I’ve been meaning to work on this post for a while, mainly because this is something I’m completely obsessed with. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is a toy-looking instant camera that takes photos and develops them like a Polaroid. This is a camera that has become increasingly popular throughout the past couple years and can be found in a lot of teen rooms across the globe. What makes the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 unique, though? Is it worth it? I’m here to give a complete review of this camera that has become my sidekick over the past year.
There are both pros and cons to this camera, so it is really comes down to you and your budget when you are deciding on your purchase. If you are an Instagram addict and are looking for a real-life version, this camera might be for you.
-Five different exposure settings
-0.6m to 2.7m shooting range
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 originally only came in five colors, but after its popularity increased, more colors became available. You can find many different variations on Amazon and some other colors at Urban Outfitters. While this camera is too big to be pocket friendly, it still fits fine when thrown in a purse or backpack for a day out. The buttons and features on this model are fairly basic. If you want more options such as double exposure, flash variations, and a bigger focusing range, you should look into the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. I looked into that camera for a while before deciding to get the Mini 8 but I couldn’t justify the price for the slightly more advanced features. The collapsable lens on the front of the Mini 8 turns the camera on and off. It requires two AA batteries. The shutter button is on the front of the camera on the hand grip. As for the back of the camera, there is a compartment for the film, batteries, and of course, the viewfinder.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 has five different exposure levels that vary from nighttime shooting modes, to bright, and even a Hi-key setting to shoot over-exposed styled photos.
There isn’t an autofocus on this camera and the viewfinder doesn’t allow you to see if a photo is in focus before you release the shutter, so you have to make sure you are in the focus range of 0.6m to 2.7m. If you forget, your photos will be crazy out of focus and you will have wasted an exposure on nothing. I’ve done this a couple times and it is extremely disappointing.
The film is about the size of a credit card, which is a fun size to hand out, keep in pockets, or even put on a dorm room wall-that’s what I did with mine.
The camera suggests the exposure setting before taking the photo, so if you just turn the dial where the light is, your exposure should be fine.
It is fairly easy to get the hand of taking pictures of people but household objects and landscapes are a bit of a challenge at first. Buy plenty of film to start off and be prepared to waste some photos right off the bat. While this camera isn’t always the most financially acceptable purchase, if you go into purchasing it as a nostalgic value and are prepared to pay for the expensive film, you’ll love it.
*To make the film more affordable, scour Amazon for good deals. I’ve typically found that if you buy the bulk packages of 3-5 packs of film it typically saves you a few bucks.
Should I buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8?
Are you completely obsessed with Instagram?
Do polaroids interest you?
Then probably yes, but only if you have the money to spare. Maybe you just wait and ask for it for Christmas or a birthday. On top of the film price, the camera is fairly pricey as well, but sometimes you can find ones for a good price. In my case, I got my white one and then decorated it because I originally wanted a blue one but in purchasing the white instead, I saved myself $20. Either way, this is a fun novelty camera that is well worth the price once you figure it out. I love it. Just don’t get frustrated and stick with it.