The best instant cameras

Best instant camera: a young girl holding a vintage instant camera over her face to take a photograph
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The best instant camera can offer immediate gratification. You get a hard copy physical image at the touch of the button, which can be hugely useful if you're working on a project and need to line up images on a board for comparison. While instant cameras have been around for a long, long time, the best instant cameras today, including the best Polaroid camera, offer increasingly improved capabilities and modern features such as bluetooth connectivity, glass lenses and dual-lens autofocus. 

Many people may have consigned instant cameras to the past considering the quality of cameras now available on phones (see our guide to the best camera phones), but smartphone snaps tend to get forgotten about in the cloud, and if you want to print them, ink costs a fortune. As a result, owning one of the best instant cameras is still a good idea. In the guide below, we outline our top choices for a variety of print sizes, aspect ratios, prices and brands, including the best Polaroid camera. You'll find something for everyone, including models for children, and direct links to the best current prices.

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Jason Parnell-Brookes

Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer, educator and writer. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients. For Creative Bloq, he writes about cameras, photography and video and photo editing.