Three Retro Modern Instant Film Cameras For the More Serious Photographer

Instant film cameras, otherwise called Polaroid cameras, are incredibly fun and have been incredibly popular with lots of people. Typically, the cameras and film are most in use with young adults though in recent years, there have been more efforts to expand the category to make it appeal to those who want something a bit more serious. Whether it’s the case of adding manual controls or even giving off a nice retro aesthetic, some cameras have just been more popular with the folks who reach for higher fruit.

So if you’re looking to go for some of those more serious instant film camera offerings, then look no further than right here.

Mint Camera SLR670S with Time Machine

The Mint Camera SLR670S shoots Impossible Project 600 film. When using the Time Machine you can control the shutter speed manually. This makes this camera one of the best options for many photographers.

In our review, we state:

“As far as image quality goes, this is honestly the best you’re going to get from the Impossible Project film. The lenses in the SLR670 are very sharp, detailed, have nice bokeh, and are capable of some really beautiful images. It truly shows off what the film is capable of delivering.”

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 has exposure compensation and a double exposure mode. It’s really fun and uses the Instax Mini 90 format.

In our review, we state:

“If you’re looking to do loads of pixel peeping, this isn’t the camera for you and you should probably smack yourself really hard before even considering something like this. The Instax Mini 90 is a creative camera with an emphasis on giving people that love the fun-filled party cameras a bit more creativity and versatility. With that said though, this is a camera that will be targeted at and sold to people that value creativity and looks first. It can be the fun little camera that they snap instant moments with and then take with them to a weekend getaway. For those folks, it will probably be the only camera they will ever own and need.”

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Pro Tip: Have a lot of fun with Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome. It’s a medium contrast film with beautiful image quality and smooth tones.

Mint Camera TL70 2.0

The Mint InstantFlex TL70 2.0 includes a brighter finder system and uses an aperture priority metering system. It’s a TLR and the camera is just the thing that many photographers need.

In our review, we state:

“It’s not exactly easy to gauge the metering with this camera at all since it’s an aperture priority camera. However what I can tell you is that if you’re going to backlight your subject, make sure that the light isn’t in the frame or else it will greatly underexpose the scene.

Also, always keep in mind that Instax film is at ISO 800 and that the minimum aperture is f5.6. For that reason, it’s best to always keep in mind the Sunny 16 methods and remember to change your aperture settings.

In really low light, just give up and switch to bulb mode with a tripod.”

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.