Do you want your instant photos to stand out from the crowd? We've tried and tested some fun manipulation techniques you can try out at home with your instant camera.
From purposely overexposing your print to lifting your image onto a sheet of paper - there are countless ways to chop and change your instant photos.
Below we've attempted to replicate some of them to show you what you could end up with, so you can see if it's worth the extra effort and time.
This technique is pretty self-explanatory, you just need to leave your photo to develop on a textured surface and the pattern from that surface will transfer onto your image. You can lay it on anything from gravel to sandpaper.
We laid ours on bubble wrap and applied some pressure at different points throughout development. As you can see above, this technique worked really well and requires almost no effort whatsoever.
If you want to add a coloured tint to your instant camera photos then coloured gel sheets are a cheap and easy way to do it.
It's the equivalent of an Instagram filter, but you're doing it manually. Simply place your gel sheet in front of the camera lens and snap away.
Check to see if your instant camera has the ability to do a double exposure as lots of newer cameras don't. If yours does then refer to the manual to see how to switch this function on.
We used the Polaroid Now which requires you to press the self-timer button twice.
This technique allows you to take one photo and then another completely different photo on the same bit of film, combining both.
The result is an ethereal image with multiple layers. It's best to have both shots in mind before you start so you aren't left taking photos of the nearest thing to you like we did.
For this trick, you'll need two trays of water - one hot and one cold - a piece of card and a small paintbrush. Our hot water was heated in the microwave for one minute and 30 seconds.
We found we had to try this out a few times before (almost) nailing it. Even then we ended up ripping the image a bit.
We'd recommend having a number of different-sized brushes on hand to avoid rips and tears.
Despite having a few teething issues, we'd highly recommend trying this out as the final product has the potential to look really interesting. It's also a practical way to store your images.
If you want to take a perfect photo with your instant camera then you shouldn't expose your print when it's developing. It should go in your pocket or a dark place.
However, if you want to add a sun-bleached effect to your images then leaving your print exposed to the light for 30 seconds isn't such a bad thing.
Ours turned out nicely with muted colours and a washed-out feel.
For this technique, you'll need a bowl or tray filled with cold water. We left our already developed print in the water for about 10 minutes. Then we removed it and let it dry.
This is a tricky one to get right because the water can tear the image if you're not careful. Despite our photo ripping, we still recommend this for the cool bubble effect you can see emerging - just give it a few tries first.
There isn't much to a point-and-shoot camera and the controls and functionality should reflect that.
We had two researchers carry out a range of standard tasks with each camera, with and without gloves on. This is to see how easy the cameras are to manoeuvre with restricted mobility.
We also gave the cameras a rating for their film development time, with those developing quicker getting a higher score than those that took longer.
We snapped away with the instant cameras in a dark room, a well-lit room and outside.
This allowed us to test the flash and how the cameras dealt with natural light as well as artificial light.
We then had our in-house photography expert, James Stringer, judge all the photos.