Four Instant Cameras

I’m a huge fan of shooting film. Even more than just shooting film, I love instant film. There’s just nothing more satisfying than getting instant tangible results. There are four instant cameras that I shoot with regularly that have easily attainable film. I thought I would share a little bit about each in hopes of inspiring some people to try out my favorite hobby!

land camera film

My personal favorite, the land camera. This is my absolute FAVORITE camera of all the cameras I own. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay three years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore.
They’re slightly pricey compared to what you’d find at a thrift store
or estate sale (you’ll most likely pay less than ten at a thrift store) but they have been tested and come converted to work with modern batteries. Plus
they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got
the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an
instructional DVD to help you out. If you don’t buy from them, there are tons of tutorials online to help you out. Everything from loading film, to converting the battery. I suppose there is a tiny learning curve but the photos are worth it!

You can find all my land camera photos here.

Approximate price per photo : black and white – $1.80  color – 90 cents
Where to buy film? Film can be found on amazon, black and white or color
The black and white film was recently discontinued, hence the major
price difference, so if you’d like some I’d stock up while you still

instax review

The Instax mini is
perhaps one of the most popular instant cameras out there right now, film for this camera can even be found at places like Target or WalMart in some cities! I own three instax
mini cameras, the 50S, the 7S, the 8. My first, the Instax mini 7S
is my favorite. It’s a chunky little camera that, in my opinion, isn’t
very reliable. Does that stop me from continuing to shoot with it? Nope
because when the pictures turn out even remotely like I pictured,
they’re amazing! Since you can’t adjust or turn off the flash (at least on the 7s) it can
sometimes blow out photos which is why I found it does best outdoors on
sunny days instead of in the house. I would consider it the easiest of these four to shoot, it’s even simple enough for children to use.

I think the number one selling point for these cameras is that they’re portable. Unlike a land camera, this little guy will easily fit in your bag so can take photos anywhere!

Approximate price per photo : 76 cents
Where to buy film? Amazon, Urban Outfitters, Color frame Version, Polka Dot Frame

The Instax 210 is pretty similar to the Instax Mini except the photos are twice the width. It performs best outside on sunny days. In my experience, I’ve found it’s
not reliable indoors, so much so that I’ve come to avoid ever taking any
pictures indoors. Not being able to control the flash makes it very easy to ruin photos indoors.

Approximate price per photo : 83 cents
Where to buy film? Amazon, Urban Outfitters

barbie polaroid, polaroid 600

Polaroid 600! The very first instant camera most probably shot with. Although Polaroid quit manufacturing film a few years back, Impossible Project picked up the torch and starting making their own. Impossible Project film has been known to be a bit temperamental but when the photo turns out even prettier than you pictured it’s worth it. I’ve had nothing but good luck with their film but I have heard many horror stories. It’s super important to follow the directions closely (especially shading the photo while it develops) for best results.

It’s the most expensive of these four to shoot but for me at least, nothing beats it. Plus Impossible Project has come out with so many fun frames, it’s hard to not want to shoot it!

Approximate price per photo : $2.94
Where to buy film? Amazon, Color frame (shown above), Urban Outfitters

PS. If you’re into spending big bucks on a camera, Urban Outfitters has the same Barbie Polaroid for sale! 

And those are the four instant cameras I shoot with regularly. I love encouraging others to shoot film so by all means, if you have any questions just holler!

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Hi Kaylah,

    Loving your posts on film photography! I am thinking of purchasing one of these Polaroid 215 Land cameras (the same as yours) but was suggested that I go for the Polaroid 250 Land camera as it has a rangefinder. However, there is also a price difference!! Based on your personal experience, do your photos turn out as expected? Do you have any other advice on this camera? Thanks for your help! Grace πŸ™‚

  • Wow, this post came at the perfect time! I was sooooo excited to find a Land Camera at my local thrift store the other week (for about $3, WOO!) and just yesterday I sat down with it and started searching online for tutorials on how to use it. It's a ColorPackII.

    Honestly, if I'd never read your blog I wouldn't even know what a Land Camera was, so thank you for all the wonderful inspiration! I'm excited to put mine to good use! πŸ™‚

  • My first instant was a Polaroid 600 which my now husband bought for me in 2003. My next was Instax Mini 7s which I love. Now I'm a bit picky on who can touch and fiddle with my cameras but I knew that my children, niece and nephew had never seen an instant camera before so put a film in just for them to use. They had never seen anything like it before and thought it was absolutely brilliant.
    The next instant I'm after is purely through purchasing the wrong film. The Instax 210. Thanks so much for the review on this camera Kaylah.

  • I have an instant camera that uses 600 film and I still haven't been able to use it. I have heard of the Impossible Project and was so excited to purchase some of their films about two years ago and then international shipping happened. The horror of paying triple the price for one box of film made me delay the experience. Now they are sold in a photography shop inside the city but still about $50 worth. I tried ebay and amazon as well but international shipment is always around the corner with insanely high prices :/

    P.S. My fave from you collection is the Land Camera as well. You take amazing shots with it!

  • ah, i've always wanted an instant camera and still haven't bought myself one.. it's a struggle choosing which one to get first, haha! i love the look of your land camera, and the photos you take with it are amazing. xx

  • Great post, I've been interested in instant cameras for a while now. I just got an Instax mini 8 and can't wait to gather tiny pics of my nearest and dearest! Love those old Polaroid 600s too πŸ™‚ xx