All About Instant Cameras

Instant cameras offer all of the vintage feel and nostalgia of an old Polaroid from the seventies or eighties, but with all the bells and whistles of 21st-century camera technology. Once rare on the camera market, these cameras are now enjoying a revival as more people get interested in older photography techniques.

Instant cameras come in many shapes and sizes, use many different sized film, and can produce unique physical photos between 90 – 15 minutes. Instant cameras from companies like Polaroid, Fujifilm, Kodak, Lomo, and Leica use special film that develops in front of the photographers eyes or is printed out. Some cameras are a hybrid of digital and analogue that allow you to save and choose images to print while connecting to your smartphone while other cameras print the image straight from the camera, which helps to lower waste.

Below you’ll find a guide on some of the best instant cameras on the market. No matter whether you’re trying to take interesting photos or you want a fun camera for vacation, there’s likely to be a perfect instant camera on this list for you. Keep reading to learn more about these cameras, find out which have the features you want to take high-quality photos, what film is compatible with your camera, information about all the different instant film available, and best instant film by category.

Hybrid Digital Instant Cameras

Hybrid digital instant cameras are an instant camera type that offers the best of both worlds. It provides digital storage for photographs and allows users to print them off later, but it also has an instant mode that enables the photographer to produce a print right after taking an image. Many of them also great for the teenager in your life.

Hybrid instant cameras offer some of the greatest versatility out of any of the instant cameras available with features like digital storage, wireless connection that analog instant cameras don’t have to have the ability to choose what you print, a smartphone app, and ability to print images from your smartphone. Here are some of the best hybrid digital instant cameras you can find. 

Fujifim Mini EVO

Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO instant film camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO instant film camera

Fujifilm recently released the silver and black Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO in 2021, which costs around $199. This camera is great due to its smaller size, a retro look, built-in effects, long battery life, and the fact that it is an instant hybrid camera (digital camera and instax printer in one). This instant camera uses the 2×3 inch Instax Mini film, the cheapest instant film available, like other Instax Mini cameras and it can also save images to the camera so you are able to choose the images you want to print to save your film. It can also transfer saved images to your smartphone or print images from your phone when connected via bluetooth.

Here are some of the best features of the Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Instax Camera: 

  • Self-Timer: The camera has a built-in self timer with 2 modes – either approx. 2 seconds / approx. 10 seconds
  • Dual Shutter Buttons: The camera has two shutter buttons located for landscape and portrait locations.
  • Rear LCD screen: The camera has a rear 3.0-inch TFT color LCD screen that gives rich colors, detailed images, and bright images.
  • Built-In Battery: The camera fully charges an internal battery in 2 – 3 hours by a micro-B USB cable which lasts for around 100 prints.
  • On-Camera Flash: The on-camera flash can be set to automatic flash, forced flash, or suppressed and the range of the flash is 19 inches to 5 ft (50 cm to 1.5 m).
  • Selfie Mirror: Built-in selfie mirror so you’re perfectly framed for a selfie
  • Print lever: The retro look of the camera includes a print lever that will print images on instant film when pulled.
  • Film and Lens Dials to Access Effects: By rotating the Film Dial you can access 10 film effects / filters like Normal, Vivid, Monochrome, Retro, Pale, Canvas, etc. Also, by rotating Lens Dial you can access 10 lens effects / filters like Normal, Double Exposure, Half Frames, Fisheye, Vignette, Soft Focus, Light Leak, etc. All in all, there are 100 effects / filters available by rotating the two dials. You can also save the effects for quick access to your favorite combinations.
  • Instax Rich Mode: This mode prints images with more vibrant colors than the Normal mode. Making the images appear subtly more rich without overdoing it.
  • Built-in Tripod mount: The camera includes a universal tripod mount to make group shot easier.
  • Automatic exposure: The automatic exposure settings on the Instax Mini EVO make it easier to control than instant cameras which feature a zoom dial since the exposure is controlled by the camera sensors rather than manually controlled. This allows novice photographers to just “point and shoot” rather than fiddling with different exposures.
  • Film Cost: This camera uses Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film. When purchased in bulk, the price of the instax color film is $64 for 100 images (5 boxes of 2 packs with 10 images each). This makes the cost $0.64 per exposure, which is one of the less expensive options on the list.
  • Digital Camera and Printer in One: This camera can save 45 images on it’s built-in memory or on a microSD card (which can also be transferred to your smartphone with a white border) so you can choose your images before you print them to save film. The camera also acts like printer so you can print images directly from your smartphone using bluetooth. The camera takes about 16 seconds or 23 seconds to print using the rich setting. The camera can produce images with a resolution of 1600 x 600 dpi using the camera and 800 x 600 dpi using the camera phone app.

The smaller size of the camera compared to other instant cameras, the fact that is a hybrid instant camera that is a digital camera where you can save your images before you print them and a printer that connects to your smartphone, the affordable price of the Instax Mini film it uses, the 100 filters / effects, self mirror, Rich Mode, retro looks, on-camera flash, self-timer, and dual shutter buttons will make it a great choice for anyone interesting in getting into instant analog photography.


Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 Camera
Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 Camera

The Snap Touch 2.0 is a digital point-and-shoot camera that lets you you can print images directly from the camera using the ZINK (zero ink) technology. This camera also features a microSD card slot to store your pictures. While not technically a instant camera because the film doesn’t develop like other instant cameras, you do end up with a physical object at the end.

The Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 features:

  • A rounded frame with easy to operate buttons on the top of the camera. 
  • The lens is a 3.4mm f/2.8 lens, which is equivalent to a 35mm lens and is the lens on most smartphones. Even though this is a non-zooming, fixed lens, it is easy to learn and shoot images with.
  • 13 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor
  • 3.5″ Touch Screen LCD Display
  • Up to 128 microSD Cards and micro-USB port
  • Pop-Up Flash
  • Built-in Tripod mount
  • Prints Zink 2×3″ images in 35 seconds
  • The rechargeable battery lasts for between 15-20 prints and is protected by the automatic off switch that engages if the camera is not in use. There is also a battery flash indicator to let you know when the flash is charged.
  • 3.4mm f/2.0 lens
  • HD 1080p Video Capability
  • Bluetooth Connectivity with your smartphone
  • Ability to save photos to the camera and choose which one to print

The Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 features a touchscreen, which makes it easier to use and print image images. The camera allows you to connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth to seamlessly share images across different devices. Similar to its predecessor the Polaroid Snap, it also uses ZINK printing technology to print. The film is one of the cheapest film you can buy, easily found online and in stores, and is also water-resistant.

An additional benefit of the Snap Touch 2.0 is that since the camera uses Bluetooth technology to connect to mobile devices, the camera has an app that you can download that allows you to see images before printing, edit pictures, and even create custom collages. You can also share photos from the app directly to your social media channels.


Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro

Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro 2-in-1 Portable Instant Camera in yellow and black
Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro 2-in-1 Portable Instant Camera in yellow and black

Kodak has been one of the biggest names in photography for decades, and their Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro instant camera holds up to other more known brands. These analog cameras print 3 x 3 inch images (similar in size to Polaroid or Instax Square film) or you can choose a digital image to print from the camera or your phone. While these are technically an instant film camera and just a combination digital camera and printer, the image does magicially come to life as you watch it print and become a physical object – similar to instant cameras.

Here are some of the other best features of the Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro

  • Compact design: The pocket-sized design of this portable instant camera makes it a good choice for teenagers since it can be easily packed away in a backpack or purse. It’s also a good option for travel since it won’t take up much space in carry-on bags or luggage. 
  • Print gallery connectivity: This instant camera isn’t just capable of printing analog photographs on the fly. It can also be connected to your phone via mobile apps so that you can print any of your stored digital pictures on the camera. There is also a Kodak App that allows for even more customizing and editing of your digital images.
  • 4Pass high-definition technology: The Kodak Mini Shot features 4Pass technology that allows the camera to print sharp, precise high-definition photographs in about 50 seconds. It can also print both images with the typical Polaroid-like border (edges with more space at the bottom) or without borders on all sides for true 3-inch x 3-inch images. The images are also waterproof, smudge proof, and fingerprint-proof.
  • Film Cost: This camera uses the Kodak 4Pass Cartridge All-In-One Paper and Color Ribbon. When purchased in bulk, the price of the paper and color ribbon cartridge is $34.99 for 60 images (3 cartridges). This makes the cost $0.58 per exposure and puts the film as one of the less expensive options you can buy.

Even though the photo quality of the Kodak Mini Shot may be slightly lower than some of the other instant cameras in this line-up, it makes up for this disadvantage by being one of the best wireless photo printers. This function will also save you money in the long run because you can choose which images to edit and print. However, there is no built-in tripod mount.


Fujifilm Instax Mini Liplay Hybrid Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera

The Instax Mini LiPlay was Introduced in 2019 and takes Instax Mini film. It is a hybrid camera that shoots digital images with a rear digital display to use as a viewfinder when shooting images, when editing images, and when choosing which images to print – saving you money on film. It is the only Instax Mini camera to have a screen and save images to a memory card. It also functions as a printer by allowing you to print images from your phone via the App when connected through bluetooth. The Instax Mini LilPlay has built-in memory and slot for a micro SD / micro SDHC memory card to save images to or transfer images to your computer or phone. The internal memory will hold around 45 files and you can save around 850 files per 1gb (without sound). The rear display features a 2.7-inch color LCD monitor with around 230K pixels.

The cameras specs:

  • The camera has a single-focus autofocusing system with a light to help the camera focus in dark environments
  • It has a self mirror, focus range of 3.9 inches (10 cm) to infinity
  • It has a shutter speed range of 1/4 sec. to 1/8000
  • light sensitivity of ISO 100 to 1600 (auto), 256 segmented TTL metering / Multi-Metering
  • It has auto white balance and a 2 – 10 second self timer
  • It has built-in flash with 3 flash modes (Auto, Forced, Suppressed) with a effective flash range of around 1.6 – 5 feet (50 cm to 1.5 m)
  • It has an internal rechargeable battery that charges by Micro-B cable that lasts for around 100 prints and takes 2 – 3 hours to charge
  • The camera has a F/2 aperture, a 28mm focal length (35mm full frame equivalent)
  • It weighs 7.9 oz / 225 g without batteries and film and is 3.24 x 4.8 x 1.4 inches (82.5 mm x 122.9 mm x 36.7 mm)
  • Printing takes about about 12 seconds to eject from the printer and around 90 seconds to fully develop. 
  • The camera’s printing resolution is 318 dpi with the images being 800 x 600 dots.
  • The Instax LiPlay also has a reprint function where it holds up to the last 50 images printed in it’s memory.
  • The camera also comes with over built in filters and templates for your images and has a remote image capture feature that uses your smartphone to take an image.
  • No built-in tripod mount

Find more details about the Instax LiPlay here. You can also find the manual for the Instax Mini LiPlay camera here.


Analog Instant Cameras (Without Digital Screen)

Unlike hybrid instant cameras, these analog instant cameras don’t have the digital features that allow for photographs to be stored or posted online. Instead, these old-school instant cameras are a call-back to the original instant cameras and only print photos on the spot.

However, this makes them popular with photographers who prefer an analog camera experience without the bells and whistles associated with digital photography. Below you’ll find some of the best analog instant cameras available without a digital screen. 

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 instant film camera
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 instant film camera

The Instax SQ1 camera comes in three colors: Glacier Blue, Chalk White, and Terracotta Orange and costs $119 for the just camera by itself or $139.99 for the camera and of 20 sheets of film.

The camera specs:

  • The cameras has a f/12.6 aperture and has a programmed electronic shutter 1/2 to 1/400 sec with a slow synchro for low light
  • It has a self mirror.
  • A focal length of 65mm.
  • It can focus from 11.8 inches (0.3m) to infinity and has a selfie mode which allows it to focus from 11.8 – 19.6 inches (0.3m to 0.5m
  • The camera has built-in flash that has an effective flash range of about 1 – 7.2 feet (0.3 to 2.2m) and can charge quickly
  • The camera takes 2 CR2 batteries and has an auto off function after 5 mins of not using it to save power
  • It is 5.3 x 4.6 x 2;2 inches (130.7 mm × 118.6 mm × 57.5 mm) and weighs 13.7 oz (390g) without the batteries and film pack.
  • No built-in tripod mount

The cameras is fun and creates great images with consistent results. However, it does lack a timer and a tripod mount.


Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Fujfilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic In Red

The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic was Introduced in 2014 and has quickly become one of the best Instax cameras available because of its features. It takes Instax Mini film and it is similar in body style to the Instax Mini 40 but larger and with more features. It does not have a selfie mirror but it does have an automatic exposure measurement that flashes the correct aperture setting for perfectly exposed images.

The camera specs:

  • The camera has a LCD back with exposure counter (number of unexposed films)
  • It has a motor-driven 3-range focus switching of 11.8 – 1.9 feet (0.3m – 0.6m) for macro mode / 1.9 – 9.8 feet (0.6m – 3.0m) for normal mode / 9.8 feet (3.0m) – infinity for landscape mode
  • A brightness control
  • A 10 second self timer
  • It has a flash ON/OFF
  • A mode button (Party/Kids/Landscape/Double exposure/Bulb)
  • It takes a rechargeable battery that last for 100 images
  • The camera has a 60mm focal length (roughly equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera)
  • It has a programmed electronic shutter release with 1.8 – 1/400 and 10 second shutter time open for long exposures
  • The cameras weighs 10.4 lbs. / 294g without batteries and film and is 4.46 x 3.62 x 2.25 inches (113.4 x 91.9 x 57.2 mm).
  • Built-in tripod mount

Find more details about the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic here. You can also find the manual for the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic camera here.


Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera in Aqua Blue

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is a good choice. The Instax square-style film (3 x 3 inches) prevents the photographer from having to fiddle with either landscape or portrait settings, and the Instax Square prints produced by the Square SQ6 are 1.3 times bigger than the photos produced by the Fujifilm Instax Mini

Here are some of the best features of the Fujifilm Instax SQUARE SQ6

  • The Square SQ6 is built with thick, sturdy plastic that is more likely to take an accidental drop or two without sustaining permanent damage to the camera’s mechanisms. This can make it a better choice than some of the more fragile instant cameras on the market. 
  • The Square SQ6 photographs in landscape, selfie, and normal modes. The camera has auto-exposure control with a high output flash also allows for adjustments in light exposure, macro photography, and double exposure. 
  • The Square S6 comes in three different colors (bronze, gray, and white), which makes it easier to choose a camera designed to match the preferences of a discerning teenager as well as any accompanying camera accessories.  
  • This camera uses Fujifilm Instax Square instant film. When purchased in bulk, the price of the Instax square color film is $95.98 for 100 images (10 boxes of 10 images in each), which makes the cost $0.95 per exposure.
  • Built-in tripod mount

While there are some appealing features of the Square SQ6 that make it one of the best instant cameras available, it does come with a few downsides. The Square SQ6 doesn’t come with a memory card option, so it’s only capable of printing in-the-moment analog photographs.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Camera
Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Camera in Black

The Instax Mini 70 was Introduced in 2015 and uses Instax Mini film.

The cameras specs:

  • The camera features a selfie mode for perfectly lit and focused selfies
  • It has a selfie mirror
  • It has automatic exposure control with exposure compensation
  • A creative Hi-Key mode that brightens the overall exposure for cleaner-looking skin tones
  • The camera has a tripod mount
  • It has a flash with a effective flash range of 1 – 8.9 ft 0.3 – 2.7 m)
  • It focuses as close as 11.8 inches
  • It has a 10-second self timer that can take one or two shots
  • It is powered by 2 CR2 batteries
  • It has has a 60mm focal length (roughly equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera)
  • The camera has a shutter speed of 1/60th
  • It weighs 15.2 oz / 430g (without batteries and film) and its dimensions are 6.1 x 5.1 x 2.7 inches.
  • Built-in tripod mount

You can also find the manual for the Instax Mini 70 camera here.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

Instax Mini 9
Instax Mini 9

The Instax Mini 9 was created as an update to the Instax Mini 8 and is similar to the 8+. It uses Instax Mini film and comes in 14 different colors but some are difficult to find and because of this cost you more than others. You can can find most, if not all, of the colors and styles on Amazon.com. Some of these colors include: Cobalt Blue, Lime Green, Black, Light Gray, Yellow, Ice Blue, Smokey White, Flamingo Pink, Arcadia Green, Clear Pink, Purple/Pink, and Purple. There are also Disney themed models based around Toy Story 4, Frozen II, and Star Wars available but these can be very expensive.

The camera specs:

  • The camera weighs 10.8 ounces (without film and batteries)
  • It has built-in flash with a flash range of about 2 – 8.5ft (0.6m – 2.7m).
  • It has a focal length of 60mm (roughly equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera)
  • It has shutter speed of 1/60th
  • It has selfie mirror next to the lens to make selfies easier and a close-up lens attachment to shoot up to 13.5 inches (35cm) away from your subject
  • You can set the exposure using the brightness dial yourself or let the camera automatically adjust the exposure level for you using different aperture settings.
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries and you will get about 100 shots out of those. 
  • No built-in tripod mount

On Amazon, the Instax Mini 9 in Ice Blue sells for $107.95 with batteries and 60 sheets of film. You can find more details about the Instax Mini 9 here.


Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera
Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

The Instax Mini 11 was Introduced as an update to the Instax Mini 9 and uses Instax Mini film. It comes in 5 different colors but some are difficult to find and are different prices. You can can find most, if not all, of the colors and styles on Amazon.com but only certain colors are available packaged with film. Some of the colors include: Blush Pink, Ice White, Sky Blue, Lilac Purple, and Charcoal Grey.

The camera specs:

  • The camera weighs 10.3 ounces (without film and batteries)
  • The camera is slightly slimmer than the Instax Mini 9
  • It has has a focal length of 60mm (roughly equivalent to 35mm on a full frame camera)
  • It has shutter speeds of 1/2 to 1/250 sec and slow synchronization for low light controlled by the camera
  • It has a built-in flash with a flash range of about 1 – 8.5ft (0.3 to 2.7m)
  • The camera has a selfie mirror next to the lens to make selfies easier
  • The camera has built in selfie-mode that allows you to focus between 11 inches – 19.5 inches (0.3m to 0.5m) from the camera
  • The camera automatically calculates the exposure level for you along with the flash for brighter backgrounds than other Instax Mini cameras.
  • The camera is powered by 2 AA batteries and you get about 100 shots out of those
  • No built-in tripod mount

On Amazon, the Instax Mini 11 in Charcoal Gray sells for $109.95 and comes with 4 AA batteries and 60 sheets of film. See the Instax Mini 11 manual for more information about the camera.


 Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

Instax Wide 300 Camera
Instax Wide 300 Camera

For teenage photographers who like the Fujifilm brand but don’t want to be limited to miniature analog photography, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 offers a much wider lens that is perfect for capturing both landscapes and selfies. It uses the much larger Instax Wide film. The sleek, contemporary design of this instant camera also helps make it almost indistinguishable from its digital cousins. 

Here are some of the other best features of the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300: 

  • The zoom dial on the Instax Wide 300 makes it easier to take macro photography as close as 40 centimeters (15 inches) from the subject. This ability to zoom in and focus also makes it easier to take selfies and other close-up portraits.
  • The light/dark exposure controls on the camera allow for the photographer to add both high and low-key effects with a powerful flash. This is a good setting to play around with for more experienced photographers to calibrate the exposure of the instant camera for a perfect shot.
  • The camera takes 4 AA batteries which allow the photographer to take up to 100 photographs over an 8-hour day period without having to change them out. 
  • This camera uses Fujifilm Instax Wide instant film. When purchased in bulk, the price of the Instax wide color instant film is $84.99 for 100 images (5 boxes of 2 packs with 10 images in each). This makes the cost $0.84 per exposure. This puts the film in the upper range on this list compared to other camera systems.
  • Built-in tripod mount

Consumers reported a few drawbacks to the Instax Wide model such as a relatively cheap construction design and some light leaks around the photo exit slot that may negatively impact images.


Vintage Polaroid 600 Series Cameras

Polaroid Supercolor 635CL Vintage Instant Camera
Polaroid Supercolor 635CL Vintage Instant Camera

For photographers who want the genuine retro Polaroid experience, you can find many Vintage Polaroid 600 cameras for sale. One of my favorites I have found is a limited edition Polaroid camera in primary colors that is themed for the 90s version of MTV. This refurbished camera is a throwback to when analog was king for photography, music, and just about everything else. See even more styles of vintage and new collaborations here.

The compatible Polaroid 600 film for these cameras can be expensive compared to other analog instant cameras and the photo quality might not be as good as newer, more modern Polaroid models, but the Vintage Polaroid 600 series cameras are definitely one of the most unique analog instant cameras on the market. 

Here are some of the general features you’ll find in these vintage cameras:

  • Classic Polaroid photos, with no need for battery power because the battery is in the film pack
  • Unique brightly-colored designs
  • Simple point-and-shoot functionality
  • Strong flash with override mode
  • 110mm lens with a f10 aperture
  • Focus from 2 – 4 ft and 4ft – infinity (varies by camera)
  • Built-in flash, with manual override
  • Electronic shutter with automatic shutter speeds of 1/3 to 1/200th second (varies by camera)
  • Automatic exposure with manual +/- 1EV lighten/darken slider (varies by camera)
  • No built-in tripod mount but there is an adapter

Polaroid SX-70

Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera
Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera

Polaroid SX-70 folding cameras are the standard that all instant cameras aspire to be – beautiful and functional. Edwin Land, the original founder of Polaroid (whom Steve Jobs took much inspiration from in life and design aesthetic) famously pulled this camera out of his jacket pocket during a meeting in the early 1970s to introduce the camera. It was the first camera to use the Polaroid square film with the white border and was the first SLR instant camera.

There are many types of the Polaroid SX-70 film camera including a company called MINT that refurbishes old SX-70 cameras and upgrads them with modern advancements and accessories.

The camera’s features includes:

  • 116mm lense with an aperture of f/8
  • Manual focus from 10.4″ – Infinity
  • Automatic exposure with a manual +/- 1EV lighten/darken wheel
  • Electronic shutter with automatic shutter speeds of 1/175 to 14 seconds
  • External flashbar socket (flashbar sold seperately)
  • No tripod socket
  • No self timer

SX-70 cameras are compatible with Polaroid SX-70 instant film, which thankfully is still available. However, It can also use Polaroid 600 film but needs a special neutral density filter because SX-70 film is roughly ¼ the sensitivity of 600 film. You can find the neutral density filter here and how to install it here.


Polaroid Originals OneStep 2

Polaroid One Step 2 Instant Camera
Polaroid One Step 2 Instant Camera

The Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 came out in 2017 and is a modern redesign of the famous OneStep Polaroid cameras from the 1970s. This camera is for photographers who are wanting the old-school experience combined with new technology and ease of use.

The camera comes with:

  • Built-in rechargeable battery recharged by USB that lasts for 120 – 160 exposures (15 – 20 film packs) or 60-day battery life
  • Exposure control
  • Focus from 3ft – infinity
  • 10 sec self-timer
  • A viewfinder extension on the backside that makes it easier to frame photographs correctly. 
  • Built-in flash with flash on/off
  • Made for Polaroid i-Type film but also compatible with Polaroid 600 film
  • High-quality polycarbonate and acrylic lenses
  • Tripod socket for stationary photographs
  • Film develop within 15 minutes
  • Built-in Tripod mount

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ 

Polaroid OneStep+ Instant Cmaera

The Polaroid Originals OneStep+ came out in 2018 is similar to the Polaroid OneStep 2 with the same features, but it also has several upgrades that make it more versatile as a camera than its predecessor.

Polaroid OneStep 2 comes with:

  • Built-in rechargeable battery recharged by USB that lasts for 120 – 160 exposures (15 – 20 film packs) or 60-day battery life
  • Exposure control
  • Focus from 3ft – infinity
  • 10 sec self-timer
  • A viewfinder extension on the backside that makes it easier to frame photographs correctly. 
  • Built-in flash with flash on/off
  • Made for Polaroid i-Type film but also compatible with Polaroid 600 film
  • High-quality polycarbonate and acrylic lenses
  • Tripod socket for stationary photographs
  • Film develop within 15 minutes
  • Built-in Tripod mount

The additional features you can find on the Polaroid OneStep+ in addition to the Polaroid One Step 2 features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity and companion app which gives you access to full manual control, double exposure, light painting, and a noise trigger (App available for iOS and Android)
  • Added close-up portrait lens that allows you to focus up from 1 – 3ft.

Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera

Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera in Blue
Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera in Blue

The Polarolid Now i-Type camera is probably familiar to anyone who has seen the original Polaroid cameras since it has the same general style and design. This camera comes in 10 bright colors and provides all of the instantaneous qualities of the original Polaroid instant camera with the added benefit of autofocus and a new upgraded flash system.

Here are some of the best features of the Polaroid Now I-Type Instant Camera

  • Bright vivid photographs: The images produce sharp and vivid colors with autofocus and auto-exposure coupled with an on-camera flash. You can also use the double exposure function to create two images in one. Also, includes a self-timer function.
  • Rechargeable battery: Unlike other instant cameras which may require replaceable batteries, the Polaroid Now I-Type features a rechargeable power system that is charged up through a micro USB port. 
  • Easy to use: Older instant cameras can be somewhat difficult for photographers to learn how to adjust the settings and exposure and result in dozens of “dud” photographs. The Polaroid Now I-Type features automatic focus and exposure controls that let even the newest photographers just point and shoot. 
  • Film Cost: This camera can take both Polaroid I-Type and 600 Type Polaroid film. When purchased in bulk, the price of the Polaroid I-Type on Amazon is $64.99 for 40 images (8 packs of 8 images each). This makes the cost $1.62 per exposure for Polaroid I-Type instant film, which is the cheaper of the two options but the film is still one of the most expensive films per exposure on the list.
  • No built-in Tripod mount

The Polaroid Now I-Type may be a little bulkier than some of the other instant cameras in this list, but it is lighter than traditional analog Polaroid cameras and it’s capable of taking larger photographs than many of the other instant cameras on the market. The camera includes an upgraded flash system and autofocus and exposure system. However, keep in mind that Polaroid instant film is one of the most expensive instant film available and only give you 8 exposures per pack.


Polaroid Now+ Instant Camera

Polaroid Now+ Instant Camera
Polaroid Now+ Instant Camera

The Polarolid Now+ i-Type camera was released in 2021 and is probably familiar to anyone who has seen the Polaroid Now instant camera but with added features. This multi-featured camera comes in 3 colors (white, black, and blue-gray) and provides all of the instantaneous qualities of the original Polaroid instant camera with the added benefit of included lens filters, built-in flash, built-in rechargeable battery, ability to connect to the Polaroid app which unlocks features of your camera, and a new autofocusing system. The camera is essential a cross between the Polaroid OneStep+ and the Polaroid Now camera (both of which are on this list).

Here are some of the best features of the Polaroid Now+ i-Type Instant Camera

  • Bright vivid photographs: The images produce sharp and vivid colors with autofocus and auto-exposure coupled with an on-camera flash. You can also use the double exposure function to create two images in one. Also, includes a self-timer function.
  • Size: The camera weighs just 1 lbs and is 3.94 x 4.96 x 6.14 inches
  • Upgraded Autofocusing system: Unlike the Polaroid Now, the Now+ has an upgraded focusing system that switches automatically between portrait mode and standard mode to focus where you need
  • Rechargeable battery: Unlike other instant cameras which may require replaceable batteries, the Polaroid Now+ features a built-in rechargeable battery that is charged through a micro USB port. 
  • Easy to use: Older instant cameras can be somewhat difficult for photographers to learn how to adjust the settings and exposure and result in dozens of “dud” photographs. The Polaroid Now+ I-Type features automatic focus and exposure controls that let even the newest photographers just point and shoot. 
  • Creative App: Bluetooth connectivity and companion app which gives you access to full manual control, double exposure, light painting, and a noise trigger (App available for iOS and Android)
  • Film Cost: This camera can take both Polaroid i-Type and 600 Type Polaroid film. When purchased in bulk, the price of the Polaroid i-Type on Amazon is about $64.99 for 40 images (8 packs of 8 images each). This makes the cost $1.62 per exposure for Polaroid i-Type instant film, which is the cheaper of the two options but the film is still one of the most expensive films per exposure available.
  • Built-in Tripod mount

The Polaroid Now+ I-Type is a bit bulkier than some of the other instant cameras in this list (especially compared to the small Polaroid Go and Fujifilm EVO Mini), but it is lighter than traditional analog Polaroid cameras, has connectivity to your smartphone for added features, and it’s capable of taking larger photographs than many of the other instant cameras on the market. The camera also includes an upgraded flash system and upgraded autofocus and exposure system over the Polaroid Now. However, keep in mind that Polaroid instant film is one of the most expensive instant film available.


Polaroid Go Instant Camera & Film Started Set

Polaroid Go Camera
Polaroid Go Camera

This white Polaroid Go instant camera was released on April 27, 2021 from Polaroid is one of smallest camera on the list at 4.1 x 3.3 x 2.4 inches at 0.71 lbs (with film). Which, at the time, makes it the world’s smallest instant camera. It uses the iconic Polaroid film but in a much smaller size at 2.6 x 2.1 inches (vs normal polaroid square film which is 3.5 x 3.1 inches and the Instax Mini film which is 2×3 inches). I decided to give it an honorable mention because several people that have reviewed the camera say that it is gives inconsistent results.

  • The small camera has a 35mm equivalent lens that produces sharp, bright, and vivid colors with autofocus and autoexposure supported by an on-camera flash.
    Unlike other instant cameras which may require replaceable batteries, the Polaroid Go features a rechargeable power system that is charged up through a micro USB port and lasts through 15 packs of film.
    This camera is ideal for teenagers because of its smaller form factor. So small, in fact, it can be worn in a fashionable way. It also has a selfie mirror and self-timer.
  • This camera is only compatible with the Polaroid Go color film. The film is $19.99 for a pack of 16 sheets of film. This makes the cost $1.24 per exposure for Polaroid Go film, which is one of the more expensive options on the list. However, you can find the film in bulk options on Amazon.com for 80 sheets for $95.33, which brings the price down even more to $1.19 per sheet.
  • No built-in Tripod mount

Leica Sofort

Leica Sofort Instant Camera
Leica Sofort Instant Camera

The Leica Sofort Instant camera was released in 2016 and is the cheapest Leica camera available at just under $300 and is based on the Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo Classic. However, the camera is difficult to find new it is available on the used market. The camera takes Instax Mini film and comes with the usual instant camera features and some new ones.

The camera comes with:

  • built-in rechargeable battery that lasts about 100 images on one charge
  • 34mm (35mm Equivalent) lens
  • Mechanical shutter with speeds of 1/8 to 1/400 second
  • Shooting modes including Automatic, Self-Portrait, People & Part, Action & Sport, Bulb, Macro, Self-Timer, and Double Exposure
  • 2 to 10 sec Self timer
  • Integrated tripod mount and strap lugs

Lomo Instant Camera

Lomo Instant Camera
Lomo Instant Camera

The Lomo’Instant camera is an instant camera from the Lomography photography company that popularized plastic cameras like the Holga series cameras and have produced their own 35mm and medium format film.

This camera comes in several colors however many are difficult to find except the white and black editions. The camera has many features that can compete with the best instant cameras from Polaroid and Fujifilm.

Here are some of the best features of the Lomo’Instant Camera:

  • The camera weighs 0.5 lbs (0.22 kg) and is 3″ x 2″ x 5″ (inches)
  • 3 Shooting modes including: Flash-On Auto mode, Flash-On Manual Mode, Flash-Off Manual Mode
  • Built-in Wide 27mm Angle lens (35mm equivalent) and the lens focusing distance is 15.6 – 35.4 inches (0.4m – 0.9m), 39 inches to infinity (1m – infinity)
  • The camera is compatible with many lens attachments includes the fisheye (170 degree viewing angle, portrait lens (35mm equivalent), and a close-up macro lens that allows for 4 – 6 inches (10 – 15 cm) focusing distance and has a 40mm filter thread
  • Built-in unlimited multiple exposures using the MX switch
  • Color gels to color the built-in camera flash. Effective flash distance is 30 ft (9m)
  • Manual control aperture of f/8, f/11, f/22, f/32 using exposure compensation (+2 and -2) with a default of f/16
  • Automatic shutter with infinity to 1/125 normally with a built-in function for long exposures
  • Compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the cheapest instant film available
  • Selfie-mirror located to the left of the lens on the front of the camera
  • Camera package includes: the camera, fisheye lens attachment, portrait lens attachment, close-up lens attachment, lens caps, colored gel filters, instruction cards for shooting techniques, and manual
  • It uses 4 AAA batteries
  • It has automatic film advance and automatic frame counter
  • It has a internal light meter
  • It also has a tripod mount

Although the camera does not have a self timer, it does have a cable release that accepts the standard cable and it has one of the largest apertures at f/8 which provides for brighter images without the flash than most instant cameras available. The camera also uses the easier to find batteries (4 AAA) as well as a wide variety of sharp lenses.


Lomo’Instant Automat Camera

Lomo Instant Automat Cameras
Lomo Instant Automat Cameras

The Lomo’Instant Automat series of cameras are instant camera from the Lomography photography company that popularized plastic cameras like the Holga series cameras and have produced their own 35mm and medium format film.

These cameras comes in several colors and special additions including one version made with glass lenses and one version made in conjunction with the website TheAdventureChallenge.com. However, many versions can be difficult to find except for the white and black editions. Like the Lomo’instant camera it is based on, the Lomo’Instant Automat camera uses Fujifilm Instax Film and has many features that can compete with the best instant cameras from Polaroid and Fujifilm.

Here are some of the best features of the Lomo’Instant Automat camera:

  • The camera weighs around 1 lbs (.45 kg) and is 2.4″ x 4.53″ x 5.71″ (inches)
  • 2 Shooting modes including: Auto mode or Bulb mode for up to 30 second exposures
  • It has a 60mm (35mm equivalent) and the lens focusing distance is 1.9 ft (0.6m), 3.2 – 6.5 ft, infinity (1m – 2m, infinity)
  • The camera is compatible with many lens attachments includes the fisheye (170 degree viewing angle, portrait lens (35mm equivalent), and a close-up macro lens that allows for 4 – 6 inches (10 – 15 cm) focusing distance and has with a 43mm filter thread
  • Unlimited multiple exposures
  • Automatic electronic flash that you can turn on or off with an effective flash distance is 30 ft (9m)
  • Zone focusing with Automatic f/8 and f/22 apertures
  • Full Automatic shutter
  • Compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the cheapest instant film available
  • Selfie-mirror on the front of the camera
  • It has automatic film advance and automatic digital exposure counter
  • It has a internal light meter
  • A tripod mount
  • It uses 2 CR2 batteries
  • Compatible with a splitzer filter to combine half of one image with half of another
  • Lens cap doubles as a wireless shutter release (takes the CR1632 battery)
  • Camera package includes: the camera, fisheye lens attachment, portrait lens attachment, close-up lens attachment, remote control lens cap, Lomo’Instant Automat Splitzer, colored gel filters, photo stands and photo clips, and inspirational shooting tips

Although the camera does not have a self timer and it uses 2 of the more expensive and harder to find CR2 batteries, it does have cap with a built-in wireless shutter release which takes a CR1631 button battery. Like the Lomo’instant camera it also has one of the largest apertures at f/8 which provides for brighter images without the flash than most instant cameras available.


Can You Put Instax on a Tripod?

Yes, there are some Instax cameras that have a built-in tripod mount for this reason. These cameras include:

  • Instax Mini EVO
  • Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
  • Instax Square SQ6
  • Instax Mini 70
  • Instax Wide 300

Can You Put a Polaroid on a Tripod?

Yes, some Polaroid cameras that have a built-in tripod mount to make this easier. These cameras include:

  • Polaroid Snap
  • Snap Touch 2.0
  • Polaroid OneStep 2
  • OneStep+
  • Now i-Type Plus

Other Polaroid cameras need an adapter to mount to a tripod. These cameras are:

  • Vintage SX-70 instant cameras can use an adapter to mount it to a tripod.
  • Polaroid 600 instant cameras can use an adapter to mount it to a tripod.

What Instant Cameras Have A Tripod Mount?

See the chart below for what instant cameras in this article have a tripod mount and which do not:

Instant Camera
Tripod Mount?
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes

What Kind of Film Does Each Instant Camera Use?

Unlike modern digital cameras, instant cameras depend on film that is either developed after the camera takes the image or printed by the camera. Each brand and model of instant camera is compatible with different film. Some film can be used in different cameras but many cameras may only accept film from the same brand. See what camera takes what film below separated by camera manufacturer.

What Kind of Film do the Different Polaroid Instant Cameras Use?

What Film Does a Polaroid OneStep Use? 

The Polaroid OneStep, OneStep 2, and OneStep+ all use the Polaroid I-Type film. Polaroid I-Type is the newer version of traditional square-shaped Polaroid instant photographs and comes in packs of 8 prints. I-type of film does not have a battery in it so it is not compatible with Polaroid 600 cameras.

What Film Does a Polaroid OneStep+ Use? 

The Polaroid OneStep, OneStep 2, and OneStep+ all use the Polaroid I-Type film. Polaroid I-Type is the newer version of traditional square-shaped Polaroid instant photographs and comes in packs of 8 prints. I-type of film does not have a battery in it so it is not compatible with Polaroid 600 cameras.

What Film Does a Polaroid OneStep 2 Use? 

The Polaroid OneStep, OneStep 2, and OneStep+ all use the Polaroid I-Type film. Polaroid I-Type is the newer version of traditional square-shaped Polaroid instant photographs and comes in packs of 8 prints. I-type of film does not have a battery in it so it is not compatible with Polaroid 600 cameras.

What film is compatible with the Polaroid Now?

The Polaroid Now camera was made to work with Polaroid I-Type film, however, the camera can also use the Polaroid 600 film.

What film goes in the Polaroid Now?

The Polaroid Now camera was made to work with Polaroid I-Type film, however, the camera can also use the Polaroid 600 film.

What film do 90s Polaroids use?

Polaroid cameras from the 90’s with 600 (like the Polaroid Supercolor 635CL) in their name can use the modern Polaroid 600 film. This is because the film pack has a battery to power the camera. Keep in mind, while Polaroid i-Type film will fit in the camera, there isn’t a battery in the film pack which the camera needs to function.

Does the Polaroid Now work with 600 film?

Yes, the Polaroid Now camera can use the Polaroid 600 film. Although, Polaroid 600 film has a battery in the pack for older Polaroid cameras you can use it the newer Polaroid cameras like the Polaroid Now.

What film does the Polaroid Spectra use?

The Polaroid Spectra, Polaroid Spectra 2, and Polaroid Spectra AF cameras used a film called Polaroid Spectra (also called Type 1200 or Image film) but was discontinued in 2019. Unfortunately, none of the new Polaroid film or other Instant being produced currently will work in it since it is slightly wider than Polaroid 600 film. You may be able to find the film it needs online, however, the battery in the film pack may be dead and the camera needs a fresh one to work.

What film is compatible with the Polaroid Go?

The Polaroid Go camera is only compatible with Polaroid Go film. The instant camera is one of the smallest instant cameras ever made, so small it can go around your next, and the film is similar in size to the Instax Mini film. Polaroid go film is 2.6 x 2.1 inches versus the Instax Mini film at 2×3 inches. The film is $19.99 for a pack of 16 sheets of film. This makes the cost $1.24 per exposure for Polaroid Go film, which is one of the more expensive options on the list. However, you can find the film in bulk options on Amazon.com for 80 sheets for $95.33, which brings the price down even more to $1.19 per sheet.

What film is compatible with the Polaroid 300?

The film that works with a Polaroid 300 camera is Polaroid 300 film. Also, any Instax Mini film will work since the Polaroid 300 camera is basically a rebranded Instax Mini 7s. The only Polaroid film that is compatible with Fujifilm Instax cameras is Polaroid 300 film because the Polaroid Film 300 camera is basically just a rebranded Instax Mini 7s camera. However, I recommend just buying Instax Mini film instead of Polaroid 300 film because Instax Mini film is cheaper and produces more consistent results.

What film is compatible with the Polaroid 600?

The only film that is can be used in the Polaroid 600 camera is Polaroid 600 film. Since the camera needs a battery to work in the film pack, it is incompatible with the new I-Type Polaroid film.

Can you use Fuji Instax film in a Polaroid 600?

No, Fujifilm Instax film is not compatible with any Polaroid 600 cameras. The good news is that Polaroid 600 film is still being made and easily found online.

What is the difference between Polaroid 600 film and i-type film?

The main difference between Polaroid 600 and Polaroid i-Type is that i-Type film does not have a battery in the film to power the camera so it will not work with older Polaroid film cameras like Polaroid 600 series or Polaroid sx-70 cameras. However, Polaroid 600 film will work with the Polaroid SX-70 and newer Polaroid cameras like the Polaroid OneStep, OneStep 2, OneStep+, and Impossible Project cameras like the I-1.

Does i-Type film work with Instax?

No, Polaroid I-Type film will not work in any Fujifilm Instax camera. The only Polaroid film that is compatible with Fujifilm Instax cameras is Polaroid 300 film because the Polaroid Film 300 camera is basically just a rebranded Instax Mini 7s camera. However, I recommend just buying Instax Mini film instead of Polaroid 300 film because Instax Mini film is cheaper and produces more consistent results.

What kind of film does a Polaroid Snap camera use?

Both the Polaroid Snap and the Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0 cameras use Polaroid Zink paper, which can be found here on Amazon.com. The paper usually costs around $24 for 50 sheets of paper ($0.48/sheet). Also, since other brands have also made cameras and printers that use Zink paper, all Zink paper is compatible with all zink cameras and printers regardless of who makes it. For example, the Kodak brand Zink paper (which is usually the cheapest) will work in any other branded camera or printer as long as it used Zink paper.

What Kind of Film do the Different Instax Instant Cameras Use?

Does Instax Mini 7s and 9 use the same film?

Yes, the Instax Mini 7s and Mini 9 cameras both use Instax Mini film, which is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax Mini 7+ use?

The Instax Mini 7+ camera uses Instax Mini film, which is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax Mini 8 use?

Yes, the Instax Mini 8 camera uses Instax Mini film, which is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What Film Does an Instax Mini 9 Need? 

The Instax Mini 9 camera takes Instax Mini film designed specifically for the Fujifilm line of mini instant cameras. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box. The film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Does Instax Mini 7s and 9 use the same film?

Yes, both the Instax Mini 7s and 9 cameras use Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What Film to Use for Instax Mini 11?

The Instax Mini 11 camera uses Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 2.44 inches (62 mm x 62 mm) and usually come in packs of 20 prints per box.

What film does Instax SQ1 use?

The film that is compatible with the Instax SQ10 is Instax Fujifilm Square film. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 62mm) and come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax SQ6 use?

The film that is compatible with the Instax SQ10 is Instax Fujifilm Square film. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 62mm) and come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax SQ10 use?

The film that is compatible with the Instax SQ10 is Instax Fujifilm Square film. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 62mm) and come in packs of ten prints per box.

What film does Instax SQ20 use?

The film that is compatible with the Instax SQ20 is Instax Fujifilm Square film. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 62mm) and come in packs of ten prints per box.

The Instax Mini Link printer uses Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax Wide use?

The Instax Link Wide 300 camera uses the Instax Wide film from Fujifilm. These photos are sized at 4.7 x 3.3 inches (10.6 x 8.4 cm) and usually come in packs of 20 prints per box.

What film is compatible with Instax Mini 40?

The Instax Mini 40 camera uses the Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film is compatible with the instax mini 70?

The Instax Mini 70 camera uses the Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax Mini 90 use?

The Instax Mini 90 camera uses the Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax LiPlay use?

The Instax LiPlay camera and printer uses the Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Instax Mini EVO use?

The Instax Mini EVO digital hybrid camera uses the Instax Mini film from Fujifilm. This film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

Others Instant Cameras:

What film does Leica sofort take?

The Leica Sofort instant camera takes Instax Mini film. This makes sense because camera is built based on the Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo Classic. The good news is Instax Mini film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Lomo Instant use?

The Lomo Instant camera uses Instax Mini film. This makes sense because camera is built based on the Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo Classic. The good news is Instax Mini film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

What film does Lomo Instant Automat use?

The Lomo Instant Automat camera uses Instax Mini film. This makes sense because camera is basically an upgraded Lomo Instant camera which also uses the same film. The good news is Instax Mini film is the cheapest of all Instant films and easily found online and in stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. These photos are sized at 2.44 x 1.8 inches (62mm x 46mm) and usually come in packs of 10 prints per box.

Pros and Cons of Instant Film Types

There are many different kinds of instant cameras on the market, and likewise there are several different kinds of film that go in them. Here are some of the major types of film you’ll find used in instant cameras and a little bit about the pros and cons of each type: 

A chart comparing Polaroid Go instant film to Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant film size
A chart comparing Polaroid Go instant film to Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant film size

Mini Instant Camera Film: Several mini instant cameras exist on the market designed by Fujifilm such as the Instax Mini 9, Instax Mini 11, and the new Fujifilm Instax EVO Mini which all use Fujifilm’s Instax mini film. See this article for all of the Fuji camera that use instax mini film as well as the only Polaroid camera that uses it. The main benefit of these small prints is that they tend to be less expensive than larger instant camera prints, but the picture quality can sometimes suffer. Polaroid just released the Polaroid Go to compete with the small print size of the Instax Mini (the cameras is even smaller and the fim is around the same size as Instax mini) but the camera and the film has reported consistency problems. The Polaroid Go is 2.6 x 2.1 inches with a picture area of 1.8 x 1.8 inches wide while the Instax Mini film is 3.3 x 2.1 inches wide with a picture area of 2.44 x 1.5 inches wide. One thing to keep in mind with Instant film is it usually takes several minutes for the film to fully develop once it is ejected from the camera. Polaroid film is it takes about 15 minutes while Fujifilm Instax film takes about 5 – minutes (depending the temperature of the environment).


Chart comparing Polaroid i-Type and Polaroid 600 film to Instax Square sizes
Chart comparing Polaroid i-Type and Polaroid 600 film to Instax Square sizes

Instax Square, Polaroid i-Type, Polaroid SX-70, and Polaroid 600 film: Both Fujifilm and Polaroid make their own versions of traditional square-shaped instant camera film, with the Fujifilm brand producing Instax Square prints and Polaroid producing their I-Type film, sx-70 film, and 600 films. These prints are what people think of when they they think of Polaroid with the square film and white border. They are larger than Fujifilm Instax Mini instant camera and Polaroid Go films and good for close-up portraits, but can cut off portrait compositions if you aren’t careful when composing. Instax square film is 2.83 x 3.39 inches wide with a picture size of 2.44 x 2.44 inches. The Polaroid i-type, Polaroid SX-70, 600 film are all 3.4 x 4.2 inches with an picture area of 3.1 x 3.0 inches. One thing to keep in mind with Instant film is it usually takes several minutes for the film to fully develop once it is ejected from the camera. Polaroid film is it takes about 15 minutes while Fujifilm Instax film takes about 5 – minutes (depending the temperature of the environment).


A comparison of all of the Instax Instant films
A comparison of all of the Instax Instant films

Instax Wide: These larger prints are some of the largest instant prints commercially available and larger than many other modern instant camera prints. This film is only compatible with the Instax Wide 300 cameras and Instax Wide Link printers. The film is 3.39 x 4.25 inches wide and effective picture size on this film is 3.9 x 2.44 inches wide. One thing to keep in mind with Instant film is it usually takes several minutes for the film to fully develop once it is ejected from the camera. Polaroid film is it takes about 15 minutes while Fujifilm Instax film takes about 5 – minutes (depending the temperature of the environment).


Polaroid Snap Camera with Polaroid Zink Paper
Polaroid Snap with Polaroid Zink Paper

Polaroid Zink 2×3 inch: While not a true instant film that develops in front of your eyes, Zink paper is printed using a special method combining paper with built-in ink and heat. Polaroid Zink is 2 x 3 inches (5.8 x 7.62 cm) and features a traditional rectangular film shape that is reminiscent of the Instax Mini film without the border, which makes the image area larger overall. The advantages of this film type are that it has a sticky-sided back that makes it easy to mount these prints in a scrapbook or poster, it is waterproof / smudge-proof / tear-proof, recyclable, and less toxic than instant film because it doesn’t contain the necessary development chemicals, and less expensive than Instax mini film. For example, Zink paper can be found for around $24 for a pack of 50 sheets ($0.48/sheet) vs Instax Mini film can usually be found for $13.33 for 20 sheets of film ($0.66/sheet).

Best Instant Cameras by Photography Type

The instant cameras available on the market are a diverse lot, and not every instant camera will be right for everyone. Check out the list below to see our picks for the best instant camera models for different groups of photographers: 

  • Best Instant Camera for Beginners: The best instant camera for beginners is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. This camera features automatic exposure settings that take all of the guesswork out of instant photography that comes with the analog exposure controls in older instant camera. Read this guide on the Instax Mini 11 for more information about the camera.
  • Best Instant Camera for Kids: The best instant camera for kids is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. The camera is easy for anyone to use and has large buttons for kids small hands. The camera also uses Instax Mini film, which is the cheapest of all Instant film (especially when bought in bulk) and the easiest to find online and in stores. Read this guide on the Instax Mini 11 for more information about the camera.
  • Best Instant Camera for Weddings: The best instant camera for weddings is the Polaroid Originals Now+ Instant Camera. It is easy to for anyone to use and it has a strong flash function for high-quality once-in-a-lifetime photographs. It also has has a long-lasting battery life so it won’t die halfway through the reception.
  • Best Instant Camera for Travel: The best instant camera for travel is the Polaroid Snap Touch 2.0. This compact, sleek camera fits easily into any carry-on and it’s perfect for those who are loyal to the Polaroid brand but don’t want to drag around a bulky i-Type Polaroid camera around with them on vacation. Since the camera uses Zink paper that isn’t susceptible to x-rays like other instant film, you don’t have to worry about asking for hand checks at airports. However, if this doesn’t bother you, then I’d also recommend the Fujifilm Mini Evo.
  • Best Instant Camera for Outdoors: The best instant camera for outdoor photography shots is the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300. This camera has automatic flash for low-light conditions and also features a fill-flash to help combat backlighting when taking portraits. The wide format film is also great for landscape photography. 
  • Best Instant Camera for Tweens: The best instant camera for tweens is the Fujifilm Instax LiPlay. This hybrid instant camera looks cool and is capable of taking traditional analog photos, but it also gives teenagers the option to download all of their photos to social media too.  
  • Best Instant Camera for Teens: The best camera for teens is the Fujifilm Mini Evo. This camera is a hybrid camera that is digital but can print Instax Mini prints. This also allows you to choose your images before printing them which will save you money in the long run. It also connects to your smartphone for sharing on social media or printing images from your phone. See more information about the camera in this guide.

Each instant camera on the market has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on what type of photography you’re trying to accomplish. To get the best match, be sure to check the available features and read user reviews to see how the camera performs in action. 

An Instant Camera for Everyone

Most people might have the same idea when they think of an instant camera, but the inclusion of modern-day technology in digital hybrids and new technological upgrades to the old-school models has made for some major improvements in the art of instant photography. 

No matter whether you’re a first-time photographer or a seasoned veteran, there’s an instant camera out there that’s right for you. 

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Lee

My name is Lee and I love photography and learning. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 2010 and have worked as a university professor for the last 10 years in addition to being a working photographer. I started this website to learn more about digital and film-based photography and to provide a resource for all of my students.

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