6 Favorite Instant Cameras & Printers
Never miss a moment with these instant cameras and portable printers, tested by the Sunset team
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Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic
Instax Minis are everywhere these days, but you can upgrade your shot with the 90 Neo Classic. The design leans into a retro-camera style, and offers a myriad of extra features for the higher price tag. Take advantage of bulb and double exposures to play creatively with light, or try the macro mode and high-performance flash. The Neo 90 isn’t just for making a style statement; an advanced photographer (or an interested learner) can take advantage of the analog style to capture fresh photos instantly. Or, use it the way you would a regular Instax and enjoy the upscale exterior.
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Fujifilm Instax Share SP-3
Want something on a Polaroid-esque Instax print, but always feel like it isn’t the perfect shot? Especially with high film costs, you feel compelled to save them for the perfect photo. The SP-3 lets you choose a photo from your camera roll and instantly print it as if it was snapped with a classic Instax, with no regret of wishing it was a better photo. The compact size fits into a midsize purse or can be tucked away at home (maybe positioned on a bookshelf so you can admire the gadget’s geometric design) and has a rechargeable battery. The device can even print photos from social media, but be warned that it’ll have tags that show the likes and tags on the photo as well.
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Miss those disposable camera days? Capture the same feeling, but now with instant gratification, with Kodak’s Printomatic. Sized similarly as a cell phone with one half white, one half a pastel color (such as the classic Kodak yellow) and a lens in the middle, you’ll get a larger print with these instant cameras, and no border to make it more of a true mini-photo. The photo quality is similar to a regular photo, but be warned that the colors can come out a little runnier than usual.
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Kodak Mini 2
Similar to the Instax’s SP, Kodak’s Mini 2 lets you choose a photo on your phone and print it directly to the printer, rather than trying to capture the shot with the Printomatic. This product is another great pick if you’re worried about wasting film, and if you tend to take 15 shots of the same thing before choosing the most print-worthy angle.
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Instax Mini 9
We guarantee you’ve seen this new classic Instax camera around at picnics or on your Instagram feed. The colorful pastel choices make it easy to personalize, and it’s a cinch to use: point and shoot to instantly get a photo on an Instax print. The Mini 9 arrived in early 2017 to replace the previous entry-level Instax, and comes with a built-in selfie mirror and a close-up lens attachment to up your instant photography game.
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Looking to stick photos in a travel diary or on a bulletin board? Print anything from a smartphone onto photos with a sticky back using the HP Sprocket, making it the perfect device for crafting, scrapbooking, or even just decorating a little journal with the kids.