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The Best Instant Cameras for 2020

As a photographer, I cherish the meaningful moments. That is the main reason why I started to take photos years ago. Looking back the images I captured with my cameras in 2019, many with some of the best instant cameras available, I can honestly say that I had a great year with my family and friends.  I look forward to seeing what’s in store for us in 2020 and hope you do as well. 

One of my New Year’s resolutions is a commitment to be intentional with family’s precious time together in 2020. One way I will do that is to make a point to capture the little moments of life with my cameras. I have always preferred candid shots to stiff, formal photographs and an instant camera is a great way to catch those experiences.

Instant cameras are affordable and will not break your wallet. It may be one of your best return on investment purchases in 2020. Take a look at our five best instant cameras for 2020. These cameras are not in any particular order but each and every one of them is an excellent choice.

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Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera

The first camera up is from a well-known instant camera maker, Polaroid. Polaroid Mint Instant Print Digital Camera is a great instant camera that lets you take 16 mp photographs and print instantly on 2×3” sticky-back paper. The sticky-back paper lets you take the photo and put it anywhere immediately without any taping or gluing. The beauty of the instant camera is that you don’t need any pricey toner, zinc cartridges, paper or ink at all. In a word: excellent! You can get the pack of film rolls in 20, 30, or 50 sheets, saving you money.

The Polaroid Mint is a unique camera because it features a vertical design that matches the way smartphone photos are taken. With a powerful battery and beautiful color quality, this camera will be ready for your next shot. Did I mention that you don’t have to buy batteries? The camera comes with a rechargeable battery.

This camera is a stylish and travel-friendly device that you can bring it anywhere. It’s a trim little camera at less than seven ounces and measuring 4.6” x 3.1” x 0.8”.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 – Instant Film Camera 

I like Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 because of its 1:1 square format and its strong high-performance flash. It doesn’t hurt that it is a nice-looking compact unit.

It automatically calculates surrounding lights and adjusts the camera shutter speed to accommodate the surroundings. This feature is known as 1:1 Square Format Programmed Electronic Shutter Release LED Display Inverted Galilean Finder with Target Spot Automatic Exposure Control. Yikes, that sounds so techie and long. But you get the idea. 

The flash lamp range can go from one foot to 8.9 feet. Additionally, it has landscape mode and flash-in macro mode. It can be a great camera for kids as well. can see my kids using the camera when they are older. This workhorse instant camera is worth a look.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

Many photographers prefer their photos to be bright in both day/night modes. Personally, I don’t like this because I want to get nice dark shades where there is a deep color in the photo.

Luckily, Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 can deliver that bright color for every shot. You have to get AA batteries periodically but the pictures come out super clean and bright. It adjusts its own brightness to make sure that you get the best photo every time.

Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera

That’s right. Kodak. The Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera is one of a kind. This 10-megapixel point-and-shoot camera offers a combination of a powerful sensor with a wide angle f/2 lens that instantly prints out a high-quality color/ or black directly from the camera.

This is a great instant camera for beginners who want good images without a lot of technical work. The Kodak PRINTOMATIC is so simple to use, you literally just point and shoot. It’s fast and super fun to play with. Plus, you don’t need a printer or computer to deliver high-quality photos.

The photos are 2” x 3” in size. The photo prints very durable, water-resistant, tear-resistant, smudge-free, and adhesive-backed.

The compact size of this camera makes it very easy to carry around everywhere. As a final bonus, the camera has a microSD card slot which allows you to save photos if you do not wish to print them immediately.

Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010)

Finally, here is our last contender, the Polaroid Originals OneStep+ (9010) We have all experienced the frustration of having the perfect moment to take photos: beautiful scene, awesome company, and perfect lighting. But wait–there is no battery in the camera.

Well, you don’t have to worry about that with the Polaroid Originals OneStep+. It has its Original Polaroid format and easy to use 60-day battery life. A powerful flash and handy self-timer mode make this instant camera one of the best ones out there. It can also be connected to a Bluetooth app, allowing you to manually control your own exposures.

The Polaroid OneStep has two separate lenses: standard and portrait. You can swap them back and forth to take photos from different distances. This one is the only one in this list that can be connected to your smartphone app, (iOS and Android devices) and transfer the images to your phone.

Which Instant Camera Will You Choose?

Keep learning about instant cameras with our posts on picking instant camera settings, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera and Polaroid Instant Cameras.

Any of these options will be a great addition to your camera gear. Compact, inexpensive, and capable of producing great images, an instant camera is definitely worth your time and money. Have fun!

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