There was a time when people did not upload our photos to the network and they were not saved in the internal memory or the memory card of the mobile. A time when the number of photos we could take was not infinite and we had to wait to develop them. These times will not return, but one of the curiosities that seems to have had a return are instant cameras, which print photos directly. Which is of interest not only to the nostalgic, but also to those who do not trust new technologies to save their memories.
Photo printers vs. instant cameras
Actually, these are two different products, although one of them is more of a device that integrates the camera itself and the photo printer. However, for the vast majority of the public we believe that a photo printer is better than connecting to our PC and thus being able to choose between the different photos that we have taken with the mobile phone, as well as being able to make the necessary corrections so that they do not come out with correct contrast, dodge, and temperature. In other words, being able to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Unfortunately, and it is important to clarify this, a good part of the thermal printers use a technology called ZINK, which is based on a type of thermal paper to print the images and whose refills cost much cheaper than solutions such as Polaroid either Instax. Which stand out for the quality of the printed colors. However, we have been able to verify that a good part of these cameras have a characteristic and that is that, since they are not digital, but analog, they do not have a CCD and this influences the fact that they do not have an LCD screen.
That is to say, they are not digital cameras for the most part, although we can find models that are. Although it is not the only problem, we can also find models without flash. In other words, today your mobile camera may take better photos than any of these cameras. However, this does not mean that you have to forget about your dream of having a photo album or wallpapering your house with them.
What camera do we recommend?
In the event that buying one catches your attention, we recommend the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40, which has made us fall in love with its totally retro style, takes high-quality photos, is easy to use and is ideal as a gift this Christmas. In addition, the type of paper you use ensures a good quality in the photos.
As an alternative, we recommend the Polaroid Now+, its design takes us back to the classic cameras of the brand. Its good point is the quality of the images, but it has the problem that each replacement is expensive and can cost us almost 2 euros per photo, but it is a good option for those who want to have their memories in the form of high-quality photos . In addition, you can find it in two colors, white or black.
The best photo printers you can buy
In the event that you want to opt for the solution of taking the photos with your mobile and printing them on a photo printer instead of taking them immediately on an instant camera, then we recommend the following models: Kodak Mini 2HDwhich is ideal for novice users and, therefore, with few demands and the Canon Selphy CP-100.