THESE adorable instant cameras are making a comeback!
I have the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S which is the slightly older version to what’s on the market now.
The best part about these camera is being able to print out your photos straight away and they’re yours forever! You don’t have to worry about leaving them on a USB forever and forgetting to print them.
As I mentioned in my post about beating post-holiday blues, having an instant camera in addition my my iPhone was absolutely invaluable — I was able to capture so many beautiful places in the cute little white frames.
The photos have a soft, vintage feel to them which I love.
The only major downside is the film can be expensive.
It comes in packs of 10 sheets, usually for about $1.50-$2 per frame but you can get them for about $1 per frame if you buy in bulk from places like eBay.
There are four settings, indoor/dark, cloudy/shady, fine and clear for different light situations.
There’s also a window at the back that shows you how many shots you have left.
Tips to get the most out of your Instax Mini:
– Think about the light source. Too much light will leave black spots on the film so if you want to capture something like a sunset, point the lens slightly away from the sun or get the sun just out of the shot. Too little light (like a time I took photos a the beach after the sun went down) can make the film underdeveloped and dark. Don’t overestimate how much light there is – even in you think there’s enough it’s usually a good idea to turn the camera onto a lower setting so you don’t end up with a dark photo.
– Remember the lens is not directly above the viewfinder. Look slightly to the left of your subject when taking a photo to get it the centre.
– Don’t get too close to your subject. This is the thing I struggle with the most! With my iPhone and DSLR I’m used to not having to worry about how close I stand but with the Instax, the flash will wash out your photo if you’re too close. This is especially true for indoors, where you’ll end up with an out of focus, mostly white photos if you’re too close.
– Take care of your film. Store it in a cool place in hot weather and don’t leave it in the car — heat damage can make the film white and washed out. In Perth our winters are pretty mild but I’ve read cold damage can make the film turn black and make it not develop properly.
– Don’t put it in your luggage when travelling – the heavy-duty X-rays can ruin it.
Always take your Instax and extra film in your hand luggage. The X-ray machines within the airport are not as strong. I took my film on eight flights in five weeks in my hand luggage on my Europe trip and it was fine.
– And most of all, have fun! Don’t worry about taking a “bad” photo or wasting a frame – some of my favourite photos were from spur-of-the-moment shots.
Pick up your own Instax Mini here.
Do you have or want an Instax Mini camera? What do you think of it?
8 thoughts on “Fujifilm Instax Mini camera review”
I have one but the Polaroid version but it’s basically exactly the same and it takes Instax film! Film is expensive but buy it off eBay in bulk from Korea or Japan and it works out loads cheaper and lasts ages 🙂 Your pics have come out loads better than mine, mine are always wonky!
Thank you – there were a lot that didn’t make the cut, though! Buying in bulk is great because you don’t have to be as careful with using it slowly, I find.
I’d love to have one. Great photos. xx
I have a similar camera, but just a normal polariod one which takes the same film. It gives such a great effect to my photographs as I am currently studying photography, however I think mine is currently broken 😦 x
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I have the next one up, the Mini 8, and I love it so much! And yes, I do think I cherish the shots I take on it, a little more than iPhone shots I can just take until my hearts content.
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Exactly! I love putting them up in my cubicle at work, too 🙂