The best instant cameras in 2024 – retro prints from Instax, Polaroid and more

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Polaroid Now+ Plus

(Image credit: James Artaius)

The Quick List ↩
1. Best overall – Polaroid Now+
2. Best budget – Instax Mini 12
3. Best pocket-sized – Polaroid Go
4. Best hybrid – Instax Mini Evo
5. Best all-rounder – Instax Mini 90
6. Best for simplicity – Polaroid Now
7. Best for style – Leica Sofort 2
8. Best for big photos – Instax Wide 300
9. Best square images – Instax Square SQ40
10. Best Zink camera – Kodak Smile Classic
How to choose
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The best instant cameras do something that no other camera can do: give you an immediate, physical, one-of-a-kind photograph. An actual photograph! 

A 40-year instant film addict!
James Artaius wearing a blue baseball shirt holding a Polaroid Stranger Things camera
A 40-year instant film addict!
James Artaius

I took my first Polaroid in 1984, and I've been addicted to instant cameras ever since! I've still got a Polaroid 600 from the Eighties, and I've long been a fan of Instax – I bought the very first Instax camera (the Mini 10), which is now 25 years old and still works like a charm. I love the Mini Link portable printers, too, which I often use to create mini photo albums for loved ones.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.