Best New Instant Film Cameras for Fans of Retro Photography iMore 2019

Finding the perfect camera can be tough, but finding the perfect film camera for interesting, eye-catching, retro-style photography can be even tougher: that's why we made this list! Here are the best possible film cameras out there for fans of retro photography.

Wider is better: Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera

Nothing says retro more than a Polaroid-style film camera, and while plenty of newer instant cameras print their film in tiny rectangles, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera gives you a wide, impactful print. This film camera can be set-up on a tripod and has both light and dark control so you can always shoot the perfect piece of film.

$89 at Amazon

Keep it classic: Holga 120N Plastic Medium Format Camera

Not only is the Holga 120N Plastic Medium Format Camera a particularly beautiful looking camera, but it also shoots beautiful looking images. This retro-style film camera uses a vignette style, softening the edges on your photos and making them look more vintage. The camera only comes with two aperture settings, but the lack of varied shooting options is what really makes this camera feel like it stepped out of a time machine.

$45 at Amazon

Square film is great film: Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Film Camera

If you're a fan of square film and want it in an instant, then we recommend taking a peek at the super awesome Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Film Camera. This film camera gives you quite a few different shooting options and settings, while a mirror on the front allows you to snap the ideal selfie. The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Film Camera also comes with orange, purple, and green color filters that snap over your flash to tint and vintage-ize your photos a little more.

$109 at Amazon

Pricey but practical: Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide Camera

Go from fully automatic to painfully specific with some help from the Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide Camera. Unlike other film cameras on this list, this vintage-inspired camera comes with a 90mm lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens, and a close-up lens. The Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide Camera aims at allowing users to be as creative as humanly possible with their film photography, even going so far as to allow combining multiple exposures, long exposures, and much, much more.

$240 at Amazon

Fujifilm is always a good idea: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

If you've been at a Walmart or a Staples or even just scrolling through Instagram, you've probably seen a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera: and for good reasons! These little colorful cameras are incredibly practical and effortless to use. Just pop in your instant film, adjust the dial to the shooting setting (super sunny, sunny/sunny cloudy, cloudy/shade, or indoors/night), attach a macro or wide angle lens if you want, shoot, and print. It even comes with a selfie mirror, too!

$56 at Amazon

Affordable and retro all in one: Ansco Tegra 35mm Film Compact Point & Shoot Camera

Shoot beautiful film photography with this cost-efficient little guy aka the Ansco Tegra 35mm Film Compact Point & Shoot Camera. This point-and-shoot camera is similar to something your parents would bring on a road trip in the 90s. It's auto-winding capabilities, along with its light meter make it effortless to shoot with, while the lens cover switch protects the lens if you pop it in your bag for traveling.

$23 at Amazon

The weird, wide, vintage world: Polaroid Image/Spectra Camera

When you think about instant film, you probably think Polaroid — so check out the Polaroid Image/Spectra Camera if you're looking to get those vintage, instant shots! This particular camera prints wide film and is able to adjust the image using a lightening or darkening switch. The Polaroid Image/Spectra Camera is equipped with a powerful flash and is also super easy to use, so don't worry about not being a pro with it right away.

$140 at Polaroid

Whether you're someone who shoots professionally or someone who just wants to have some fun with new photography toys, having a vintage film camera on hand can always make your photos more interesting. We personally love the options that the Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide Camera allows for, but somebody might be in the market for something more simple! Good luck shopping, and happy shooting!

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