Next up on What’s in my camera bag? – the Fuji Instax Mini instant camera.
I’ve talked about this before …. I love my Instax Mini.
This is a present I bought for myself – I get a little mini bonus at my day job every few months and a couple years ago I bought myself a new toy!
My Instax Mini is so much fun to play with – in part because physical photos have such a very different feeling than digital photos. In part because having a camera like this is such a great conversation starter when you’re out and about.
“Is that a polaroid?” “Why is it so small?” “That is so interesting!”
In our little blog niche we’ve all seen cameras like this for years (I’ve had mine for 2+ years) … but, you know, laymen – the general population – has no idea this camera even exists!
Product details from the Amazon listing for the Instax Mini:
With its exposure control adjustment this camera is a fun, easy point-and-shoot camera that will no doubt become a family favorite. With a high-quality Fujinon lens in combination with the Instax Mini Film, superior images are just an instant away.
- Fujinon Lens – f=60mm
- Electronic Shutter 1/60 sec.
- Auto Flash in low light, auto adjust
- Manual exposure compensation
- Weight: 11.29 oz.
- Image Size: 2.13″ x 3.4″
- Uses Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
I’ve left the how-to sticker on the back of the Instax Mini camera, but you can also see some additional angles in the gallery below.
A couple things to notice ….. flash on the front, button on the front (always an important thing to point out if you’re having someone else use your camera). The batteries are put in on the side, the film in the back, the photo comes out the top.
There are 4 different flash settings. …. but I honestly can barely tell the difference. I tend to just use the indoor one when I’m indoors and the bright sunny setting when I’m outdoors.
And even still, I overexpose photos kind of often.
This is a SUPER fun camera to play with … but it DOES take some getting used to.
Both the flash and the composition.
You may have noticed from the photos above: The lens and the view finder don’t line up and you need to compensate for the difference if you want to be particular about your composition.
Want to see some examples?
Some other bloggers around the web who have an Instax Mini: