Smartphones are almost replacing cameras in photography today, but the re-emergence of Polaroid instant cameras in the market means a different thing in the photography world. Indeed, instant cameras are more superior to smartphones in photography in almost every aspect of the word. For this reason, if you are a professional photographer, you may consider buying instant cameras instead of using your smartphone to take photographs. If you are looking to own the best instant camera, here is a simple guide to buying them that you will find helpful.
Buying Instant Cameras
Choose an instant camera with the features that you are looking for. The features and specifications of a camera are the guiding factors in choosing a Polaroid instant camera. You should check both the basic features and additional features such as the auto mode and self-timer features. A good camera will have adjustable flash features that will make it suitable for use under various conditions. On top of taking great photos, it should also be able to record HD videos. Remember that Polaroid cameras dominated the market some years back. If you have ever used one during those days, you may be looking for a camera that has a stylish design that reminds you of those good old days while still having the modern appeal.
Choose a camera that is made of a durable material. You want to buy a camera that will have a long lifespan. Most Polaroid instant cameras are made of plastic, but with proper care and maintenance, they will serve you for a long period of time. You are likely to find that camera made of other materials are a bit heavy and are more expensive.
Look for cameras that take photos of your desired size. Instant camera films come in different sizes and while most cameras take photos of size 5.4 x 8.6 cm, you can look for cameras that can take photos that are as large as 10.6 x 8.4cm. Small-sized photos can comfortably be kept in the pocket as you travel but they may not be your thing. Whatever size you like, look for a camera that will satisfy your needs.
When you are done choosing the best instant cameras for your needs, look for reviews of the best instant cameras in the market today and read them. You will come across instant cameras such as the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, Fujifilm Instax Wide 300, Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10, and Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2. Read reviews of each of these cameras and compare them. Let us take an example.
• The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic has great looks, takes photos of size 6.2cm x 4.6cm and it is good for long trails of exposures. It captures vivid images that show both the subject and the background clearly and its double exposure feature allows you to take 2 photos in a single film.
• You can compare this camera with the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 camera which is both analog and digital. It has two modes of operation- the auto mode and the manual mode. It uses larger Instax films and it has 10 creative features, hence the name Square SQ10. However, it may not be a good camera for selfies. Overall, you will realize that the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is the best of the four cameras.