Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera Review

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera Review

 

Instant cameras are back and hotter than ever.  A popular model is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8.  This review provides a full overview of this product and its features.

 

This Fujifilm camera is a point and shoot camera that develops pictures instantly like the old Polaroids.  However, this camera is not old at all.  It’s a brand new version of the instant camera, and it looks modern and fun.  Despite its cool design, it can produce retro pictures that are certainly Instagram-worthy.

 

Design

 

This camera is available in five different colors: black, white, blue, yellow, and pink.  The design of this camera mimics the big kids toy cameras.  It has a chucky look to it with a big lens and large buttons.  Even though it has a big look to it, this camera weighs only 307 grams and is much slimmer than the other Fujifilm Instax designs.  It may not fit into skinny jeans pockets, but you can easily pack it in a purse or luggage, and it won’t weight much.

 

The buttons on this camera are basic and easy to use.  There is a button on the front to turn on the camera and extend the lens.  There is a dial around the lens that adjusts the brightness, and you can find the perfect setting for every exposure level.  On the back of the camera is the shooting button and a viewfinder.  You’ll also find the film and battery compartments on the back of the camera.  The camera requires two AA batteries that are not included in the package.

 

Features

 

This camera is easy to use, and the features are basic as well.  The biggest feature is the varying levels of exposure for different brightness levels.  The exposure levels include indoors/night, cloudy/shade, sunny/slightly cloudy, and sunny/bright.  There is also a High Key mode for setting of extreme brightness but a softer surrounding.  These five exposure settings allow you to find the correct setting for the environment you are shooting in.

 

The shooting range of this camera is 0.6m to 2.7m, and there is no auto-focus.  Because of the small shooting range and the lack of auto-focus, you need to be close to your subjects to get a good and clear picture.  The flash needs between 0.2-6 seconds to reset, and the shutter speed is 1/60 seconds.

 

The film required to use this camera is the Fuji Instax Film.  This film can be purchased in packs of 10, and the pictures are 62×46 mm, which is about the size of a business card.  One package of 10 costs about £15.

 

Photos

 

Taking photos with this camera is fairly simple.  First, you need to turn on the camera and adjust the exposure level dial to the correct setting.  Once you have the exposure level set, you point and shoot your picture.  Just like that.  Some pictures take a longer time to develop, and the pictures tend to come out inconsistent.

 

Because the camera does not provide an auto-focus feature, it is difficult to make sure each picture is focused and not blurry.  When you get it right, the pictures look great, but you must have a steady hand and a focused shot.  With the correct exposure and focus, the photos look great and really give off that old Polaroid look.  I have personally found the sunny/slightly cloudy setting to be the most successful.  This setting provides a detailed foreground while continuing to show off the colors in the background.

 

Pictures taken indoors can be a bit trickier to nail without the auto-focus.  You cannot turn off the flash, which is great in low lighting conditions, but the flash tends to make the colors look not as vibrant, and the subjects can look blurred.

 

Like most instant cameras, the film provides a white border and a white chunk at the bottom for that truly authentic Polaroid look.

 

Pros and Cons

 

Here are the major pros and cons of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera.  This camera is very easy to use.  It is a basic point and shoot camera that is comfortable to hold and operate.  It is light-weight and slimmer than the other Fujifilm Instax models.  The five exposure levels provide a nice variety, so you can shoot pictures in various settings.

 

The cons are that the Instax film is very expensive.  The film is purchased in packs of 10 at a high price point.  The processed photos produce mixed results and some come out better than others.  It also takes some time to develop the film and can be slower than other instant cameras.  The camera also does not include an auto-focus feature, and its shooting range is only 0.6m to 2.7m.

 

Conclusion

 

If you’re looking for an instant camera, the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 camera is fun and easy to use.  It’s refreshing to be able to take pictures and develop them instantly.  The developed pictures are great to share among friends, and they can also make for great party favors at a party or wedding.

 

This particular model of instant camera is easy to use; however, you must be able to set the camera on the correct exposure level setting to achieve a decent picture.

 

The camera runs on batteries and you must buy the expensive film in packs of 10.  These added expenses make the camera more expensive purchase than it seems when initially purchasing.  If you are great at taking pictures and setting the exposure levels, then you may not feel like you’re wasting as much film with messed up pictures.

 

This camera is a great way to revert to the retro style of Polaroid pictures.  It’s nice to actually print a picture as we so often forget to do nowadays.  Because this camera is so easy to use, it could be a great gift for a child just learning to take pictures, and they can see the results printed instantly.  It would make a great gift as long as the user does not mind purchasing expensive film.

 

 

 

 

 

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