If you long for the magic of instant photographs in this digital age of social media and selfies, two major camera companies – Polaroid and Fujifilm – are bringing the charm and joy of making instant memories into the twenty-first century.
In this S.A.S. guide, you’ll read comparisons of several of these companies’ best instant cameras, sourced by customer reviews, to help you decide which instant camera is the best choice for capturing your most cherished memories.
Polaroid PIC-300P Instant Film Analog Camera
An updated version of the classic Polaroid camera of the past, reviews on Amazon were overwhelmingly positive, as customers raved about how easy the PIC-300P is to use-easy enough even for children-and made a great companion at social gatherings.
However, they were less enthusiastic about the cost of the required film, which works out to $1 per picture, and the business-card size of the photographs.
Polaroid Z2300 10MP Digital Instant Print Camera
The Polaroid z2300 is a digital version of the classic instant camera, featuring a memory card that allows users to store photographs and load them to a computer.
While customers loved the design and the thrill of creating instant memories, they complained about the photo-booth-like image quality of the printed pictures, the short battery life, and the lack of included accessories.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White)
Users loved the portability of the Instax Mini – small enough to fit into a purse-and the various photo settings, which include an automatic sensor to detect light quality, giving them an added sense of creativity.
However, several customers complained that a film cartridge was not included with their purchase of the , as well as about the shortness of the film rolls.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera
A higher-end Instax model, the Instax Mini 90 boasts a charming retro design and comes with even more settings for instant photos, including double exposure and macro mode.
While these features make it fun to use for more serious photographers, it may be too costly for casual users.
Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant wide Photo Camera
Although larger than other Instax models, the Instax 210 is easy to use and takes a wider picture than the smaller models.
Its throwback design is also a great conversation starter at social events, which some customers say helps people smile more easily in instant photos than they do in digital photos and selfies.
Convenience vs. Creativity
Ultimately, research shows that the decision on whether to buy a Polaroid or Fujifilm instant camera comes down to a choice between convenience and creativity.
Customers who are looking for a simple camera that is easy to carry and to use will likely be more satisfied with a Polaroid camera. On the other hand, photographers seeking a more professional look for their photos may wish to invest in a Fujifilm Instax, as it features more options for creativity.
No matter which one you choose, taking pictures with an instant camera is a wonderful and nostalgic way to preserve precious memories for years to come.