You have an Instagram feed where you want all your followers drooling over the perfect #staycation beachscapes. Or perhaps, you saw your friend posting that Halsey’s colours like polaroid on their feed and wondering how can you upload your retro-looking travel diaries? Instant film cameras are the quick fix solution and essential travel kits you need to pack while boarding your next flight. Easy to use, light to carry and you get a printed photo on the spot. Whilst there are a range of instant cameras to choose from, Fujifilm Instax mini 9 is our favourite.
It comes with a matching strap, a set of batteries, and a close-up lens attachment. But you will have to buy the instant film separately. The new camera is available in funky pastel shade of lime green, blue and red.
Focusing: Macro, Normal and Landscape
Available from: £69 at Currys PC World
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is built entirely of plastic, but the fit and finish is good with no crude edges or misaligned joints. Around the back, we have a little compartment for the film cartridge, an optical viewfinder, and a counter which shows you the number of unused film sheets remaining. The batteries slot in on the side, and there's a loop for the wrist strap on either side of the camera.
Since this isn’t a digital camera, there are no files to display for quality to be judged by. The final output is printed onto the film sheets, and that's that. The credit-card sized photographs make for fun mementos, but the output quality isn’t always predictable. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a functional upgrade over the Mini 8, with its useful close-up lens and selfie mirror that a lot of people will relate to.