#TechTuesdays: Capture Priceless Travel Moments With These Instant-Print Camerasby | July 02, 2019
A large chunk of our travels are dedicated to capturing precious moments so they remain etched in our memories. But let’s face it, who has the time to scroll through thousands of photographs saved on our trusty smartphones? However, it’s always a good idea to bank a few physical prints that you’ll actually flip through, place neatly in an album, or even assign to a blank wall in your home that you can ultimately fill up with photographs of significant moments from your escapades, or just hallmark occasions that occur through the course of our lives.
And to serve this exact purpose there’s Instant-Print Cameras, that are just what you need for those one-off occasions that deserve to be captured. But what really adds to their allure (in addition to their compact size), is the old-school analog design and the Polaroid-style photographs that they produce in a jiffy. Adding to their superior functionality is the fact that they’re very low maintenance—all you need are fresh batteries and a pack of film and you’re good to go.
Whether you’re into taking professional style pictures, or just keepsakes, we’ve rounded up the coolest (and cutest) instant-print cameras that you should consider carrying with you on your next adventure.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 70
Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 90 is probably the most popular instant camera on the market, and the 70 is an improvised version of that. Economically priced, it’s fully automatic with optimized exposure, flash and focus features. It’s super easy to use and comes with a self-timer, built-in selfie mode, and a tiny selfie mirror in the front leaving no room for bad photographs.
Polaroid Originals OneStep2 (Stranger Things Edition)
Just ahead of the premiere of Stranger Things’ Season 3 (which airs this Thursday), the super-hit TV series has collaborated with Polaroid to create a limited edition version of their best-selling OneStep 2 Instant Camera. It features an ‘Upside Down’ design, and is equipped with point-and-shoot functionality, a self-timer, and produces clear, high-quality images thanks to its superior lens.
The Sofort Instant Camera from leading camera makers Leica, combines the analog design of an instant camera with newer technology. The device comes pre-programmed with several point-and-shoot modes, but also gives the photographer complete control with it’s manual mode. And even though it’s crafted from plastic, it’s just as sturdy and well-built as any professional DSLR.
The newest addition to Kodak’s line of instant-print digital cameras, the Smile is a lightweight, minimal device with a lot more features as compared to its counterparts. The easy-to-use camera features point-and-shoot functionality, and a MicroSD slot that can save all your images. The USP? You can review, edit and choose the photographs that you want to print, so you only print the best ones.
Lomography Lomo'Instant Automat
If you’re a fan of super sleek design, Lomography’s Lomo‘Inststant Automat is just the device for you. Built-in features aside, it allows for more flexibility with the range of lens options (close-up, wide and fisheye) that are compatible with it. And while the creators gave the self-timer a skip, it does give you full control over the exposure feature, leaving ample room for creativity.
Love the old-school aesthetic and charm of an analog camera? Then get your hands on the Impossible I-1, which is the coolest looking instant camera you’ll ever set your eyes on. The lights around the lens not only complement it’s vintage design, but also work as a flash so your subject (or selfie) is well-lit with a diffused glow. Definitely a win-win for those who like to experiment with their photography skills! It also features a self-timer and, exposure and shutter speed adjustments that give the user full freedom of use.
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