In July I decided to go ahead and buy a Polaroid camera that I had been dying to buy for months. I was debating it for weeks due to the fact everyone has commented it was “so expensive” or “not worth it”. Personally I think it’s the best item I’ve ever purchased and I’m going to tell you why.
What is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8?
So basically the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is a instant camera which develops photos as Polaroids using Fuji Instax film which measures 62 x 46mm (about credit card size). Many people are buying these cameras because they are so easy to use and the photos look really cool.
The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 has a lens on the front which you pop out with a button next to it to turn the camera on. It has 5 exposure settings, the camera will light up the correct setting you need for the photo and all you have to do is turn it to the correct one (settings for different types of lighting e.g. sunny/cloudy). The features are pretty basic, on the hand grip there is a camera trigger to take the photo, on the back of the camera is the viewfinder. However there is no auto-focus so you have to make sure you’re up close. And yes, the camera requires 2 AA batteries but that’s no hassle.
The camera isn’t exactly pocket size but you can buy cases to keep it in, I think the size of it just adds to the novelty and how pretty it looks anyway. I went for the white one so it can get grubby quick but it’s easily cleaned.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Costs
I paid £59.99 for the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 with 10 shots in Argos in the colour white, this does seem pretty expensive for only 10 photos but I have to say it is so worth it. The camera does come in other colours; Raspberry (redish colour), Grape (purple), white, pink, blue, yellow and black.
When I have run out of shots I repurchase a pack of 20 film from amazon (cheapest place I’ve found them) for £14.99. This is a great deal as they can cost £10 for a pack of just 10 shots! Buying things in bulk is always better value for your money.
You can purchase a protective case from Argos which I believe is £14.99 as well. These are great as you can buy the same colour to match your camera and so handy if you’re using your camera on a day out.
Pro’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
- Easy to use
- Retro looking pictures (more sentimental)
- Cheaper than other Polaroid cameras
Con’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8
- Cost of Instax film
- Results of pictures can be mixed if not used on the right exposure setting
- Quite bulky to carry around
My Honest Review
Personally I believe the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is the best purchase I’ve ever made. The photos are so much more sentimental than simply taking them on an iPhone. By using the film sparingly the film lasts longer and it isn’t really that expensive at all.
I haven’t really had a problem with selecting the correct exposure level as the camera has got it right every time bar one photo (which was probably my fault due to picking the wrong setting). The photo didn’t come out awful it was just a little too dark, however I have read that this can be a common occurrence with the camera so be careful you select the right one.
The only thing I’m not in love with on the camera is the fact you can’t see what you’re taking if you’re taking a selfie with other people. This is where you can start wasting film if you haven’t captured the photo properly. My top tip is to get someone to hold the camera without moving so you can look through the view-finder and stand in position ready for the photo. However to save the hassle of making sure you’re in the right position you can buy a mirror to clip onto the camera so you can see what’s in shot and what isn’t. I am 100% going to invest in this.
I’m in the process of organising all my Polaroid photos and putting them into an album. For me the photos are so much more sentimental as they have kind of a retro look to them and there is room at the bottom of the photo for a message or date. The money I have invested into the camera is so worth it and I will continue to buy more film for as long as the camera lives.
The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is extremely easy to use and a lot of fun. It’s easy to capture good photos as long as you accept in the beginning you will mess up a few as you’re getting used to the exposure settings and only a rear view-finder. If you have the money and you’re willing to invest in this product I would highly recommend it as it’s so much different than just uploading a photo to Instagram or Facebook.
For me this camera is a 5/5 and I’m so happy I bought it, it’s worth the money trust me.
See you soon,