Although phone cameras have taken a bit of the shine from traditional cameras, traditional cameras are still quite popular. Traditional cameras nowadays have also been tailored to better serve users and compete favorably with mobile phone cameras. Additionally, instant cameras were created to fulfill the needs of users who wish to print their pictures immediately after taking them.
And, let’s face it, no one NEEDS to print their photos right away anymore, but damn it if it isn’t just cool to do so.
We bring you a few notable instant camera options.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Polaroid has shown continued commitment to changing with the times. This digital camera is one of the ways Polaroid has reinforced its commitment to their nostalgic fans, long after the massive popularity of their 1980s and 1990s vintage cameras.
This camera is a zero ink camera, so you don’t have to deal with ribbons and ink. Your picture is just a click away and sharing is enhanced with the inbuilt features of this camera. You can decide to print the pictures immediately or save them for future uploading to the internet or social media platforms.
As per Nerdwallet, “what makes the Polaroid Snap so appealing is its simplicity. Users don’t need to fiddle with a flash or focus the lens; just look through the pop-up viewfinder and click. The Snap shoots 10-megapixel photos and brings Instagram filters to life with its options for normal, black and white, or vintage sepia tone pictures.”
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera has a feature that allows it to adapt to the brightness of the environment and enhance the quality of the picture taken. The quality of the photo is ensured with adjustments in shutter and flash speed. This camera has the double exposure mode — you can take two photos by pressing the shutter twice in quick successions. The bulb mode allows you to photograph a light trail by leaving the shutter open, while the shutter button is pressed down. The kid’s mode setting adjusts the shutter and flash, so you can easily capture a photo of your son or daughter on a swing, while the macro mode setting allows you to more clearly capture objects that may be further away.
As per a review from popphoto, “I brought this camera to several holiday parties over the past week and a half and it was a hit at every single one. Everyone from little kids to older folks were mesmerized by the little prints. I was actually a bit surprised how novel the whole thing seemed when instant photography was once so prevalent. People gravitate toward it and want their photo taken with it, even those who might otherwise shy away from a digital camera. I even brought it to a classroom full of second graders and their minds were thoroughly blown.”
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
As per PC Mag, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera‘s “field of view is a moderate wide-angle, about the same as a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera. To put it in perspective, that’s a little tighter than most modern smartphones, which typically boast a wider 25 or 28mm prime as the main lens. New to the Mini 9 is a selfie mirror. It’s a simple, tiny mirror next to the lens. Point the camera at yourself and hold it at arm’s length and you’ll be able to frame up a selfie with ease.”
Yay, more selfies!
Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Camera
If you’re on a budget, the Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera may be for you. With its minimalist design, this 10-megapixel, point-and-shoot camera promises “a combination of a powerful 10MP sensor with a wide angle f/2 lens that instantly and automatically prints high-quality color or black and white photos directly from the camera body.”
So there you have it.
Every day there may be technological advances and yet we will always have a need for cameras — traditional, instant, and mobile ones. They’re an indispensable part of our lives.