The OG Instagram: cheap film cameras are officially back

Instant film cameras are having a moment... again.

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Digital cameras may be on the downswing relative to smartphones, but one type of camera is doing great: instant cameras. Like the Polaroids of yesteryear, instant cameras are simple, easy to use, and shoot directly to packs of film.

The cute, affordable Fujifilm Instax line, in particular, has been absolutely killing it since the end of last year. So much so that the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 ($50.99 at Amazon.com) has been easily the most popular camera of 2016, and it's likely to be one of the most popular gifts for this holiday season.

Just take a look at Amazon's best-selling page for photography gear and you'll see how dominant instant film has become, with the film packs and camera gear occupying seven of the top 10 slots on any given day. They're perfect for kids, they're small and easy to travel with, and they're just plum adorable.

So which instant camera is best? We'll have an in-depth guide up soon, but if you want to keep it around $100, here's what we recommend to get you started:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 - $50.99 at Amazon.com

Intax Mini Film (6x10 pack) - $36.90 at Amazon.com

HelloHelio Vintage Leather Case - $19.95 at Amazon.com

This setup will get you the most popular current Instant camera, the Instax Mini 8, as well as 60 film sheets and a leather case for less than you'd pay for most dirt-cheap point-and-shoots. Best of all, unlike most cameras the designs are fun and colorful; the camera itself is available in baby blue, raspberry, yellow, grape, pink, black, and white and the case comes in a bunch of matching colors.

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