6 Best Instant Cameras That Are Expert-Approved & Gift-Worthy

6 Best Instant Cameras That Are Expert-Approved & Gift-Worthy


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Accessories of the past have become today’s newest trends: think bucket hats, friendship bracelets and even jelly shoes. Our nostalgia has reached even our tech, with instant cameras and flip phones becoming the latest accessories to own. Celebrities including Machine Gun Kelly and Taylor Swift have even been spotted using retro cameras rather than their smartphones.



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Snapping a pic on your smartphone may be the fastest way to take a photo, but instant cameras can capture spontaneous moments while creating tangible photographs you can hold in a matter of seconds. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or gifts for everyone on your holiday list, retailers like Walmart and Amazon have a slew of instant cameras your cart will be begging to have added.

If you’re ready to hop on the trend, Billboard Shopping spoke with Mitch Holson, a photographer at Atlantic Records who gave his tips and tricks for finding the right instant camera.

Before adding a camera to your cart, there’s another popular model (disposable cameras), which may seem similar to an instant camera, but hold a major difference.

“Film in a disposable camera is 35mm film, which needs to be developed after the fact — either in a lab or through self-processing,” Holson explains. “An instant camera uses a self-developing film, which provides you with results within a few minutes.”

If you’re not looking to get too technical, then an instant camera will be more user friendly. “Oftentimes, the [instant] camera makes decisions for you depending on the lighting conditions, and the on-board flash makes taking photos in low light relatively simple for beginners looking for results,” he adds. “So, it’s truly a snap-and-go camera if that’s how you like to take images. The other benefit is that you get to see your photos very quickly.”

Holson prefers using an instant camera with auto-focus capabilities for professional use, as it provides sharper images. And, if you “aren’t looking for sharpness, [you] should embrace the overall softness of instant cameras” as “there’s something cool and nostalgic about it,” he shared. Weight will also be a big factor to consider, as the lighter the camera, the easier it will be to take out and snap a pic.

Read on to shop his picks (and a few reviewer-loved ones) below.

Best Instant Cameras

blue instant camera next to pack of film


Fujifilm Instax Mini 7

27% off

Not only is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 on sale for less than $50, but the trendy blue shade it comes in is perfect for displaying even when you’re done snapping pics for the day. You won’t have to grab a pack of film either as the set includes a 10-pack that’ll last you awhile before needing to restock.

Best Instant Cameras, According to a Photographer


Polaroid Now+

13% off

12% off

For a more budget-friendly model, the Polaroid Now+ is an instant camera Holson says is ideal for the “everyday person.” Connect it to the accompanying app to personalize photos and use different filters. It also comes with five lenses for further customization.

Best Instant Cameras, According to a Photographer


Fujifilm Instax Mini EVO Hybrid Instant Camera



Holson’s favorite to use is the Fujifilm Instax Mini for its modern-meets-retro design and features.

It “allows you to take photos digitally then choose which ones to print,” he said. Plus, the digital library allows you to look through photos and print them as much as you want. The kit even comes with 10 lenses and film effects for further customization.

Best Instant Cameras, According to a Photographer

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Mint Camera InstantKon RF70 Instant Film Camera

This splurge-worthy option is another Holson pick, as the InstantKon RF70 Instant Film Camera gives you fast photos using a glass lens rather than the common plastic one. Beginners can use a the auto-focus feature while more experienced photographers can take advantage of the manual options.

Best Instant Cameras, According to a Photographer


KODAK Mini Shot 2 Retro Instant Digital Camera

8% off

Kodak’s Mini Shot 2 is a compact instant camera reviewers are loving for its ability to easily slip into your purse or backpack. Whether you’re traveling or hosting a party with friends, you can snap a picture and within minutes, have it print out. You can even print photos from your phone or smart device, using its Bluetooth capabilities.

white instant camera with printed photo

Best Buy

Canon – Ivy CLIQ+2 Instant Film Camera

38% off

The Canon Ivy CLIQ+2 Instant Camera combines modern looks with retro photos. Shoppers enjoy the pocket-size design and the peel-and-stick backing on the printed photos.

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