Best Polaroid Fujifilm Camera
Choosing From Fujiilm’s Polaroid Camera Selection
So, in my quest to try and prevent the Polaroid from all out extinction, I noticed that the good folks over at Fujifilm managed to be one of the most trusted brand names involved with Polaroids.
So, of course I had to buy one myself and see what the fuss was all about for a detailed review.
The thing I like the most about them is that they’re very old-school as far as instant cameras go – you just point and shoot and your image will be developed just like an old school, vintage polaroid camera.
The cameras also come in a variety of colors, making them very strong collectors items even if you’re not after their high picture quality.
I PERSONALLY found that I like the brand due to it meeting my needs: They make camera that look nice (they have a matte plastic finish and aesthetically pleasing buttons), are not pocket friendly BUT can fit into a bag easily, and allow you to adjust exposure, key modes, and use manual focus. If you ask me, they are without a doubt the most bang for your buck, so assuming you want to trust their brand, I’m going to detail their specific camera options.
Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Film Camera
This is Fujifilm’s top rated camera, and my go-to.
This is essentially an economical version of your classic Polaroid – it’s a bit more expensive, but the trade-off is that the film for it is much cheaper. If you’re looking to be snapping pictures more than just a couple of times, this option will save you the most money in the long run. Perks include the automatic extending lens, control over light and darkness, and that it takes pictures in wide format ( 3.4″ X 4.2″)
Looking back, I would have bought this camera right off (instead of having gone with an initially cheaper Polaroid camera) because the film is so cheap and readily available. This camera is slightly bulky, but it can still fit in your bag or even be strapped around your neck with little issue., but the trade-off is that the pictures are amazing.
Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s White Instant Film Camera
This is another of Fujifilm’s best cameras. It’s extremely easy to use, lightweight, has auto flash settings, manual exposure (as I mentioned earlier), and to be honest it’s just downright fun to use! I don’t really know how to explain it, but there’s something about Polaroids that just make them more satisfying to use than digital cameras.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera
This is the really diverse camera I mentioned, and while technically a step up from the Mini 7s, I prefer the 7s. This one comes in a HUGE variety of colors, and even has a Hello Kitty customized option!
***NOTE: If you are interested in BRIGHTER PICTURES WITH A SOFT LOOK – THIS IS THE POLAROID FOR YOU.
The main change they made with this version was including a “High-Key mode” that will be perfect for you! Other modifications between this and the 7s include an improved viewfinder, and automatic exposure measurement.
If you’re wondering why I prefer the 7s, it’s because I prefer the feeling of doing ore things manually. However, the reviews for this one are generally much better than the 7s, so this is a strong option. It also comes with bundles so you can get film with this as well.
I own 2 of these cameras and have had plenty of time to play around with the 3rd (I don’t own the Mini 8). Here is my advice:
If you’re thinking longterm Polaroid use – go with the Fujifilm Instax Wide option. You’ll save more money in the long run and I guarantee you’ll be happy with the picture quality – although it’s very sleek and modern looking (which can be a positive or a negative depending on your own tastes; I would have gotten this camera right off the bat). If that’s not your style, I would go with either the Mini 7s (more experienced photographers) or the Mini 8 (more automated options for newcomers) – more than functional choices that also give you a bit of uniqueness depending on which color/customization you pick. Great pictures and easy conversation starters.