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If you’re looking to buy a Fujifilm Instax Mini8 then we have put together a collection of pluses and minuses. Pros and cons of ownership of such a thing. Instant cameras are one of those things that pop culture gets a hold of every now and then. And right now, it’s very much having a resurge of interest.
I was in my last years of high school in the years 2000, yeah count it back folks, and I was given a Joycam instant camera. I loved that thing. I invested heavily in the film thanks to my allowance and afternoon job and would snap pics here there and everywhere. So now as a 30-something, I have a Fijifilm Instax Mini8. Let’s see what I thought about it.
Let’s face it, one of the main reasons to own an instant camera like this is that it’s fun. It’s lots of fun, it’s cool and there’s a real novelty value to the whole thing. Every time I show someone the camera or snap a pic and it pops out the top ready to develop, people want to know more.
We are living in a digital world, and for most of us, that means fewer and fewer images get printed or displayed. So the cool part about the Fujifilm Instax Mini8 is that you have photos to display or share straight away. Whether you blue tac them to your wall or give them to a friend, for once you have something real to show for your photography efforts.
I hadn’t had much experience with instant cameras outside of my stint in high school, so when I picked up the Fujifilm Instax Mini8 first time I was surprised by how light and easy to handle it is. I flicked through the accompanying booklet, the main stuff anyway, and I was off and running. I did hit a little hiccup (see the cons) but other than that it was simple and very easy to use.
The colours available currently in Australia are all pastels. This isn’t an overly great thing when it comes to guys toting it around, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the real problem is mine got dirty. Handprints and other mess just from use and carrying it around. EDIT: I am told it DOES, in fact, come in darker colours including black. Darn regional stores. We never get the good stuff. Haha.
If you’re used to living in a digital world, paying anything for the film is a bit of a bummer. But at between a $1 and $2 a shot, depending on how well you purchase the packs of 10 films, it’s pricey to just be snapping pics of everything with it.
When I first started taking pictures with the Fujifilm Instax Mini8 I found that my photos were blurry, or there was motion in them. This isn’t a fault of the camera, obviously, it takes clear photos no problem, it was because you have to hold still until the processing is done.
This is not a sponsored or paid review. I received my Fujifilm Instax Mini8 from my sister for my birthday. Got a product you want to know more about? Let us know and we’ll look into it.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.