Price Points: Instant cameras

Instant cameras | H is for Home

It’s the 21st century and almost everyone may have cameras on their smart phones these days, however, there’s still a place for instant cameras.

They’re perfect for events like birthday parties, wedding receptions and stag and hen events. If you’re like Justin – one of those rare people in this day & age who doesn’t have a Facebook account – you won’t be able to see, share and tag images on there with friends and family.

My favourite is the most expensive one (and not the orange or purple one, for a change!). Being a hybrid, you get the best of both worlds. The photos are taken in a square, Instagram-like format and you can preview your shots before you print. Again, like with the Instagram app, you can add effects, create vignettes and adjust the brightness. You can save the last 50 images to print whenever and as often as you like. You can even export and save your snaps to a memory card.

  1. Polaroid instant film camera PIC-300, purple: £71.99, Viking
  2. Leica Sofort instant camera in orange: £224.00, Jessops
  3. FUJI Instax square SQ10 hybrid instant camera: £249.99, Selfridges

Price Points: Compact digital cameras

Compact digital cameras | H is for Home

We have two, fairly expensive, Sony DSLR cameras which we use to take photos of our shop items and for our blog posts. Recently, one of them suddenly one day stopped charging. We bought a new rechargeable battery in the hope that it would fix the problem – but it didn’t.

We took it into a camera repair shop and a nice, very knowledgeable man had a look at it. The first thing he did was to check that it wasn’t the adapter that was faulty – it wasn’t. He then took it upstairs for a more in depth investigation only to return to say that it was something to do with the slot where you connect the camera to a computer or printer to transfer the images across. Apparently, the cost to fix it would be about the same as the cost of buying the same model of camera again. Isn’t that always the way?

Instead of getting it fixed/replaced, we’d rather buy a more lightweight, portable compact digital camera to keep on us when we go out to events or on walks. We also want one where you can transfer photos off it via Bluetooth or wi-fi. It can be such a drag having to keep hunting for where you last left the lead, connecting the camera to the laptop, making sure you eject the camera before you pull the lead out again…

Whenever we’re buying new electronic or tech products we always go online to check out user and expert reviews. Top in the Which? compact digital cameras reviews is the Canon PowerShot G9 X. According to them:

The Canon PowerShot G9 X follows on from last year’s PowerShot G7 X by putting a large 1-inch sensor into the body of a compact camera, promising near DSLR-quality photos from something small enough to shove into a pocket.

What Digital Camera: had good things to say about the Panasonic TZ80:

There’s plenty to like about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ80. It’s a generously featured and highly flexible compact that ticks all the relevant ‘travel camera’ boxes.

We think we would be more than happy to go with the really budget version, the Nikon Coolpix S3700. We could afford to buy one each… in different colours!

There are 83 reviews on Amazon with an average score of 4.2 out of 5. Someone that gave it 5 stars said:

This is a fantastic budget camera for family snaps and taking short videos while out and about. It is really slim. light and compact but at over 20 megapixels (much more than a standard smartphone) the quality of the photos is great. The snaps we took were sharp, in focus and in great colour.

That kind of review combined with the cost probably seals it for us.

  1. Nikon Coolpix S3700 digital camera in silver: £79, Jessops
  2. PANASONIC Lumix DMC-TZ80EB-S Superzoom compact camera – silver: £329, Currys
  3. Canon PowerShot G9 X compact system camera – black (20.9 MP, Wi-Fi, NFC) 3-inch touch screen: £369.99, Amazon