Best Instant Camera

By: Tara Tuckwiller on September 19, 2017

Editor's Note:
Remember Polaroids? Well, instant cameras are back -- and they're a fun alternative to cheap digital cameras, and owners and critics adore them. But while there are lots of options at a wide range of price points, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 snaps right to the top in most reviews. It's the subject of this Quick Take report.

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Reviewers love the fun, cheap Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. The tiny, retro-styled Instax spits out credit card-sized little snapshots that develop right before your eyes, like the Polaroids of yore. It's truly point-and-shoot, experts say: Even a novice can take reliably good photos with the Instax. Photos cost about 62 cents per shot.

Buy for $121.34

Quick Take:

Instant cameras, which produce a Polaroid-like snapshot that develops in minutes, have become a sensation. "There’s nothing quite like taking someone’s picture and then moments later sharing the only version of it in the world with them as a gift," says Erin Lodi at And no instant camera draws more love than the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. It's solidly built, with more manual controls than other instant cameras, and it creates reliably good photos in auto mode (even at night, with the built-in flash). The Instax Mini 90 comes with a rechargeable battery, charger and shoulder strap.

Top 5 Instant Camera Reviews

  1. - The Best Instant Camera, Erin Lodi, Sept 12, 2017 updates its guide to the best instant cameras with 10 additional hours of research and testing. A top instant camera overall is named, as is a budget pick and some alternatives.

  2. - The Best Instant Film Cameras of 2017, Brendan Nystedt, Not dated tests the top selling instant cameras and names a Best Overall pick, as well as a Best Value choice. has a good reputation when it comes to testing the products it recommends, however the methodology for this review is not fully explained.

  3. - Articles tagged "gear-of-the-year-2016", Editors of, December 2016

    At the end of each year, the editors of, a respected site for all things related to digital photography, name their favorite gear of the year. Despite the fact that it's not a digital camera, one instant camera makes the grade for 2016.

  4. - Instant Film Cameras, Contributors to, As of September 2017

    This is the web site of large NYC photography and electronics retailer, and as such tends to attract users that are well versed in cameras and technology. Over 180 instant film cameras and camera kits are available here. Some attract only a handful of reviews, and some none at all, but at least one instant camera draws tons of feedback, and a near 5-star rating.

  5. - Instant Cameras, Contributors to, As of September 2017

    The instant camera section of turns up thousands of entries -- though many are for accessories and film, rather than the cameras themselves. Still, it's worth sorting through things as no site we spotted has more instant cameras listed, many of which accumulate hundreds and sometimes thousands of reviews.

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