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
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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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