The Best Polaroid Cameras Under 200

Add Life to the Party with Polaroid

The first “instant film” camera hit the market in 1947. Imagine getting a hard copy picture within seconds of taking it. We’ve all seen yesteryear’s Polaroid cameras. They were clunky, the film was expensive, there was a gooey developer stick one had to run across the photo, the photo was not high quality, but one could view it almost instantly. However, the cameras were also the life of the party, being a centerpiece in many family reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, weddings, and more. Almost 70 years later, the iconic Polaroid camera has struggled to survive the digital age and even after going through bankruptcy, the Polaroid name still stands strong. It has flowed with technology to compete with today’s digital and instant film cameras. To survive the market, Polaroid has branched out into many other products such as mobile phones, tablets, printers, and televisions – all branded with the iconic Polaroid spectrum.

The Polaroid Brand

The Polaroid name is both a brand and a type; Polaroid is synonymous with instant film. The idea being if it is instant film it must be Polaroid. However, there are several other camera makers that utilize the instant film technology but not the Polaroid name. Polaroid lists five instant film cameras on their website. The focus of this article is to review the best Polaroid cameras under 200. Let us take a look.

Polaroid Z2300 10MP Digital Instant Print Camera

This camera packs a punch providing the best of both worlds – digital and instant print. This 10 megapixel camera acts like a point and shoot camera, only it can instantly print one’s photo on 2” x 3” Zink photo paper using the camera’s integrated printer. With a 6x zoom lens and video capabilities, this camera really packs the capabilities into a small package. In addition, photos can also be edited within the camera and saved to one’s computer as well. Editing features include cropping, borders, and filters. The camera features a 3inch LCD screen for better framing and viewing of pictures. A flash is also incorporated into the design. A MicroSD slot is available to add up to 32 gigabytes of storage.

The product dimensions are pocket-sized at 4.7 x 3 x 1.4 inches. It runs on four AA batteries, which come included with the camera. This little gem comes in a variety of colors: black, white, red, blue, and purple, and as always features the Polaroid spectrum design.

Polaroid Z2300 10MP Digital

Polaroid One Step Close-Up 600 Instant Camera

This camera has a more classic look of Polaroid’s gone by. Some of the features include an integrated flash and point and shoot flexibility with automatic focusing. The flash has a range up to ten feet. As the name suggests, this camera is perfect for close ups between two and four feet utilizing the close up lens.

With a slightly larger form at 6.3 x 6.1 x 5.1 inches, the camera features an integrated case to protect the lens and flash mechanisms. It comes in one color, black.

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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid’s newest camera is the Snap; similar to the Z2300, it is both a digital and an instant print camera. The ten megapixel camera has three color settings: normal color, black and white, and sepia tone. This sporty camera also has a photo booth option that spits out six speedy pictures in just ten seconds. The integrated Zink printer puts out excellent photos on high quality Zink photo paper using the Zero ink technology. The 2” x 3” photos have an adhesive backing for easy posting. The camera allows one to print photos with or without a border. The digital images can be uploaded to one’s computer for safe keeping. This camera also features a MicroSD slot for larger storage capabilities and a self timer so one can get in the picture as well.

The foot print of this camera is 6.6 x 6 x 1.9 inches; compact, yet big enough to get a good grip to point and shoot. This camera comes in four fashion colors: black, white, red and blue.
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid OneStep SX-70 Instant Camera

This could be considered a vintage camera. It utilizes the SX-70 film technology that allows one to watch the photo appear before their eyes. The features include an automatic flash and auto-focus technology.

This is the largest camera we have looked at today measuring 10.2 x 5.9 x 4.7 inches. This camera is available in black and white. The OneStep is still featured on the Polaroid website but this writer could not find it available as a new camera.

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Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera

This little analog camera is able to print compact, business card sized pictures. It may be considered a novelty, but it can bring a lot of laughs to the party, reunion or back yard barbecue. Who doesn’t love taking funny pictures and pinning them up immediately for one’s friends to enjoy.

This camera is small with a footprint of 4.7 x 2.8 x 4.8 inches. The camera could be labeled “candid camera” because it prints what one takes. There is no editing capability; what you see is what you get so to speak. It comes in festive colors: red, blue, purple and black.

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Summary

Polaroid offers a nice selection of instant film cameras. All  these cameras fall into two categories: digital/instant film combination and analog instant film. The two digital cameras offer great value – the digital technology combined with the Zero ink, instant print expertise. For one hoping to save and edit their photographs, one of these cameras would be the best option.

Believe it or not, there are people that don’t care about digital capabilities. They just want a camera that easily prints nice pictures. There is no hassle of getting film developed. No waiting time to access one’s photos. The instant print technology is just that – it provides one with pictures within a few short seconds. With three great cameras to choose from, one of the analog cameras fit the bill.

The renowned Polaroid name stands for fun, flexibility and quality. Still a front runner in instant film cameras, Polaroid offers a great camera with a very reasonable price point. At your next event, just point, shoot and print.

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