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The Best Instant Cameras to Buy for 2021

Have you been keeping up with the new trend, despite it really not being a trend but rather somewhat a mirror image of the 1940s? If you didn’t guess it properly, that’s fine. Anyway, I’m here to tell you that instant cameras are making a come back. The reason being that instant cameras not only give you that nostalgic look but they just look so damn good. Plus, they make your feed stand out from the rest, even though there’s a big possibility the “rest” is doing the same as you. But who cares? As someone who’s also on the hunt to find the best instant cameras for 2021, here’s what I have found advised by lead camera analyst for PCmag.

1. Instax Mini

“Instax Mini film is about the size of a credit card when you take its border into account, and has an image area that is 2.4 by 1.8 inches (HW) in size.” – Jim Fisher

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
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2. Instax Wide

“If you prefer a bigger image, you can opt for the Instax Wide format, also available in color or black-and-white. The image size is about double that of Mini—basically two mini shots side-by-side at 2.4 by 3.9 inches. But it’s not double the cost of Mini—expect to spend around $0.75 for color and $1.30 for each black-and-white image.” – Jim Fisher

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300
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3. Lomography Lomo’Instant Square

“Fujifilm sells a digital version, the SQ20, and a wireless printer for the format, the SP-3. If you prefer a pure analog camera, you can choose from the Instax Square SQ6, Lomo’Instant Square, and Lomography Diana Instant Square.”- Jim Fisher

Lomography Lomo'Instant Square
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4. Polaroid Originals OneStep+

As for Polaroids, “Its modern models include the Impossible I-1, Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 and OneStep+, and Polaroid Now. All use I-Type film, the same size and quality as the 600 format, but without a battery, so it can’t power vintage cameras. The best price is for a five-pack, $65, about $1.60 an image.” – Jim Fisher

Even though a polaroid film is bigger, the quality is horrible compared to the Instax. “Colors shift in cold temperatures, overall saturation isn’t as deep as with Instax, and you’ve got to take care to shield it from light as it develops. The black-and-white film is a lot better. Both have a larger image area than Instax Square, so the more impactful image might make it worth it to you,” said Jim Fisher

Polaroid Originals OneStep+
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So there you have it: the best instant cameras for 2021. Within the next few months, you’re Instagram will be popping.

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