At a moment when analog cameras seem almost obsolete and it seems like everyone has gone digital, there is one exception: instant cameras are becoming incredibly popular. This type of camera uses self-printing camera rolls that produce the picture instantly. The only possible explanation for their success is that, given the digital society we live in nowadays, taking an analog picture has a certain vintage charm that makes these pictures incredibly special.
- Fujifilm / Polaroid Instax Mini 8 + Paper
- Fujifilm / Polaroid Instax 210
- Intax Paper / Fujifilm / Polaroid
The two most popular instant cameras are Polaroid and Fujifilm. In this post, we are going to explain the difference between the brands and show you how to find cheap instant cameras in AliExpress. The price difference is very big, so if you are thinking about buying either a Polaroid or Fujifilm, our personal advice is that you get it in AliExpress.
How to find cheap instant cameras in AliExpress
As many of you already know, one of the biggest advantages of AliExpress is that you can find original expensive brand products very cheap, including Fujifilm Instax and Polaroid cameras. In fact, AliExpress offers a wide variety of Chinese instant cameras that are both good quality and, best of all, cheap! In any case, like always, our advise is to talk to the seller about any doubts you might have before making a purchase.
It took a little investigating, but here are the best acronyms for finding the best deals for cheap instant cameras:
How to find cheap original instant cameras in AliExpress
You can also find original instant cameras in AliExpress, be it Polaroid’s most famous models (Polaroid 300, sx-70, z2300) or Fujifilm’s (x-t10, xt1, Instax Mini 8, fuji instax 210, etc.).
How can you tell the difference between an original and a replica? There are some things you need to look out for: the price (if it’s not much cheaper than the official shop, it’s probably original), pictures of the product (remember you can always contact the seller to get more photographs) and the use of the word “original” in the description of the product. On the other hand, many shops offer the “guaranteed authenticity” stamp. This stamp, endorsed by AliExpress, guarantees the 100% authenticity of the product: if it turns out to be a fake, you can contact AliExpress directly to get your money back.
Here is a list of the top rated shops to buy instant cameras in AliExpress:
GUANGZHOU CRECASE FLAGSHIP STORE – Don’t miss out on the offers from this shop with a 2 diamond rating: they have incredibly cheap Polaroid and Fujifilm cameras. To access the camera section just go to the page, click on products and then scroll down to “consumer electronics”, then, when the drop-down menu shows up, click on entertainment.
Shanghai Ceng Sheng Electronics and Technology Co. Ltd. – This shop has a 3 diamond rating and offers various articles as well as accessories, such as cheap covers and straps for your Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera.
Sunrise Company – Here you’ll be able to find very affordable Fujifilm Instax cameras. Furthermore, most of them come with free films.
CKOutlet. (Hong Kong) – A shop with 100% original cameras at incredible prices.
Where to buy cheap film for Polaroid / Fujifilm Instax
One of the main reasons anagogic cameras are becoming obsolete, is the price of films (plus developing expenses). Luckily, in AliExpress, you’ll be able to find very well priced films for your Polaroid and Fujifilm Instax cameras. Here are some of the best acronyms to find film for cameras such as the Instax Mini 8, the Polaroid Fujifilm Instax 210 or the classic Polaroid 600.
Differences between Polaroid and Fujifilm or Fuji Instax Mini
Although Polaroid is probably the best known instant camera brand, Fujifilm has been making some very good quality models recently, like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7, which is practically the same as the Polaroid 300 (in fact, you can use the same film for both cameras).
To tell the truth, both cameras are pretty similar, both are light and produce small format pictures, ideal for portraits and small frames (or updating you Instagram with better pictures 😉 ). Furthermore, because they are compatible, it makes it even easier to compare prices and find films.
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