Kenneth Bachor for TIME
By Kenneth Bachor
June 15, 2017

Instant cameras are nothing new. The first commercial instant camera was the Land Camera Model 95, invented in 1948. Edwin Land, who created the camera, was an American inventor and the founder of the instant photography giant Polaroid in 1937.

Over the years, instant cameras have had many reinventions. After Polaroid filed for bankruptcy in 2008, the fate of instant photography seemed uncertain. Almost 10 years later in 2017, it’s anything but that. Instant photography has taken on a new life through multiple brands and formats.

Companies like Fujifilm now dominate that market, introducing on a yearly basis new camera models and formats, while other respected photography brands like Leica are finally entering the ring.

Just in time for summer, TIME takes a look at some of the best instant cameras you can buy right now. This overview in no way is meant to be an all-encompassing list, but rather a useful general guide for instant photography enthusiasts shopping for a new toy.

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