A few months ago, I purchased the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera. I’d seen the little instant film photos pop up on Instagram and blogs, and after much research I decided to buy the camera and see what fun I could have with it.
At $70-80 a camera (price depends on the color of the camera and where you purchase it, I purchased the white model on Amazon), the Instax Mini 8 not the cheapest toy. Plus the fact that the instant film sold in packs of 10 average out to be $1 a sheet (again, that depends on where you purchase the film, I bought a value set of 40 sheets of film on Amazon) and it’s really not a cheap toy. However, after using it a few times, my first impression is that the Instax Mini 8 is a very fun gadget to play with.
The Instax Mini 8 incredibly easy to use. I mean, it’s a very basic point and shoot camera. There’s a button on the front of the camera, which makes the lens pop out and turns on the camera. You wait for the light to flash over one of the settings that’s around the lens, and you shift the ring around the lens to match up to the right setting for the photo. (The settings are based on how much light there is in the surroundings, as a setting will decide how strong the flash is.) Then you bring the Instax Mini 8 to your eye to look through the viewfinder, find your subject, press the shutter, and poof! The photo comes out of the top of the camera. After a few minutes, it develops and you’ll have a new memory to treasure in instant film form.
Like I said, the Instax Mini 8 incredibly easy to use.
Camera settings and actual picture taking aside, the Instax Mini 8 itself is also easy to figure out how to operate. Putting in the film cartridge is pretty straightforward, and it’s good to note that the first “picture” of any new film cartridge will just eject the film cover from the camera and not a developing photo. The camera comes with a wrist strap, which definitely comes in handy. It uses two double A batteries, and while I’m not sure how long they last, I’ve gone through 20 sheets of film and have yet to replace the batteries.
Even though the Instax Mini 8 is much more straightforward than my digital camera, I still have a lot to learn about it. I’ve already figured out that it’s no good for scenery type photos; it’s very much a camera for close up shots. I know I need a case for it so that it doesn’t get scratched or anything like that when I travel. I want to experiment with some of the close up lens or selfie lens that you just attach to the front of the camera lens. There’s also film with decorative borders and photo album books to showcase the instant photos!
With the holiday season approaching, I’m excited to get more use out of my Instax Mini 8 and learn more about what it can do. In the meantime, if my first impressions of this camera has piqued your interest, check out Zeruda’s in depth review — her post is what sold me on mine!