6 Reasons Why You Should Get An Instant Camera

6 Reasons Why You Should Get An Instant Camera

Do you remember the days of taking Polaroids with your friends? Or bringing your instant camera on vacation to capture every moment? Perhaps you’ve seen snaps of your parents when they were younger. Instant cameras are making a comeback! Let’s take a look at why you should have one.

Affordable And Easy To Use

Unlike digital cameras, there is no need to worry about learning how to use all the features. Just point and shoot! Whether or not you have any photography experience, you can capture beautiful moments in seconds. Not to mention how affordable they are compared to digitals.

Share Them With Friends And Family

People love instant cameras at special events! They're great for parties, weddings, and other events where you want to capture memories instantly.

It’s the perfect way to create unique, one-time memories you'll cherish forever. They produce one-of-a-kind images that you can never fully replicate, thanks to the chemical process inside the camera. 

The vintage look of Polaroid pictures is one of the reasons why they are becoming popular again. No two photos are ever alike.

Instant camera with photos scattered around it

Various Fun Colors And Designs

Instant cameras come in various colors and designs, from pink to blue to black, so you can find the perfect one to match your style and personality. 

Some of the designs are small and lightweight, so you can easily take them wherever you go. Toss one in your purse or backpack and you're good to go.

A couple taking a photo with an instant camera with a wrapped gift.

Fantastic Gift For Friends And Family

Instant cameras make unique and thoughtful gifts. Whether you give it to a friend, family member, or child, they can capture their memories for years to come. 

It Makes You More Intentional About Taking Pictures

With an instant camera, you have to be more intentional about your photos because you only have a limited number of shots. You are more likely to take time to compose your shots and capture special moments.

It Helps You Overcome Perfectionism

If you are a perfectionist, an instant camera can help you overcome your need for perfection. Since each photo is unique, you will learn to love the imperfections and embrace them as part of the charm of instant photography.

Polaroid Vs. Fujifilm

With the recent resurgence of film cameras, new types like the Polaroid Go and Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 have recently debuted to provide additional analog thrills. But with such incredible heritage in the industry, which one deserves to win the great 'Polaroid vs. Instax' quarrel?

That's a great question!

Polaroid cameras are well-known for their vintage aesthetic and retro charm. On the other hand, Fujifilm's designs tend to be more modern and sleek. But there's more to these brands than just looks.

Green Instax camera next to a plant.

The Size

It's also worth considering each brand's different types of instant cameras. For example, if you're looking for a mini camera that you can slip into your pocket, then Fujifilm's Instax Mini 11 would be a great option. If you want something a little more advanced, then the Instax SQ6 or SQ20 might be more up your street.

Polaroid also has a great selection of mini cameras, like the Polaroid Now and Polaroid Snap Touch. But if you're after something with a bit more oomph, you might want to check out the Polaroid 600 OneStep.

A Polaroid Now camera printing a photo

The Look

When it comes to the look and feel of the photos, Polaroid focuses on the classic old-school feel, whereas Fuji tends to have better contrast and more accurate color depiction.

Fuji Instax film comes in various sizes—mini, square, and wide. On the other hand, Polaroid stuck to its trusty large square format until recently when they released the Polaroid Go film, which is even smaller than the Instax Mini's film.

Both brands offer black & white or color film, and they've taken it one step further by adding different types of frames around the image. Take Polaroid's stunning Golden Moments Edition Film or Fujifilm's retro Mini Contact Sheet Film as great examples.

And The Winner Is

Okay, now it's time to tackle the most pressing question - which is the best instant camera brand, Polaroid or Instax?

For sheer bulk, the I-Type of Polaroid surpasses two of Fuji's three film types, and despite the varying aspect ratios, it is a close match for Instax Wide. However, while cameras that support it produce clear and concise images, there aren't many options to pick from, and the packs remain pricey. For the price of a single pack of eight color I-Type shots, you could buy two packs of ten Instax Mini Film.

If we have to be honest, each brand has its highs and lows, so when it comes to picking a favorite, it's all about who you're asking.

A collection of instant photos

Start Making Memories Today!

Instant cameras are a fun and affordable way to capture memories. They're perfect for special occasions, and watching the photos come alive is a magical process. You can find instant cameras in various colors and designs, making them easy to personalize. Plus, they make great gifts!

If you're unsure where to put all your photos (trust us, you'll have many), consider creating a photo wall with all your instant pics. Then, you can write the occasion or date on them and keep those special memories in one spot. That’s how we keep our memories alive here at Reformed Film Lab.

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