Comparing the Fujifilm Instax vs Polaroid Snap
Are you looking for some throwback fun while using the improvements of upgraded technology? Let’s face it. We were all disappointed when they stopped making the old-school Polaroid cameras. While you can still find the film and pick up an old, but working camera as a rare find at a yard sale, or even on Ebay, there are some new options that use modern technology with the same concept that still offer the retro feel of an old polaroid but have been updated with some stylish minimalist features. They’re instant. They’re fun. They’re trendy. And, there are models to fit any size budget.
If you’re looking for high quality photos, with a minimalist look, with the quality that you would expect from a digital camera, doing what Polaroid does best, the Polaroid Snap is an excellent option! Boasting a compact size with photo quality at 10 megapixels, you can have the quality and convenience with full-color prints, in under a minute. Another fun feature is that the film comes with an adhesive backing that can be easily removed for happy, easy posting. There are six modes for capturing photos including the very vintage sepia, black and white and a few more allowing you to print instantly what you would go back and edit later. Incorporating classic Polaroid features with a new minimalist style, you can pick up the Polaroid snap in black, white, red or a great retro blue. It is also very versatile in that it even works without instant film with the additional purchase of a memory card, thus also doubling as a digital camera.
Another great option is the Fujifilm Instax Camera. Simply put, this is a modern version of the same old school concept Polaroid Camera. It’s a compact model that will easily fit in your pocket and is offered at a “mini” for even more convenience. It’s very user-friendly, basic point and shoot, makes this a great option for an on-the-go beginner. It offers different levels of exposure to allow you to capture the moment in any situation including indoors/night, cloudy/shade, sunny/slightly cloudy, and sunny and bright. The Instax Camera also boasts a stylish minimalist design, but also offers an array of classic retro colors including a soft, sixties-vibe blue, a great yellow that might remind you of a yellow submarine, a pink you would probably find in a flower on the side of a VW bus, and of course your classic black and white options if you aren’t looking for a conversation starter.
Let’s look at the two options. The Fujilim Instax offers a convenient battery option using just two AA batteries. However, they are sold separately. But, if you run out of power, you can pick up AA batteries nearly everywhere. The Polaroid Snap offers a long-lasting built-in lithium ion option which is obviously included in your purchase. However, it will require you to charge and recharge. Both offer a flash feature. The Snap offers a convenient timer option to ensure you capture the perfect group photo. The Instax offers a convenient zoom feature, while the Snap, though boasting high megapixels, is merely a point and shoot offering different capture modes.
Film is always a huge factor when considering the purchase of an instant camera. Do you remember the days when you had to flap and shake your instant photo in the air while the ink dried, hoping your final product didn’t have any running colors? Well, the good news is, no matter which option you choose to go with, you won’t have to worry about wet ink drying or running. Both cameras offer dry-print, full-color film. The film is going to run between ten and thirteen dollars for a twin pack. Each pack of film will print ten photos. So it is approximately fifty, to seventy-five cents, per printed photo when you consider the cost of film. You will also have to change film frequently if you plan on taking larger quantities of photos at a time.
Price is always a factor when you compare and contrast a product. Polaroid, who started it all, is offering the Snap at under $100. When you consider that you are getting not only the throwback convenience of an instant-print camera, but also the convenience of a digital camera so that your photos can be saved, viewed and shared later, it’s really a steal. If you’re looking for something more affordable, or maybe the gift is for a younger consumer that you aren’t willing to make a larger investment on, the Fujifilm Instax is currently offered around half the price. The Instax is a great deal for an instant camera with the zoom and flash features with the same cost expectation for film and convenient option for batteries.
In conclusion, while cameras and technology have certainly come a long way from the point and shoot, instant print, classic, one-color model, photography that used to be, there are some excellent models that will take you back to the good old days and still provide the quality that today’s technological advances provides us. So, if you are looking to bring back some oldies and goodies, and some modern upgrades to a classic throwback, there are some great options out there and the Snap and Instax have received raving customer reviews from very happy consumers. Each of them serves their niche and you should definitely select according to the needs for your intentions with its use. The Polaroid Snap lives up to its name legacy providing excellent quality, simplicity in operation, and the new technological features of doubling as a digital, multiple photo modes, and dry printing. It is definitely worth the money. The Fujifilm Instaxk, at nearly half the price, offers much of the same features including the stylish minimalist design, flash, multiple levels of exposure and instant prints. It is certainly an excellent value. Both of them are sure to provide the same excitement of instant photography and take you back to the good old days.