Top 5 Best Polaroid Cameras Under $100 & $200

Best Polaroid Cameras Under $100 & $200

When it comes to photography, instant cameras are some of the most accessible and affordable devices for those who love to be creative. There is nothing like pressing that shutter button and seeing the camera spurt out a yet to be exposed photo!

You then get to wait in anticipation to see how the photo will turn out. Many times, these photos become keepsakes that you can look back on and reminisce about. And in many cases laugh at.

If you are new to instant photography and are on a budget, then you are in luck! I have rounded up and reviewed five of the best polaroid cameras under $100 and $200 so you can start capturing memories in an instant (pun intended ūüėČ).

best polaroid camera under $200

But first, a bit of bad news…

Polaroid cameras as we know them, have stopped being produced with the bankruptcy of the company in 2008 ūüėĒ. However not all hope is lost…

An initiative called the Impossible Project (now called Polaroid Originals) salvaged what was left of the company. Since 2008, they have gone on to start making film and even releasing a new Polaroid inspired camera!

There are also some other great companies out there who have seen this gap in the market. One company in particular is FujiFilm who have introduced their own great lineup of instant cameras ūüėć.

What puts the cherry on top for me is that most of these cameras are under the $100 price range. But in saying that, there are also some great choices of instant cameras under $200 too. Hence this article being broken up into two parts.

Ok, lets get stuck in!

Top 2 Best Polaroid Cameras Under $100


1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera РSmokey White 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Smokey White review

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera – Smokey White Specifications

Weight: 0.85 lbs
Film Size: 2.08in x 3.30in (5.3cm x 8.4cm)
Batteries Used: 2 x AA
Film Used: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
Price: Click here to find latest price

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera – Smokey White Review

Coming in first on my list is the uber cute and ultra affordable Fujifilm Instax 9 Instant Camera. In a nutshell, I love everything about this camera from the design, shooting modes and the quality of the film prints.

I don’t seem to be the only was as this model has over 2,100 reviews on Amazon, with an averge rating of 4.5 stars ūüėĪ. It is in fact one of the best selling products on all of Amazon! I feel a film revival coming along…

When is comes to the design of this camera, it couldn’t be more simpler. Which in my opinion is a great testament to a well designed product. Less is more. While it is made of plastic, it does feel very sturdy and fits¬†ergonomically in the hand. It also comes in 5 colors which you can see below.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera colors

After I inserted the film into the camera, all I had todo was select the shooting mode which can be done via the ring around the lens on the front. In total, there are 5 shooting modes. But I almost always took photos in automatic mode.

Once I pressed the shutter button on the side and the flash released, a piece of yet to be developed¬†2.08in x 3.30in¬†film would emerge from the bottom of the camera. Now comes the magical part of watching the film develop! Generally this takes about 3-4 minutes, but it can feel like a lifetime ūüėČ.

Talking about film, this brings me to the film quality component, or with instant cameras, the lack of it. What really stood out for me with this Fujifilm Instax 9 Instant Camera was the homage style look to the original Polaroid film. It still holds onto the washed out/ faded look while also keeping that vintage nostalgia. 

Overall I was super impressed with this camera and I can see why it is quickly becoming such an icon. This is hands down one the best polaroid cameras under $100 that I tested. I just wish that I got more film!


2. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera review

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera Specifications

Weight: 2.10 lbs
Film Size: 3.38in x 4.25in (8.6cm x 10.8cm)
Batteries Used: 4 x AA
Film Used: Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Film
Price: Click here to find latest price

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera Review

Next up on my list is another value packed instant camera from Fujifilm. This Instax Wide 300 builds on everything good about the Instax 9. One of the biggest differentiating factors between these two models is the larger prints.

How much wider are these prints? The dimensions of the film are 3.38in x 4.25in which adds an inch to the vertical and horizontal when compared to the Instax 9. While an inch may not seem like much, the size difference when comparing the two prints is massive!

I find these larger film prints are great for scrapbooking and other montage type of designs.

When it comes to the design of this instant camera, there is no escaping the fact that it is on the bulky side. Measured up, it is¬†6.6 x 3.7 x 4.7 inches excluding any protrusions. But this larger footprint was a compromise I was happy to make for the larger photo size ūüėä. One of these ‘protrusions’ is the variable lens which is also great for getting up close to a¬†subject!

As for the film on this camera, it follows the same trend as the Instax 9 and produces that same vintage tint which we have come to love. While the images still have that washed out vibe, I would say this camera produces a more contrasty look and seems to be a tad sharper.

Recently I also took this camera to a friends wedding with a huge stock pile of film. Lets just say after a few drinks, everyone wanted to get their hands on this! Overall, this camera was a ton of fun to shoot with. A must have!


Top 3 Best Polaroid Cameras Under $200

Originally this post was going to be focused on instant cameras under $100. But after a lot of research, there is a limit to the cameras under this price point.

This led me to break this article into two parts, first being under $100, and the second being sub $200. So without further adieu, here are some of the best polaroid cameras under $200 that I found!


3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (Neo Classic) Instant Film Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (Neo Classic) Instant Film Camera review

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (Neo Classic) Instant Film Camera Specifications 

Weight: 1.02 lbs
Film Size: 2.08in x 3.30in (5.3cm x 8.4cm)
Batteries Used: 2 x AA
Film Used: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
Price: Click here to find latest price

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (Neo Classic) Instant Film Camera Review

Coming in first on my list of sub $200 instant cameras is the vintage/classical style Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. I really wanted to make this my number one pick for the sub $100 list. But it is just a tad over the threshold!

If I was going to compare this model to the Instax 9, I would have to say this this is the more mature older sister. It essentially takes the same format of images, but has a more polished look and offers up a lot more settings. It also reminds me of the older Fuji analogue or Leica cameras ūüďł.

As for the settings, it has the ability to do great double exposures which is made possible by the high performance flash and bulb mode. This really does open up a whole new world of creativity and is a great concept of photography to learn about.

Supporting features include kids mode and party mode. Kids mode is great for low light settings/over cast days and capturing fast subjects like kids or animals. I also found party mode was useful in dark settings for events and parties as it enabled the subject and background to be well lit.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 (Neo Classic) sample images

While I’m still on modes, ‘Auto Mode’ detects the brightness/darkness of the surroundings and adjusts the shutter speed and flash to capture the best possible exposure. Now that is smart!

When it came to the photos, I was incredibly impressed by the grungy look that it gave off. A true successor to a polaroid camera. You can check out the same images above!

Overall this camera was an absolute joy to use and I loved being able to give a physical photo to someone! It’s because of its smart capabilities, design and great film that earns this model earns my pick for the best Polaroid camera under $200!