Admittedly, we have tossed around the subject of Instant cameras now and then without any real in-depth insight. So, to pay the subject proper respect, My-Picture.co.uk has created a little section dedicated exclusively to some of the best Instant camera models out there, cameras that could easily become a great Christmas surprise for a very special person in your life! After all, these devices have always been the off-mainstream darlings that never really went anywhere. Our assumptions will mainly be based on the price & quality ratio, so pardon if some of your favourites didn’t find a spot on this list.
Okay, the first of the best Instant camera models also bears the title of the most expensive gadget on this list! However, that’s not without its reason. Lomo’Instant Wide surely has its name well-deserved since the camera is pretty sizeable and cannot be considered the most convenient Instant device out there. However, what it lacks in compactness, it compensates for with impressive hardware. Lomo’Instant Wide is real craftsman’s work, and due to its fully programmatic shutter, it will automatically determine the necessary light levels. Essentially, your photos will always be perfectly exposed! The camera also contains interchangeable colour gels and a lens cap that serves as a shutter remote control. This is truly a beast of an Instant camera with numerous interesting features, and it also comes in a variety of beautiful colours!
Polaroid 600 type
Every person with a slight interest in Instant cameras has heard something about the Impossible Project at some point in their lives. First off, the guys involved in it pretty much saved the whole Polaroid industry in 2008, and they did so by basically rebuilding the whole thing from scratch. The relatively high price is there mainly for the novelty value. However, the camera does have some great chops! A simple, point and shoot variation, Type 600 is perfect for beginners who still want to check out the sensation of snapping with the most popular Instant device ever made. Being just as much a design feat as an operable camera, it allows the user to adjust the darkness or lightness of the shot and to set the focus length. Thankfully, these days it comes together with a protective film layer, thus your Polaroids won’t be damaged by the light anymore.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
This one is a hugely popular Instant camera model with an appearance that perfectly mixes the sophisticated and the toy-like. Although it’s mainly plastic, the device feels sturdy and well-crafted. The main reason behind its tremendous popularity? Pictures taken with it simply look great, like there’s a universal filter that adjusts itself to get the best out of a particular scene. Also, the use of the device is not much more complex than that of a smartphone camera. While the film coming with it has a pretty light-sensitive ISO of 800 and the lens has a fixed f/12.7 aperture, the built-in flash somehow is able to provide a natural aesthetic that’s in most cases better than what you get from most of the middle-of-the-road compact digital cameras. The colours, albeit not photographically accurate, look marvelous, providing every photo moment with the vintage charm you might have already expected. The only real downside? Photos coming out, despite being beautifully formatted, are really tiny. Like credit card tiny.
The landmark of the Instagram generation, Polaroid Snap lands here thanks to its charming appeal, convenient format, and more-than-compelling price tag. As its creators like to put it, “The snappy design fits into your clutch, and budget”. Polaroid Snap is a superb combination of charming retro features and efficient contemporary functions. If you’re a fan of picture quotes, the formats and effects of Polaroid Snap will be exactly your cup of tea! Essentially, it’s a 10 megapixel camera that offers three shooting modes: normal, B & W, and vintage sepia. For those obsessed with vintage authenticity, there’s also an option to add the classic Polaroid border logo. Capable of holding an SD of 32 GB, it allows you to both store your prints digitally and print them out right on the spot! Coming with a self-timer feature, one of the Snap’s undeniable strengths is its implementation of ZINK technology. Due to this pioneering technology, Polaroid Snap does not require any ink cartridges or ribbons.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
This was to be expected. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is a cross-generational phenomenon, performing as both a toy for the kids and a device for the adults to take sophisticated post-modern photography. There’s pretty much something for everybody, and for the shockingly low price you can acquire this device for (rarely exceeding the 50 £ mark), there’s simply no better option on the shelf at this point. It’ll automatically recommend the best aperture settings, while the viewfinder will frame your shots with surprising accuracy. If there’s any camera that could be a perfect Christmas gift for your friend, wife, kid, parent, and whichever person you can think of, then it has to be Fujifilm’s Instant-photo wonder! However, don’t forget to grab some extra film! You can get 20 snaps for less than 10 £. And, as we already mentioned, the camera can be utilized simply to have some casual fun with your friends as well as to take some really striking fine art photography!
Take a careful look at these since a great Instant camera might be the best option for somebody’s Christmas gift! And why not, since this is the perfect meet up between a toy and a serious technological gadget that’s able to provide you with some legitimately artistic snaps! My-Picture.co.uk wishes a great joy in the process to whoever finds one of these under the Christmas tree! As usual, you know what to do with the results!