Yaoota’s Guide for the Best Instant Cameras in the Market

By: Ayman Hamdan & Heidi Soliman 

Although digital cameras have completely taken over the existence of instant cameras in the market for quite some time, the charm of printed photos cannot be denied. Especially that instant camera images are printed instantaneously after being captured, and without the hassle of waiting a long time for photos to be processed from a photography studio.

While instant camera  cannot be used professionally or in art photography as their photos’ quality, the field of depth, and light exposure are not as professional as in digital cameras, having the image you just captured in your hands is more exciting than viewing it on the camera’s viewfinder. If you are interested in instant cameras then check out Yaoota’s Guide for the Best Instant Cameras in the Market 

There are two different types of instant cameras:

Polaroid

Polaroid is a well-known company that produces instant cameras. Polaroid cameras are similar to basic digital cameras; they save images on a memory card and record videos as well. Image printing is an additional quality in this type of cameras.

Printing is processed by a printing technology called “Zero Ink,” which is printing on Zink paper. Each sheet of the Zink paper inside the camera contains several layers of dye crystals. These crystals remain colorless before printing. After printing, the heat causes a chemical reaction in the crystals and they turn into a rich colored dye, then the image is created without the use of ink.

The printed image is water-resistant and cannot easily be torn. That makes Polaroid a perfect choice when there are kids in the house. The most known Polaroid cameras are the Polaroid snap and the Polaroid Z2300.

Fuji Instax

These instant cameras use a specific kind of print sheets that contain all the chemical substances necessary for printing an image. As soon as the image is captured, it gets printed on the sheet. Unlike Polaroid, the Fuji Instax camera does not digitally save images on a memory card; it only prints one copy of the image after the image is captured.

Fuji has produced many models of Instax instant cameras, some of the cameras, like Fuji instax, print small sized images (4.6 × 6.2 cm), while others print average-sized images (6.2 × 9.9 cm).

If instant cameras are on your wish list, you are in luck because this Yaoota guide will present the features of instant cameras and their prices as well, which will make it easier for you to compare prices from different online outlets. That way, you will be able to find the best price that matches your budget.

*The prices mentioned here are based on the pricing during the publishing of this article. Prices may differ, as prices go up and down depending on the fluctuation of the market.  

*Polaroid Cameras:

Polaroid Snap

This camera is known for its simple, yet elegant design. It can print images instantly without the need of ink, as it uses ‘Zero Ink’ printing technology. The Zink paper contains dye crystals that turn into rich colors after being exposed to heat. This camera has the feature of saving a digital copy of the images on the memory card.

Polaroid Snap Features:

  • 10MP digital camera.
  • 3.4mm focal lens.
  • f/2.8 lens aperture.
  • Shoots video with 720p.
  • Featured with Instagram filters that give images a unique look.
  • Micro SD Slot accepts up to 32GB.
  • 4.6 x 6.2 cm full-color prints using Zink® Zero Ink® Printing Technology.
  • Self-timer (10 sec).
  • 20 print sheets per pack.
  • 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery.
  • Available in black, white, red, and blue.

Pros of Polaroid Snap:

  • Digitally saves images on the SD card, so you can later reuse the images either by sharing them on social media or by reprinting them.
  • It allows you to select specific images to be printed, as it does not print images automatically.
  • Pocket-sized and easy to carry around.
  • Takes 6 shots in 10 sec.

Cons of Polaroid Snap:

  • Poor lighting degrades the quality of images.
  • The built-in LED flash is basically a lamp.
  • No LCD viewfinder to display captured images.
  • Images are low in quality and color-richness.
  • It is a little slower than other cameras when it comes to Fuji image printing.
  • No internal memory.

You can check out Polaroid Snap here.

Polaroid Z2300 Camera

This camera is packed with many features; it comes with a 3-inch LCD screen and an internal memory (32MB) which can be increased by using an additional SD card. The camera shoots 720p HD videos. You have the option to either print the images you captured in black & white with colored shadows or in colors.

Polaroid Z2300 Features:

  • 10MP 1/3.2″ CMOS Image Sensor.
  • 3.0″ LCD Monitor.
  • Digital Zoom: 4x.
  • It has two focal point positions:
    – Normal position: For shooting an object within a distance of 1 meter to ∞.
    – Macro position: For shooting an object within a distance of 19 cm to 24 cm.
  • Built-in flash with an effective range (up to 2.1 m).
  • Built-in digital microphone and headphone.
  • 720p HD video with a frame rate of 30/sec.
  • Prints 4.6*6.2 cm color photos in less than a minute.
  • SD compatible for expanded memory (up to 32GB) and it can support another memory card.
  • Rechargeable Lithium battery.
  • Weighs 264g.

Pros of Polaroid Z2300:

  • High-quality image printing in bright light and very good quality in poor lighting.
  • Ability to select which images to print.
  • LCD screen that allows you to view images and adjust the image settings.
  • Built-in strong flash that makes images clear in quality and colors even in poor lighting.
  • Small and easy to carry around.
  • Options for printing images:
    – You can view and crop images before printing.

    – You can print the date and file number.
    – You can add different and unique frames to images rather than the classic Polaroid frame.
    – You can print images in black & white and in shadows with the colors of the Polaroid logo.

Cons of Polaroid Z2300:

  • The viewpoint of the images is narrower than Polaroid snap.
  • Digital zooming greatly jeopardizes the image quality.

You can check out Polaroid Z2300 here.

 

Fuji Cameras

Firstly: Cameras that print in a mini format

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant camera is a very simple camera, with an elegant appearance and comes in many attractive colors.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Features:

  • It has various levels for adjusting the brightness, to control the amount of light exposure suitable for the image.
  • It has an indicator to set the appropriate exposure level, but the exposure level is adjusted manually.
  • The shutter speed is fixed (1/60 sec) and does not change.
  • Aperture lens f/12.7.
  • Lens focal length 60 mm.
  • 10 Fuji Instax print sheets (64 × 2 cm).
  • Flash works automatically and cannot be turned-off.
  • The camera comes in various colors (red, white, rose, black, and yellow).
  • Runs on two alkaline batteries.
  • Dimensions: 11.6cm x 11.8cm x 6.8cm.
  • Weighs 307g (without batteries).

 

Pros of Fujifilm Instax Mini 8:

  • Easy to use, it takes only a few simple steps to snap a picture.
  • Known for its elegant design and attractive colors that make it look like an elegant toy.

Cons of Fujifilm Instax Mini 8:

  • Does not have zoom-in feature or auto-focus.
  • Shutter speed is fixed and is considered slow. The camera needs to be locked-in properly by the hand so that the image will not come out blurry.
  • The camera does not save images digitally, so the images cannot be used later on any of the social media platforms, like Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  • Images captured in poor lighting come out with much poorer quality.
  • The flash cannot be turned-off in poor lighting.

You can check out Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 here.

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70

This camera is more advanced than the Instax Mini 8. It contains many special features. Its selfie mode makes it easy to take a selfie. There are two positions of the focal length of the lens (long and short). It also has a tripod socket and much more special features.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Features:

  • Various levels for adjusting the brightness and the amount of light exposure appropriate for your image.
  • Automatic exposure control.
  • Selfie mode and a front-mirror to make taking selfies easy.
  • Has a 3-range of focusing:
    – Macro Mode: For capturing an object within a distance of 30 cm – 60 cm
    – Normal Mode: For capturing an object within a distance of 60 cm – 300 cm
    – Landscape Mode: For capturing an object within a distance of 3 m and beyond
  • Programmed electronic shutter release, lowest 1/2 sec – highest 1/400 sec.
  • Contains 10 Fuji INSTAX mini (2 × 3 inches) print sheets.
  • Built-in automatic flash with a range up to 2.7 m.
  • Electronically controlled self-timer (approx. 10-second delay).
  • LCD monitor to view images.
  • The camera is available in various colors (black, white, yellow. blue, red and gold).
  • Power supply: rechargeable lithium batteries.
  • Weights: (without batteries) 281g.
  • Camera dimensions 2mm × 113.7 mm × 53.3 mm.

Pros of Fujifilm Instax Mini 70:

  • Smaller in size than Fuji Instax Mini 8.
  • Selfie mode to set-up colors, brightness and other settings needed for selfies.
  • Top lighting position.
  • Powerful flash.

Cons of Fujifilm Instax Mini 70:

  • Does not save images digitally, and cannot be used later on social media platforms.
  • Pictures taken in poor lighting are of much poorer quality.

You can check out Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 here.

 

Secondly: Cameras that print in a wide format

Fujifilm Instax Wide 210

The best feature of this camera is the wide format of the print sheets; it reaches twice the size of the sheets in all the previously mentioned instant cameras. This size is suitable for landscape and nature photography. It is suitable for group pictures. It is also characterized by its high image quality and color-richness.

Fujifilm Instax Wide 210 Features:

  • Various levels for adjusting the brightness and the amount of light exposure appropriate for your image.
  • Automatic exposure adjustment.
  • Two-range focus selectable shooting options:
    – Normal mode: 90-300cm

    – Landscape mode: 3m-Infinity
  • A programmed electronic shutter, with least speed of 1/64 sec and highest speed of 1/200 sec.
  • 10 print sheets of Fuji Instax Wide (6.2 × 9.9 cm).
  • Extra Macro piece for the lens used for close-ups.
  • The same piece has a mirror that is used for selfies.
  • Runs on 4 alkaline batteries.
  • Weighs 650g (without batteries).
  • Self-timer indicator.

Pros of Fujifilm Instax Wide:

  • Easy to use.
  • Controllable built-in flash and can be turned off when desired.

Cons of Fujifilm Instax Wide:

  • Big in size due to the wide format of the print sheets.
  • Images cannot be saved digitally.
  • The image quality degrades in poor lighting.
  • Cannot be placed on a tripod.

You can check out Fujifilm Instax Wide 210 here.

 

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

The image is NOT related to Yaoota as the rest of the images above!

This is another camera by Fuji for wide format printing. It is suitable for use in celebrations, special occasions, and for landscapes. Its unique quality is its modern and elegant design.

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Features:

  • Various levels for adjusting the level of brightness.
  • Automatic exposure adjustment.
  • Two-range focus selectable shooting options:
    – Normal mode: 90-300cm

    – Landscape mode: 3m-Infinity
  • Programmed electronic shutter, with least speed of 1/64 sec and highest speed of 1/200 sec.
  • 10 print sheets of Fuji Instax Wide (6.2 × 9.9 cm).
  • Built-in, automatic electronic flash only in poor lighting. It could be turned off when desired.
  • Runs on 4 alkaline batteries.
  • Dimensions: 167.8mm x 94.7mm x 120.9mm.
  • Weighs 612g (without batteries).
  • Self-timer indicator.

Pros of Fujifilm Instax Wide 300:

  • Wide image format.
  • High-quality production.
  • Tripod socket.
  • Flash can be turned off even in poor lighting.
  • ‘Fill-in flash” by flash-on button feature: uses backlight to enhance photos.

Cons of Fujifilm Instax Wide 300:

  • Big in size.
  • Does not save images digitally.
  • Does not have LCD screen.

You can check out Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 here.

 

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