Getting started with Instant Film

Make every instant last for longer with your Instant camera photographs. When taking photos with Instant Film, it develops instantly: Press the shutter, capture the moment, and watch the photo slide out and the image develop in front of your eyes; Hi-speed, ISO 800 with superb grain quality, Instax Mini Film ensure vibrant color and natural skin tones

Point, shoot, and keep your best moments with a brand new Instant Film. A simple point‑and‑shoot camera with autofocus to help you catch life and capture every instant as you live it.

Our Instant Film packs include a negative, all the necessary chemical developers and substrates, and the positive paper required to produce the finished print. After you press the shutter, the print emerges from the camera, the development process begins, and the blank sheet turns into a color photograph within minutes. Most film packs come in bundles of 10 exposures, and most cameras have a countdown mechanism to tell you how many shots are left in the pack.

Take aim with a brand new Instant camera and fall for the magic of analog instant photography all over again. Try out your artistic skills using the latest Fujifilm Instax Mini or Polaroid camera, like the Instant instant camera available in a range of bold and bright, expressive colors to match your mood.

Who are Instant Photos for?

The big draw of instant cameras is that they’re fun to use and provide instant photo gratification. They’re a great conversation starter, and they give you an easy way to coax even the most camera-shy subjects into posing for a portrait. Plus, kids raised in the digital camera age are often fascinated by watching a tangible instant print develop.

Instant cameras are also great for sharing with the whole family, regardless of age or photography know-how. They’re well-suited to capturing the moment in a casual and inclusive manner, in part because the toylike appearance of instant cameras puts people at ease more than a serious-looking DSLR. The very novelty of an image that isn’t instantly posted to social media may also inspire more uninhibited poses. And in this age of digital files that are easily duplicated, there’s nothing quite like taking someone’s picture and moments later giving them the only version of it in the world.

That said, instant cameras are a decidedly retro proposition with a limited set of features. You don’t get a zoom lens. You won’t see an onscreen preview of how the lighting and contrast will affect your photograph, so you can’t predict how the photo will turn out. But those shortcomings are part of what most people love about instant cameras. If you’re not interested in a camera with such limitations, a digital camera would be a better choice for you.

Looking for Instant Film for your Camera?

It’s also important to think about the kind of film a camera requires. Some papers, like Polaroid, deliver dream-like prints, while others, such as Instax, serve up more natural results. And the cost of film will also be a big factor when assessing the overall budget for your analog photography experiment: shooting with film can be an expensive business, so you’ll need to take account of the price of replacement paper.

Lomography Lomo’s latest camera on for size. The Polaroid Originals and Instax Mini-compatible cam are great on their own, taking sharp shots (especially if you opt for the glass-lensed, wide-angle Magellan edition) and including features many Fuji-made cameras omit. Long exposures, multiple exposures, and some exposure compensation abilities let you further express yourself. If you spring for Lomography's bundles, you’ll get macro, fish-eye, and wide attachments, along with the fantastic lens-covering Splitzer, which divides the frame up into sections that you can expose individually for a content collage effect.

The Best Instant Camera for your Photos

When choosing cameras to get the most out of your content, consider:

  • Easy to use: This should be a fun camera that can be enjoyed without much instruction or a big learning curve. And although sharing much of anything is a bit taboo these days, we still believe part of the allure of an instant camera is being able to pass it around, again, without much instruction, at any social gathering.
  • Reasonably priced film: No instant film is cheap, but if the price is significantly more than $1 a print, you have to get a really nice photo to warrant that kind of expense.
  • Creative controls: The simple, point-and-shoot fun of instant photos is great, but better instant cameras will also let you make minor adjustments to exposures, or even make multiple exposures on a single print to keep the experience fresh.
  • Decent battery life: You should never have to bring more than one set of spare batteries when you take your instant camera out for the day. We looked for cameras that are rated to let you shoot at least 100 photos with a set of batteries and gave extra points to those that we're able to shoot many more than that before exhausting their power supply.
  • Self-timer: take group shots where you're the center of attention. Set it up for multiple shots, and the camera will capture every single smile.

What are the Best-Sellers Instant Film?

Polaroid Film and Fujifilm’s Instax brand might be the most popular instant film camera of choice. It's become THE camera to use for parties, wedding receptions, and small gatherings as an immediate, personable gift to give your beloved company. On the SQ1, Fujifilm has removed multiple manual controls found on the previous model, the SQ6, and created a point-and-shoot instant camera that's incredibly simple to use. Although the controls are more limited, the improved auto-exposure system in the new Instax Square SQ1 delivers better-looking instant photos than the previous model.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are Instant Film Packs used for?

Instant film cameras are used for Instant Cameras and they are here to capture smooth camera photos while on the move (whether that's while taking a walk, running, climbing, driving, etc.) and help you to keep every single moment for life. Instant Cameras can give photos (even shot on smartphones) a rich, cinematic look and vintage look.

How much do Instant Film Packs cost?

Just like professional cameras or analog film rolls come in all shapes and sizes, instant film packs come at different prices. Capture your memories in retro style with square format film. We have awesome sweet packs of our Best Seller Fujifilm Instax Square Film starting at $19.99, giving you 20 frames to fill with vivid colors. Watch your shots develop in your hands in seconds!

Is it still worth it buying Instant Cameras?

Yes. Instant film cameras are the simplest way to capture the smoothest instant of your life while saving that physical memory for life. Test your creativity with different scenes and modes, on different days, and shooting with plenty of natural light (or alternatively, a handy flash). Be ready to catch all the action when adventure strikes, wherever it takes you, with your favorite instant camera and a good supply of fresh, chilled Instant Film.

Wrap Up

If you need help or recommendations when deciding which instant film would leverage your instant photography eye, contact one of our Gear Guides for support. We’ll match you to the right guide based on your experience and style, and help to find the right camera for you.