Instant cameras to immortalize your greatest moments

Instant gratification and nostalgia.

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Snap and enjoy.Eniko Kis via Unsplash

Instant cameras are back, and for good reason: not only can you immediately hold a physical copy of the image, but the likeness is all but impossible to replicate, making the moment and object that much more precious. Instant photography feels a bit younger and more spontaneous, too—and some prints effectively blur our imperfections, making everybody look a bit better. Instant cameras make for great birthday presents, and something fun to do at weddings and on road trips. Below, some of our favorite cameras available now.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera
Automatic light detection in a bright package.Amazon

This sweet little camera comes in eye-catching colors like flamingo pink and lime green. Turn it on and it will automatically measure the recommended exposure for your current lighting. Going for a selfie? A small mirror on the front of the camera will ensure you snap the perfect angle. It uses two AA batteries for power and prints photos of 62mm x 46mm. Bring one to your next party.

Kodak Printomatic Digital Instant Print Camera
A slim and compact with adhesive-backed shots.Amazon

The Kodak Printomatic is a camera with an attractive, two-toned slim design available in a number of color schemes. Its 10 megapixel sensor and wide-angle lens render photos with great detail and help make sure nobody is left out of the shot. You can snap in color or black and white, and photos print in 2-inch x 3-inch formats on Kodak Zink Photo Paper, which is adhesive backed and water and tear resistant. As a backup, the camera also saves photos to a microSD card. Tuck one in your suit pocket and become the favorite guest at your friend’s wedding.

Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 VF
A fresh update on the first camera with a 60-day rechargeable battery.Amazon

Polaroid is practically synonymous with the instant camera, so no list of greats can fail to mention this update on the classic model. This latest version has 60 days of battery life (and is rechargeable via USB), a powerful built-in flash that you can turn off or adjust as needed, and a self-timer. It shoots on either the iconic 600 or i-Type films, and includes a neck strap. Choose a poppy color like coral, summer blue, and mint green.