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The Best Instant Cameras on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best digital cameras, gifts for photographers, and an affordable, portable tripod, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed instant cameras on Amazon for IRL photo sharing. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best overall instant camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

“Instant cameras are making a comeback, and the Instax is a great little camera to buy. Great for parties, weddings, and other social occasions. I’ve bought this as a gift for parents and friends. The novelty of it is a lot of fun! Easy to load and start using right away. It’ll give you the lo-fi, saturated, vintage look people try to accomplish through filters on Instagram at the click of a button. Polaroid has even brought back their one-step design, but for the price, Instax is the way to go.”

Best instant camera and accessories bundle

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera + 14 Piece Instax Accessories Bundle

“Seriously, if I could give this package more stars, I would! For what you get and the price, this is truly amazing! My daughter’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks and she is graduating from high school on the first of June. I wanted to give her something that she can use during these last few days of high school. I was beyond impressed with not only the quantity of stuff that comes with this but the quality of the items. So much better than going to a store and having to buy each piece separately. You get a much better deal this way!”

Best instant camera with black-and-white mode

Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera

“I’ve got kids and they’re mostly the subject of the images I take. But 90 percent of the time, they are eager to look at their printed images with filthy hands or soaking wet, especially when we’re in the backyard and they’re having fun in their inflatable pool. Had I been using normal cameras with cheap papers, I would have lost those precious photos already due to my kids. But because I was using Printomatic, I get water-resistant printed images.”

Best multimode instant camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

“There’s something magical about instant cameras. Perhaps it’s that you’re shooting on actual film, or maybe it’s that every shot you take is a one-of-a-kind physical artifact (which is special in today’s world of Instagram and Facebook, where photos are a dime a dozen). All I know for sure is that they are incredibly fun to use, and peoples’ eyes light up when you pull one of these out at a party. I’ve never seen shots from an Instax come out so consistently vibrant, crisp, and in focus until I tried this model. Recommended wholeheartedly, not just to photographers but to anyone who wants to bring a little bit of magic into their lives.”

Best instant cameras with built-in wireless printers

HP Sprocket 2-in-1 Portable Photo Printer & Instant Camera

“This is the perfect instant photo printer for parents, kids, scrapbookers, and those who love decorating their paper planners or journals! It is also great for do-it-yourself photo booths at parties! Set up was a breeze! Printer, camera, and picture quality are great for the value and size of this product.”

Kodak Mini Shot Instant Print Digital Camera & Printer With LCD Display

“The shots print out so fast! Another huge bonus is the fact that it can easily be connected to your other devices, so you don’t only have to depend on the camera to take pictures! You can also print the photos taken on other devices. Additionally, thanks to Bluetooth, you can even edit the photos that you take on the camera, directly on your phone!”

Best instant camera for selfies

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Film Camera

“The camera shines in ease of use. Various different settings take the guesswork out of the process, giving the options for different use and lighting contexts. A small mirror in the front is a surprisingly old-school, capable way of framing the perfect selfie. This camera really is ideal for parties or crafts or anytime there is a use for immediacy over absolute quality. The quality isn’t bad, of course, very much in keeping with the medium, and will bring to mind the instant pictures of yore.”

Best instant camera for larger prints

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera

“We used this camera for our guest book for both of our wedding receptions. I debated between the mini and the wide, and I am really glad I spent the extra to get the wide because it gives you room for a group rather than just one or two people. People really enjoyed the nostalgia of the instant photo, and kids just thought it was cool because it was different. Definitely fun!”

Best instant cameras with two shutter buttons

Fujifilm Instax Mini 26 + Rainbow Film Bundle

“I researched a lot of instant cameras, and this one had everything I was looking for. The pictures come out instantly and develop within 15 seconds. The picture quality is excellent; they are crystal clear and have good color quality. Looking through the viewfinder is fantastic, it’s spot-on and every picture I took got everything I wanted in the picture. It’s simple and easy. This camera isn’t bulky, it’s not too heavy, and the curvy design feels comfortable in the hands.”

Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 Instant Film Camera

“This camera is perfect for trips, parties, and really anything that you would love to have a portable memory of. The pictures are credit-card size and are actually pretty cool because you can fit them into your wallet, but just as easily combine them for a collage or scrapbook or something. Every single place I’ve brought this thing, it’s been a hit, and people love taking instant pictures that they can carry around with them everywhere. Almost like a portable photo booth, but B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Props).”

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The Best Instant Cameras on Amazon, According to Reviewers