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The 6 best instant cameras for fun-seeking photographers

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much is a Polaroid worth?

Remember the good ol’ days of Polaroids? Thankfully, they’re back. One could argue that they never really left, they just took a long break. But whatever it may be – they’re new and improved and back from the dead. And since they’re trendy, you have a plethora of options. But with so many to choose from, how do you know which one is the best for you?  That’s why we’re here. Listed below are six of the best instant cameras you can buy based on your budget, lifestyle and the device’s design.

1) Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

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Amazon rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Just because you’re using an instant camera doesn’t mean you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite cinematic features. Fujifilm understands we all have our preferences, and that even though aesthetic isn’t everything, it does play a deciding role in a lot of photographers’ playbooks. That’s why the photo gurus designed an instant camera that features an automated 95mm lens with dual focal zones. Complete with a built-in flash and light controls, this is pretty much THE instant camera of all instant cameras.

Price: $93.83+ (regularly $129.99) 

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2) Kodak PRINTOMATIC

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Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Unlike many other instant cameras, the PRINTOMATIC by Kodak uses ZINK photo paper instead of bulky, environmentally unfriendly cartridges (not to mention pricey). Kodak’s ZINK photo paper is high quality, smudge-proof and even comes with an optional sticky backing!  So you can print your most exciting memories and display them wherever you please.

Price: $67.48

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3) Polaroid OneStep 2

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Amazon rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If this looks familiar, it’s because it should. Inspired by the original 1977 Polaroid OneStep, this version got a revamp that seamlessly blends classic Polaroid design with contemporary style and features. The long-lasting, rechargeable battery is powered by a USB cord so you can juice up pretty much anywhere. That also means you’re saving money (and the planet) by not having to restock on batteries, w00-hoo! Additionally, the Polaroid OneStep 2 works with all styles of i-Type and 600 film, so you have the freedom to choose. Designed with shutter and focus control, it will deliver beautiful photos every time.

Price: $99.99

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4) Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

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Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Fujifilm Instax series has probably had the most viral success of all instant cameras to date, and there’s a reason for that. The entire series is affordable, but as you move towards the newer models you get higher quality photos and better functionality. The Instax Mini 9 features a macro lens adapter, auto exposure, a selfie mirror, and a portrait mode. Another perk of the Instax series is the variety of film – choose from monochrome, black and white, and fun borders!

Price: $49

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5) Polaroid Snap Touch

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Amazon rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you want the ultimate control at your fingertips, the Polaroid Snap Touch is exactly what you need. The 13MP camera features a touch screen that allows you to switch between three modes: color, black and white, and vintage sepia. The instant print cam can also shoot videos in 1080p and can connect to your phone via Bluetooth  – which means you can unleash your creativity in editing apps, in addition to the convenient snap and share feature.

Price: $173.95

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6) Kodak Mini SHOT

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Amazon rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This may be the tiniest instant cam yet – measuring the size of a credit card. Which is great for busy people, travelers, and those fond of multi-tasking. Don’t let its small size fool you: this baby packs the power of a regular-sized Kodak cam! So you can snap happy knowing it’s taking high-quality photos. This instant cam also features endless editing capabilities, so before you print (or connect and share via a smart device) you can add your signature touch.

Price: $119.99+ 

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.