|FujiFilm Instax 8s Blue|
If you are looking for the cheapest instant camera in market but also one use cheap instant film then you should try FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera. You can get this camera for around $70 from Amazon and Film cost is around $0.70 per exposure. This is the cheapest option you have if you consider both camera and film.
This Instax Mini 8 camera comes in 5 colors. Yellow, White, Blue, Pink and Black. Price will vary depending on color. At Amazon White model is the cheapest one and Blue model is the most expensive one ($76). But it's just few dollars difference so buy the color you really like to have.
This camera is smaller than old Instax 7s model and use 2 AA batteries to power it up. I think it's really a great news. It's easy to find AA batteries and cheap too. But I think it's lot better if you buy 4 rechargeable AA batteries with a charger. This kind of instant camera use lots of juice to print photos of batteries might not last long. So using rechargeable batteries will save money. Also those last longer than disposable batteries. Specailly if you going to use this camera for an event like a wedding or party where you will need to take lots of photos you need long lasting batteries. Buy Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries. These are the best and long lasting batteries in market. Better than all other types.
- Slimmer and lighter body 10% smaller than the Mini 7S.
- Automatic exposure measurement.
- High-Key mode for taking brighter pictures with a soft look.
- New improved viewfinder.
- CLose-up lens
- Powered by 2 AA batteries.
The camera use Fujifilm Instax Mini film which is one of the cheapest instant film in market. Film with white borders will cost you only around $0.65 per exposure. Always buy a bigger pack or price will be cheaper. There are Mini film packs with various theme borders like Hello Kitty, Winnie the Poo, Micky Mouse etc. These will cost you more than the type with white borders. But sometimes it's fun to use these Mini Instant film with color borders.
If you have a bigger budget then I recommend you to check Fujifilm Instax Mini 90s camera. Now this camera is the best instant camera in market today. Probably the best instant camera ever made so far. It cost you around $180 at Amazon with free shipping and uses same Instax Mini film. But it has more manual controls any instant camera ever had. If you can spend $180 then it's totally worth going for this camera.