Since their development years ago, the instant cameras niche has grown significantly, and with that the quality of products on offer. Unlike in the past when instant cameras were bulky and inefficient accessories that individuals had trouble carrying around, size has reduced dramatically. Lenses and overall build quality has improved significantly, while their affordability has eased access by individuals of all cadres. If you are a photography enthusiast and want a new model that you can use regularly, this article reviews the top 10 best in 2016 based on their performance, build quality, and the quality of photos people get.
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10. Polaroid One600
This old model of the acclaimed Polaroid One600 line of instant cameras is a quality classic accessory with a durable slate blue body that works well both indoors and outdoors. Light, portable, and with a professional-grade system that captures high quality instant photos in all environments, this digital camera benefits both hobbyists and professionals alike. The free focus lens it comes with captures excellent shots from distances as close use three feet while its built in flash (automated) illuminates dark areas well for a perfect shot every time. Polaroid One600 is affordable, durable, and has a foldable design that benefits frequent travelers.
9. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
Are you tired of the bulky and less productive instant camera in your possession? To get a durable, aesthetic, and easy to use model that you can carry along during your outdoor escapades and or use to cover birthdays and wedding parties when needed, Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is an innovative black-themed model with a plethora of innovative features that you will like. Its lens, for instance, is a powerful (95mm f14) and automatically extending model with two focus zones that you can use to customize your shots. The optical viewfinder offered is not only larger but also eases focusing, while its integrated tripod socket fits various tripod types and sizes for a stable and thus better photography experience. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is affordable and designed to capture stellar photographs indoors and outdoors.
8. Polaroid Snap
Light and with a technologically advanced system that never disappoints over the years, Polaroid Snap has remained sought after in the instant camera niche because of the quality that it offers. Featuring a stylish white casing manufactured using high-density plastic; it is durable and therefore perfect for outdoor exploration. The advanced ZINK Zero ink printing technology that it uses generates clear and feature-rich photos in all environments, while its unique minimalist design fits comfortably in pockets and backpacks in transit. Pricing is decent while the 10MP sensor and built in MicroSD card storage offered boosts its versatility.
7. Fujifilm INSTAX 210
Purchase an original Fujifilm INSTAX 210 to get quality and panoramic photographs in all environments. Its wide-angle design is invaluable. The large LCD control panel that it comes with supports tracking of both film count and focal distance, while its programmed (1/64 to 1/200 seconds) electronic shutter ensures that you never miss an interesting shot when covering birthday or wedding parties or while on safari. For just a few dollars, you also get a durable camera with two-range shooting options (selectable 0.9-3m and 3m-infinity), an automated flash that monitors your environment and light-up without your invention in the dark, and an ergonomic plastic body.
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 25
The Instax Mini 25 by Fujifilm features an aesthetic black body and a self-shooting gonzo technology that optimizes shooting settings to various scenarios for the best results. Durable, light, and portable, it is a perfect travel accessory. The genuine and original components (Fujinon lens and programmable electronic sensor) that it comes with are valuable, while its impressive speed (1/3 to 1/400 seconds), superior shooting range (50cm to infinity), and impressive viewfinder magnification (0.4 times distance control) boost its functionality in various environments. You also get a self-mirror mounted LCD display that displays film count and the status of its flash, for instance, and an ergonomic 11.2 x 12.1 x 5.1 cm plastic body that fits comfortably in hands.
5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo
In our top 10 best instant cameras reviewed in 2016, Instax Mini 90 Neo from Fujifilm has earned a spot mainly because of its decent pricing, ease of use, and the quality photographs that it produces in all environments. Featuring an aesthetic black and silver theme, it is also eye-catching and has a comfortable and fun-to-handle body that users appreciate. When in use, this instant camera detects surroundings and adjusts brightness automatically for the best experience. Its premium camera, on the other hand, is durable while its adjustable flash speed and double exposure mode allows you to customize the quality and type of photographs produced on demand, and with minimal effort. You also get a macro model for shooting distortion-free short distance photographs (30-60 cm), a novel bulb mode for capturing light trails, and a kid mode for both novices and kids.
4. Polaroid One600 Pro Instant 600
Sought-after globally for its compact and travel worthy design, Polaroid One600 Pro Instant 600 has also won the hearts of millions of instant photography enthusiasts for its ease of use and the premium components and technologies offered. Encased in a durable platinum and black themed case, for instance, the focus free lens and premium sensor that it comes with guarantee instant photo gratification at distances as close as two feet with minimal tinkering and or exposure control. Its digitized LCD display eases customization of photography jobs and shooting, while its auto flash kicks in automatically to improve picture quality in all environments. You do no longer have to worry about your photographs blacking out because of you forgot to turn on flash.
3. Polaroid PIC-300
Designed to capture instant business card sized photographs (color) in both high and low light environments, Polaroid PIC-300 is a feature-rich camera with a compact design, a power-efficient system, and four built in scene settings that will help you to shoot quality photographs with little effort. Its high-speed shutter (1/60 sec) responds well in all environments. Its automated flash feature is also invaluable, while the dry to touch and water-resistant prints that it generates are clear and have adhesive backs.
2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
With each new Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 that you purchase, you get a durable white-themed instant camera with a lighter and slimmer body, a high-powered LED flash, and a newly developed Key Mode that softens and brightens photographs for a clearer and natural look. Its improve viewfinder boosts visibility and clarity further while its aesthetic design is innovative.
1. Fujifilm Instax Hello Kitty
Featuring a playful pink-themed kitty theme that most hobbyists appreciate, this mini 8 Fujifilm camera is innovative and has a feature-rich system that will help you to shoot clear, brighter, and natural-looking photographs on demand. Its High-Key mode, for instance, has improved how people shoot portraits. The limited edition accessories that it comes with (shoulder strap, stickers, and kitty film) are invaluable, while its convenient brightness settings and the powerful close-up (30 cm) lens that it comes with enhance its functionality.