Film is back? Film never left! Here are our picks of the best film cameras you can buy right now
1. Polaroid OneStep+
Instantly printing beautiful images in the style of the Polaroid cameras of old, the Polaroid OneStep+ is the latest iteration of Polaroid's new era of film cameras, following the company's rescue by the Impossible Project. The OneStep+ brings a new level of creativity to the table thanks to its connectivity functions, which allow it to connect to your smartphone via the Polaroid Originals app. Using this, you can explore new techniques like double exposure and light painting, as well as using the phone for remote camera triggering and manual settings adjustment. A new portrait lens also lets you get closer to your subect for perfect people pictures, every time you print.
2. Lomography Diana F+ Instant Film Camera
One of the darlings of the Lomography movement, the Diana F+ is a sophisticated all-in-one package for shooting instant film on the go. It takes Fujifilm instax film, and also has the standard Diana F+ back which enables the use of 120 medium format film. On its front is a 55mm lens, and it has two exposure modes – ‘N’ for normal daytime shooting, and ‘B’ for night shooting and long exposures. If you’re feeling daring, you can even unscrew the lens from the front to try your hand at pinhole photography!
Lomography Diana F+ Instant Film Camera
3. Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ6 Instant Camera
Stylish, simple to use and portable, the instax SQUARE SQ6 delivers instant 62x62mm square prints on 86x72mm film. It has plenty of exposure modes, with Auto Exposure Control, Selfie Mode/Mirror, Double Exposure Mode, Lighten/Darken Mode and Landscape/Macro Mode, and if you want to get extra creative you can also attach one of three colour filters (purple, green or orange) to its flash, giving your images a distinctive hue. The selfie mirror makes it great for groups and parties, too.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 Instant Camera - White
4. Lomo’Instant Automat Glass
This is the first instant film camera with a wide-angle, multi-coated glass lens, and also boasts one of the largest apertures on the market at f/4.5. What all this means is gorgeous prints even in poorer light, with rich colours and crisp detail. Adding to this enticing package is a minimum focus distance of 0.3m, allowing you to get close to your subjects and take advantage of the wide 38mm focal length. A remote control shutter release has also been cleverly built into the lens cap, and the Lomo'Instant Automat Glass also has a wide range of settings available and will automatically select the best ones for your shot.
Lomography Instant Automat Glass
5. Fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ20
This hybrid digital/film camera was released as part of the instax range in October 2018, and as such is packed with all the latest features. It's got 19 filters, a digital zoom and the new Motion Mode, which lets users extract a frame for printing from a short 15-second video clip. It's the easiest and fastest way to start shooting/printing instax images to share with your friends. The instax SQUARE SQ20 is compatible with both traditional white and black border square film.
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ20 Hybrid Camera - Black