use cameras.

Whether you’re just relying on your smartphone, or you have a pocket camera or a good DSLR set up to capture that stunning scenery (not to mention close ups of the whales and wildlife), you might not have thought about another cool type of camera that can give a really different type of experience: instant cameras.

What is an Instant Camera?

The main object of this invention is to provide a combined camera and dark room in a single compartment.

The above is a quote directly from US patent number 1559795, filed in 1923 by Samuel Shlafrock as the earliest idea for an instant camera. It was not until 1948 that the first commercial instant camera was unveiled by an American scientist, Edwin Land.

The Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 was revolutionary and was able to produce prints within one minute of the photograph being taken!

Instant cameras bring back that old magic of Polaroid cameras – the ability to take a photo and instantly turn it into a print that you can hold in your hand. Unlike the Polaroids of yesteryear however, it is now possible to instantly print in full color using today’s instant cameras.

Who makes instant cameras today?

Many people might be surprised to learn that Polaroid cameras are still around – and the new modern versions are funky, fun and easy to use. Along with this original instant camera brand, FujiFilm also have a popular range of instant camera models.

Film or Digital?

Several modern instant cameras make use of film, whilst others are completely digital. Polaroid have both options available with several models in each category.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Instant Cameras

Instant cameras are unique and fun.

They’re affordable. They give you, as you’d expect, instant results.

They take you back to the days of Polaroid (even if most of us weren’t old enough to have one or even alive at the time). Everyone still knows what a Polaroid camera is.

There are certainly some very appealing benefits to having an instant film or digital camera.

So are there any disadvantages of instant cameras?

It really depends on how you look at things and what your needs are. If you’re a professional wedding or wildlife photographer, then clearly a small instant camera isn’t going to be the tool for the job. But these cameras aren’t made for professional use. They’re made for FUN!

With that in mind, are there any instant camera disadvantages to keep in mind?
Of course, if you want top class photographic images, that’s not the intended purpose of an instant camera. It’s all about capturing the moment, right in the moment, and holding it in your hand.

This list of instant camera advantages and disadvantages makes it easy to weigh up any pros and cons of purchasing one of these awesome little cameras.

They have a spceific purpose: to give you the ability to enjoy the Polaroid style of photography from days gone by, using the best of today’s technology, with the ability to print out the special moments instantly into the palm of your hand at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Polaroid Instant Cameras

The legendary Polaroid camera is now available in a more modern style, with the ability to instantly print color photos as soon as you snap them.

The Polaroid Pic-300 is a funky looking camera that comes in four cool colors (black, blue, purple and red). The size of the prints is a compact 2.1 x 3.4″ and being an analog camera, you get to experience that classic film look and feel using Polaroids own PIF-300 instant film. It feels like you’re using a classic Polaroid camera, but with the benefits of today’s technology.

As fun as the Pic-300 is to look at and use, if you really want that old style Polaroid feel then it’s the SX-70 that you will be looking at. With its traditional design, it looks exactly like the old style Polaroids but with the ability to print in color and the ability to auto focus.

Fujifilm Instax Instant Film Cameras

The Polaroid cameras of old days still have a special place in the heart of many people, but with today’s digital camera revolution often removing all connection to a printed version of photos, that special physical print has become something that people are starting to desire again.

Printing your own photographs from a regular digital camera can be time consuming and expensive, but having a camera that is both compact and provides simple and fast printing abilities means that you can print your snaps on demand. Fujigilm Instax instant film cameras make all of this possible.

The Instax instant photo system consists of the instant cameras themselves, as well as quality Fujifilm Instant Photo Films and Instant Photo Printers.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
FujiFilm Instax Mini 50S
Fujifilm Instax Wide 210
Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s

Fujifilm Instax Wide 210 Review

Format: Wide Format 62 x 99mm

Uses: Landscape, portraits, parties, macro close up

Inbuilt print brightness adjustment

The 210 is for you if you:

  • Love photographing groups of people
  • Enjoy landscape photography
  • Like getting up close to a subject and fitting lots in the frame

The Instax 210, with a print size of 62mm x 99mm is twice as wide as the regular Instax mini film. So instead of having to stitch two photos together, the 210 lets you fit heaps more into each frame AND make extra wide prints.

Included is a close up lens that allows you to take photos as close as 45cm from the subject.

The electronic flash automatically adjusts its intensity depending upon your distance from the subject, so you can leave it to the camera and focus on your composition.

The flash can work up to a range of 3 metres from the camera

The Instax 210 uses Fujifilm’s Instax WIDE film

Ten wide format prints can be made from each cartridge of WIDE film

Hello Kitty Instant Camera

Hello Kitty fans rejoice – instant camera makers have created a custom designed Hello Kitty shaped device just for you…. so this is a bit of a novelty appearances-wise, and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to carry around on your NZ travels; but it’s certainly a bit of fun and colour.

The extremely popular and highly regarded Fujifilm Instax line of cameras has a very special edition – a kitty shaped instant camera that you can take anywhere with you, and in style. We can confidentaly say that this camera is unlike ANY others out there. It’s truly unique and made especially for devoted Hello Kitty lovers.

The Hello Kitty camera is a custom design of the most popular instant camera available; the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. Same quality, same awesome photo prints as the regular Instax Mini 8, but all in Hello Kitty style.

Fujifilm Instax Hello Kitty Instant Film Camera Quick Facts

Format: Film

Selfie-friendly: Built-in self portrait mirror

Simple to use: Yes – brightness adjusts automatically

Accessories: Hello Kitty film, shoulder strap & stickers

Picture size: 5.4cm x 8.6cm (credit card size)

This really is a mini camera. It weighs under 400 grams and takes very cute little instant film pictures that you can print out right away.

Take a selfie with a friend, using the built in selfie mirror, and have it in your hands within minutes. Just like the old days of isntant Polaroid cameras!

The prints are about the size of a credit card – perfect for keeping in your purse or wallet.

You also get a funky strap and some gorgeous Hello Kitty stickers in the pack. Put them on your camera, or save them for use elsewhere.

Replacement Film for the Hello Kitty Instax Camera

This is a custom designed, special edition Fujifilm Instax camera and it uses the same film as the popular Instax Mini 8. These films are available in a big range of awesome styles so you can match your personality, or match the occasion. The film cartridges are very easy to load into the Hello Kitty camera and produce natural, vibrant skin tones and colors in your instant prints.

How To Buy the Hello Kitty Instant Film Camera

You can get the Hello Kitty instant camera on its own, or in a special limited edition bundle pack.

The limited edition pack contains a bunch of extra stuff in addition to the camera, including:

  • Fujifilm Instax Mini Hello Kitty Instant Film (10 Sheets)
  • Fujifilm INSTAX Mini Instant Film Rainbow (10 Sheets)
  • 64 Pocket photo album to fit your prints
  • Hello Kitty Stickers
  • Hello Kitty shoulder strap
  • 2 batteries
  • Lens Cleaning spray & brush all in one
  • Gentle microfiber cleaning cloth

The price of the Hello Kitty instant camera bundle is slightly more than the camera on its own, but the addition of the awesome Rainbow Instax film, plus the unique Hello Kitty accessories, make it a good buy and a special gift for any Hello Kitty lover.

Guide to Best Digital Instant Cameras

There are two types of instant camera for you to choose from: digital and film.

Many people love the nostalgia and fun of using a film instant camera for obvious reasons. But there are benefits to the digital versions too. If you’re thinking about purchasing an instant cam, one of these digital models might tick all the right boxes for your needs. I’ve reviewed the best models available for 2017 and compared them – to make your choice easier and faster.

Which instant cameras have been the stars of 2017 and are worth your hard earned money?

I’ve spent countless hours comparing the top instant cameras of this year to find out which ones are provide the best quality, features and value for money.

Sit down, relax, and read on to find out my top 7 best instant cameras of the year. I’ve provided a convenient summary just below if you’re short on time, or you can skip through and read about the individual cameras themselves. Finally, at the end of the this article I give you my conclusion and recommendations as well as a round up of the most awesome instant cameras that you can choose from right now!

Not surprisingly, the two dominant brands in the instant camera world make up the entire top 5 list: FujiFilm and Polaroid. Put simply, these two companies just know how to make awesome instant cameras and that’s reflected in their success and popularity.

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
2. Polaroid PIC-300
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
4. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
5. Polaroid Snap
6. Polaroid Z2300
7. Fujifilm Instax Mini 25