3 instant film cameras to try

1. Fuji Instax Mini/Wide

If you haven’t been involved with photography or you are a younger person, chances are you at least know of Fuji Instax. Fuji has been pumping out Fuji Instax Mini/Wide for quite some time now. You have two formats, mini (credit card size) and wide (Polaroid spectra size). These cameras are fairly simple to load, set, and shoot. Once shot, allow the photo to process (a couple minutes) and you will have a print right in your hands. Both camera and film sizes are readily available. All of them can be found online and some even in your local Walmart.

 Fuji Instax Mini (left) produces a credit card sized print whereas the Fuji Instax Wide (right) produces a wider more Polaroid like print.

Fuji Instax Mini (left) produces a credit card sized print whereas the Fuji Instax Wide (right) produces a wider more Polaroid like print.

2. Polaroid 600

These next two options, are not as simple as the Fuji Instax. Released in the 80s, Polaroid 600 is the iconic Polaroid that you remember your parents holding. Think black boxy camera with a super bright flash. Polaroid has since ceased making Polaroid 600 film (around 2008). However, a new company called The Impossible project has bought some of the old Polaroid machines and a factory. They actually came up with their own process and chemicals with the help of past Polaroid employees. The film they produce today is a lot better than their first round of film. You can purchase Polaroid 600 film and cameras on Impossible’s website. I suggest looking on eBay or Etsy before shelling out a couple hundred on Impossible’s cameras.

 The classic Polaroid 600 that everyone thinks of when you say Polaroid.

The classic Polaroid 600 that everyone thinks of when you say Polaroid.

3.  Polaroid sx70

Polaroid sx70 has the same story as Polaroid 600. They ceased production of film and The Impossible Project started making their own. Sx70 film is the same format as Polaroid 600 however, they have different film speeds. Polaroid sx70 has a ISO of 150 whereas Polaroid 600 has a ISO of 640. The one big selling point of the sx70 was its ability to fold flat and fit into a pocket. The revolutionary design made this camera a breeze to whip out of your pocket, snap a photo, and slide in right back in the pocket. Who doesn’t want a folding camera!?

 Polaroid sx70's design was revolutionary as it could fold flat and slip right into a pocket.

Polaroid sx70's design was revolutionary as it could fold flat and slip right into a pocket.

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