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Leica Sofort review: The coolest and priciest way to take instant snaps

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The Good The Leica Sofort looks great and it's perfect for taking instant snaps at house parties.

The Bad You can get the same features from instant cameras that cost a quarter of the price.

The Bottom Line If you can stomach the cost, the Leica Sofort is a beautiful way to explore the fun of instant photography.

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There are so many bad things I can say about the Leica Sofort instant camera.

I can tell you how I struggled to make it focus, how expensive it is compared to other instant cameras, how the film's plastic packaging is wasteful or simply how it's fundamentally pointless in an age of affordable digital cameras.

But if you're looking for an instant camera, you don't care about any of that.

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The Leica Sofort is for anyone who loves the retro thrill of instant photography and wants a camera from an iconic brand. You just have to decide whether it's worth splashing out for that pleasure.

The Leica Sofort sells for £230, $349 or AU$399 with 10 sheets of film starting at £10, $15 or AU$17. That makes it significantly more expensive than the Polaroid Snap or the Fuji Instax Mini, the latter of which costs only £55 ($55, AU$99) and uses the exact same film. While the Leica has a few additional features, such as its double exposure mode, you're mostly just paying for the cool design and Leica name. But that's no bad thing.

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