Six cameras to buy right now
The daddy of all instant cameras has launched the two-in-one shoot and print Polaroid Pop for its 80th anniversary. The palm-sized device is equipped with a 20-megapixel Cmos sensor and dual LED flash, plus a 3.97” colour LCD touchscreen display that allows for simple and quick editing – fun stickers, frames, filters and the like. Edited photos are printed directly onto Polaroid-size 3.5” x 4.25” framed shots using Zero Ink technology. With built-in WiFi, it’s easy to pull pictures directly off your camera or to print selfies from your phone. Choose between six colours: black, white, yellow, blue, pastel green and pink. $2,088; polaroid.com.
Okay, it’s not really a camera but the end result is the same as a Polaroid. A winner at the 2017 Japan Toys Awards, the Printoss instant photo printer offers the best of both worlds by allowing you to print onto film photos taken on your smartphone. It’s a simple process. First, fill the printer with standard Fujifilm Instax mini film. Next, place your phone on the device – face down with your selected picture – and press the manual shutter button. After that, just turn the handle on the side until your picture rolls out. The quality of the photos is as good as one taken with a regular instant camera. The Printoss comes in black, blue and pink, and can be easily folded up to slip in your pocket. Tip: Be sure to set your display to full brightness before printing to get the best result. $398; searchingc.com.
Paying tribute to classic Polaroid models, hipster favourite Lomography has recently launched the world’s first analogue camera to work with Fujifilm Instax Square Film: the Lomo’Instant Square. The camera has a 95mm glass lens and various creative features including unlimited multiple exposure, long exposure, a 10-second selfie function and flash colour filters. Colours available include black, white, brown red and a limited edition blue version. From $1,550; lomography.com.
We’ve mentioned all the other classics like Polaroid, Fujifilm and Lomography, so let’s not forget about Kodak. The century-old film brand is back producing instant cameras with the launch of the Kodak Printomatic. Featuring a simple point-and-shoot design, the pocketable 10-megapixel camera prints colour or black-and-white images on 2”x3” Kodak Zink photo paper, with Micro SD storage capacity. An easy-to-use option that’s affordably priced, too. $548; kodak.com.
The time for truly shameless selfies has come. You can now take a photo of yourself while pretending to touch-up your makeup via this digital camera – no film here – that looks just like a compact powder case. The 10.5-megapixel selfie camera offers a range of enhancement tools such as brightening, softening, slimming and flaw removal, as well as a built-in LED light ring that helps bring out your best features. This beaut’ can shoot up to 225 images with a fully charged battery. The camera comes in glossy, candy-like colours including green, white, violet and pink, and is equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth functions, so photos can be delivered straight to your smartphone. $3,980; available at Fortress stores and from casio-intl.com.
Renowned smartphone and beauty camera app company Meitu recently released the M8s smartphone in a limited edition branded with classic anime like Sailor Moon, Doraemon and Dragon Ball (in red, blue and silver respectively). All three editions are supplemented with exclusive accessories – you get a moon wand selfie stick with the Sailor Moon edition and a power bank for the Doraemon and Dragon Ball editions. You can forego your DSLR as the M8s is equipped with a 10.2-megapixel front camera with PDAF high-speed autofocus and an OIS vibration reduction function that improves low-light performance. $4,888; meitu.com.