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Best Instant Cameras & Printers 2021

For those that love an instant photo, we've rounded up our best instant cameras and printers along with suggestions of other top instant cameras that are currently available online.

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If you're looking for the best instant camera, or an instant printer for your smartphone images - then you've come to the right place. We've reviewed a number of instant cameras to give you our verdict. Instant photography has had something of a resurgence over the past few years. Originally created by Polaroid cameras, with Polaroid prints, the majority of Instant cameras are now "Instax Cameras" from Fujifilm, but there are others available, using Instax, Polaroid, and Zink papers. No matter which one you choose, you can get instant prints from all of them. 

For those that want a physical keepsake of their memories, as well as something to decorate their walls, there is only one answer, and that is instant photography. There are a variety of cameras on the market, which all produce different sized images. Here, we round up our favourite instant cameras to help you decide which is best for you. Plus, we list essential accessories you'll need in your instant photography kit bag such as film packs which are widely available over on Amazon. 

 

Top 13 Instant Cameras & Printers Reviewed On ePHOTOzine:

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40

 

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 takes the updates the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 introduced but wraps them up in a cooler, more retro-styled instant camera body. Overall, the Mini 40 is an easy to use instant film camera that does exactly what those who love this sort of camera want - point, shoot and instantly print.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

 

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is either a camera you'll love or just won't see the point in owning - there's no in-between but for those who do love them, the features the Instax Mini 11 adds to the line-up make it a worthwhile investment. It's a camera kids/teens will have a lot of fun with and it's also an ideal camera for parties as people can literally 'point, pose click and print'. 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Of all the instant cameras that we have reviewed, this one gave the best exposures consistently and was most user-friendly even to novices. It has a retro classic design and prints out credit card-sized instant photos which develop quickly and aren't fussy about how they are developed (some make you place them face down in the dark to develop, which isn't always possible when out and about).

There are a variety of modes available for different situations and there is also the ability to set self-timers, and toggle the flash to on/off/auto. We love the fact that this camera is stylish, easy to use and produces vibrant, well-exposed prints. Film cartridges aren't too expensive either, with a 20 shot pack available for £14.49.  

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Instax Mini Link Smartphone Printer - 

Instax Mini Link

 

The Instax Mini Link is a compact printer available in 3 colours (white, pink and blue), featuring a motion sensor and several printing modes, found in the accompanying app, which are designed to add a bit of fun to your print creation experience. Other features include the ability to add various frames, turn a photo black & white, make adjustments to brightness/exposure and merge multiple images to create a collage print. There's also a 'Party Print' function which connects up to five smartphones to the app. 

Overall, the Instax Mini Link is a fun device that encourages you to print and display images rather than just storing them in your smartphone's gallery forever. The price is rather reasonable, too. 

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Instax Share SP-3


 

Not technically an instant camera, but an instant printer, this device will appeal to those who take images on their phones or smart devices and want to print them. 

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 is the third generation of Fujifilm's Instax printers, which connect wirelessly to your smart devices enabling you to print your phone images as instant photos. This is the first Instax printer to use square format Instax film as opposed to standard, giving you 62x62mm images. It's available in black with rose gold detailing or white with silver detailing. here, we find out how it performs. 

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3 is a great choice if you're a fan of the square format film and want to be able to create images from your smartphone that feel a little more robust than the small photo paper images created by rival brands. 

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Impossible I-1

Impossible I 1 Camera (5)

The Impossible I-1 camera uses the original Polaroid format film, now manufactured by Impossible, and is revolutionary in the instant camera market because it offers a full manual mode via an app. 

The camera can be fully controlled via an app as well as used normally, with the trigger button on the side. There's a pop-up viewfinder and the design is very geometric - to hold it it's best to use the provided camera strap. 

You can half-press the shutter button to focus the image and there are lots of modern features, bringing the format into the 21st century. We love what Impossible is doing here, and the app allows you a lot more control and creativity when taking images. For the serious instant film connoisseur, this camera ticks all the boxes. 

Film is available from £15.99 for 8 shots. 

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Kiipix Manual Smartphone Image Printer

Kiipix In Use

The Kiipix requires no batteries or Wi-Fi connection to work - it's a purely manual device that prints Fujifilm Instax Mini images by taking an image of your smartphone's screen. Again, this isn't strictly an instant camera, but it does let you produce instant smartphone images. 

Great for parties, it'll allow everyone to easily print photos from their phone. With no automation whatsoever, you even have to crank your images out of the device - it's a real DIY option. 

Print quality isn't the greatest as this can depend on the brightness of your screen and lighting conditions at the time of capture however it's a fantastic option for kids and the less tech savvy. 

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Polaroid Snap Instant

Polaroid Snap (1)

The Polaroid Snap Instant is a small and compact digital camera that uses 3 x 2 inch Zink paper to print out immediately visible images. There is the option to put a Polaroid-style border around the images.

It's great if you want to be able to take images digitally as well as print them out - there are options to shoot in black and white, retro and normal colour too. There is a 10-megapixel sensor and the images printed can also be used as stickers, so it would make a great present for older kids. 

Zinc paper is fairly reasonable to buy, with a pack of 50 papers costing £24.49

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Other Top Instant Cameras & Printers:

As of yet, ePHOTOzine hasn't reviewed the following instant cameras but as soon as we have, we'll be able to give them our star rating. 

 

Kodak Mini Shot 2

Kodak Mini Shot 2

 

The Kodak Mini Shot 2 Retro allows you to shoot and print snapshots anytime and anywhere! Print them directly from the Kodak Mini Shot 2 Retro or connect it to any mobile device via Bluetooth to print from the photo gallery quickly and effortlessly.

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Zink Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera

Zink Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera

This awesome handheld device lets you Take 16-megapixel photographs & Print instantly on 2”x3” sticky-back paper. No cumbersome cartridges required. By removing the need for ink and toner, ZINK paper cuts down on the waste that goes into landfills, resulting in a happier, healthier planet.

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Kodak Step Touch 

Kodak Step Touch

 

This unique camera/printer combo features a large LCD screen to frame the perfect shot, while onboard editing options let you perfect your photos. The camera comes with a starter pack of KODAK ZINK Photo Paper, so you can start taking pictures right out of the box.

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Canon Selphy QX10

Canon Selphy square

The Canon Selphy QX10 uses dye-sub printing technology to make prints which they say will last 100 years. It's quite large and heavy to carry about but it's great for printing at home. The paper packs come with an ink cartridge - everything is easy to load and operate. It prints 68x68mm images and there's a free app for you to use to edit images before you print. It's available in 4 colours and costs £139.99 at the time of writing. 

Buy on Amazon UK   

 

Fuji Instax Mini 9 

FUJI instax Mini 9 Camera with 10 Shots

 

The Instax Mini 9 is a compact instant camera with a cute and iconic design. It includes a selfie mirror and close-up lens as well as a high-key mode for brighter photos and an automatic exposure measurement for aperture settings. The Instax mini 9 is super easy to use, and compatible with Instax mini film for instant credit card-sized prints.

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Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type Camera

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type Camera

The Polaroid OneStep2 is a successor to the original Polaroid OneStep, the original Polaroid camera that, 40 years ago, made instant photography easy to partake in. The new camera features a powerful built-in flash, easy USB charging, long-lasting battery and self-timer feature. 

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Instax Hello Kitty Camera

Instax Hello Kitty Camera

 

For tweens and teens (and older Hello Kitty fans) that want their images instantly, this Hello Kitty themed Instax camera is the answer. It produces credit-card sized images and there are several themes of film available to express your creativity. The camera comes complete with accessories and a Hello Kitty themed film pack. There is a mirror on the front to help when taking selfies and a hi-key mode for a softer effect.

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Instant Camera Film:

When buying an instant camera there are a variety of accessories that you shouldn't be without and they, obviously, include film. 

 

Fujifilm film

Instax Mini film  -  When purchasing one of the many Instax Mini cameras on the market you'll need to make sure you have plenty of film, which is available in a variety of styles. 

 

Impossible films

Impossible Polaroid 600 film - If you'll be investing in an Impossible I-1 camera then there are a wide variety of films available for you to use. 

 

 

Instax wide film

Instax Wide film - For those purchasing the Lomo'Instant Wide, this film will be necessary for your camera. 

 

 

 

Instax Square film - For those purchasing the Fujifilm Instax SQ10, you'll need the Instax Square Instant Film pack. 

 

Canon XS 20L

Canon XS 20L paper - Packs of 20 papers for Canon's Selphy printers cost around £16 and come with an ink cartridge for the prints.

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