REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Fujifilminstax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black)
 
4.6

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (38)
  • Accurate (27)
  • Reproduces well (25)
  • Reliable tonal range (21)
  • Fast development (14)

Cons

  • Color/tonal shift (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (36)
  • Artwork (30)
  • Home (24)
  • Parties (21)
  • Photojournalism (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (32), Casual photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LOVE

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, but I love this camera. It just arrived today and I've been fooling around with it. It's quite fun and the photos...Read complete review

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said, but I love this camera. It just arrived today and I've been fooling around with it. It's quite fun and the photos develop very quickly. I bought it to take fun pix here and there. I've also got a Polaroid SX-70, but the Impossible film is a bit expensive for just fun party photos and whatnot.

Sizing: the physical photo is the exact measurements as a credit card which means that the image is smaller (2.5"x1.75") than credit card size. I knew that they'd be small based on the reviews, but I actually like the size. I just might also get the P210 wide format, but this is fun and the 50s doesn't look like a cheap toy. I like the glossy finish and the mechanics are fairly quiet (not nearly as loud as my SX-70 -- but it is 40 years old).

B&H is a great place to buy from. Ordered and had it here very quickly and I'm on the other coast. They offer competitive pricing both on the camera and the film. Camera shipped for free. Pretty cool. Thanks, guys.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tiny print, contrasty, slow development

I bought this camera to serve as a photobooth substitute for an event. Be warned, the images are TINY -- think passport photo size, not credit card size, since there is a...Read complete review

I bought this camera to serve as a photobooth substitute for an event. Be warned, the images are TINY -- think passport photo size, not credit card size, since there is a substantial white margin around the edge.

I tried ballpoint, permanent, and gel ink and none could write on the white space below the photo.

The lens has a pretty wide angle. For an adult human, you would have to be about 1.5' away to get a head shot (and that would include shoulders as well).

There is some vignetting (darkening) at the corners, particularly with the close-up lens. The flash always goes off, even in landscape mode.

The film is sharp and has a fine grain, but it takes a long time for the colors to fully come up (think an hour) to full contrast. Until then, the colors will look washed out.

It will work for the event, but I'm not sure I would buy it again.

Reviewed by 96 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Great Party Camera

By Martini1

from NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun Camera

Cons

    Best Uses

    • People

    Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

    Purchased this to use at a party (adults drinking red wine); what a hit! Great conversation piece; fun to pass the pictures around.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this reviewHelp Icon

     
    5.0

    love this camera

    By nrnu

    from connecticut

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

    Great little camera easy to use

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this reviewHelp Icon

     
    4.0

    Good Instant Camera

    By Raiderette

    from Los Angeles, Ca

    Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

    Bought this camera for my 13yr old daughter for Christmas! She loves it! She and her friends are always snapping pics

    Share this reviewHelp Icon

     
    5.0

    Instant Fun!

    By Troy

    from GIlbert, AZ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent
    • Fun
    • Instant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Activities
      • Home

      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

      Purchased this for my 17 year old daughter - at her request. The fun is all about the experience. Take a pic, grab the film and shortly after you have a good picture to look at and to share. This solves the problem of forgetting to print, or even how to keep memories tangibly alive for years. Digital photos sometimes get lost in the massive amount of files, this creates an immediate and lasting impact.

      The pictures are not perfect photo quality, but I think that is also some of the positive experience. You get a picture that is real, captures the moment quickly, and immediately looks historic. I would love never to buy film that is a bit pricy, but I think it is worth it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      5.0

      very happy customer!!!

      By Lisajan

      from maine

      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

      Price was right and free expedited shipping to get here on time!!!

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      5.0

      An instant hit!

      By Lallers

      from Portland, Oregon

      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

      My 11 year old loves his new camera! He was very excited to see the photo come out of the camera and that he was able to see the picture he took appear before his eyes. The zoom lens is cool too. Easy to snap on and off. Now he can take pictures and have them immediately develop without waiting for us to process them.

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      5.0

      A Snap

      By InAFlash

      from Dayton, Ohio

      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

      Lots of fun, mostly with younger people who have never seen a instant film camera. Pictures are good, but small.

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      4.0

      Fun camera

      By Benjamac

      from CT.

      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

      This is a fun camera and easy to use . It is perfect for birthday parties , famy gatherings and holidays . The pictures look great for instant film and very minimal controls . Film is easy to load a the camera couldn't be easier to use . My 12 year old daughter loves this camera , something cool about watching the picture develope before your eyes and actually having the picture in your hand instantly . Overall fun camera for kids teens and adults .

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Much improved and well-refined.

      By KDCNewYork

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Consistent
      • Reliable Tonal Range
      • Reproduces Well
      • Scans Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Office
        • Photojournalism
        • Travel

        Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

        The first thing I noticed about the 50S is the viewfinder- with earlier versions of this rangefinder camera, you ran the risk of cutting off people's heads, or accidentally cropping your frame. Not so much with the 50S- you pretty much see exactly what you are getting- which is what you want when there is a cost assigned to every shot. I like the improvements in the body as well, it feels a lot more solid(like a camera should) and less of a toy when I'm shooting with it. I could be wrong, but the optics on this model seemed to have improved as well. Skin tones are flattering, and details- for what they are, are certainly sharp enough. In addition to my own, I recently gifted this to a 13 year old on her birthday, and I'll be dammed if she and her friends did not snap 100 fun photos and have a great time to boot. If I did not know any better, I could swear we were shooting a commercial for the Instax. Kudos to Fuji for keeping the instant photo phenomenon alive. I hope they never stop.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        4.0

        Good entertainment!

        By rsnani

        from Brazil

        Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

        Just for fun, not for serious work! Totally recommended if that is the purpose

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        5.0

        Fun LIttle Camera

        By Prime Perspective Photography

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • User Friendly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Parties
          • Travel

          Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

          Works great, makes you the talk of the party, and it's really easy to use. It's not your average instax mini like everyone else has, and the piano black is striking. BUy the film from B&H (pack of 20 for $) and you're set to go. Very easy to use and really cheap at B&H.

          Share this reviewHelp Icon

           
          5.0

          I highly recommend this camera!

          By Jodie the Photographer

          from Winston-Salem, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Quality
          • Great Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

              I am a wedding photographer and plan to use this camera for a photo guest book for client where the wedding guests will have their photo taken upon arrival to the wedding. The photo will be placed in to a book along with their signature for a nice keepsake for the bride and groom.

              I love the mini photos it produces. It's just the right size the the books I intend to create.

              The only downfall is when there isn't an abundance of light the photos come out a tad bit dark.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this reviewHelp Icon

               
              5.0

              Fun little camera

              By RH

              from Michigan

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Built-In Flash
              • Comfortable Design
              • Fast Development

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artwork
                • Fun
                • Parties

                Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                I am very impressed with this little camera. The photos are pretty small, but the detail it captures in the photos is quite remarkable.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                 
                5.0

                Worth a buy

                By Erik

                from Elmhurst, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Design
                • Fast Development
                • Fast Film Loading

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Action
                  • Artwork
                  • Fun

                  Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                  It's so cute. Extremely handy and versatile. Nice quality pictures. Memories preserved instantly. Highly recommended, not pricey and serves the purpose well.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this reviewHelp Icon

                   
                  4.0

                  Fun and compact

                  By Edward en Route

                  from NYC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Built-In Flash
                  • Comfortable Design
                  • Fast Development
                  • Fast Film Loading
                  • Reliable Operation

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                      The 50S is very compact and a lot of fun to use. I chose the 50S over the higher end model because it's half the price and use a conventional battery. The batteries are available everywhere and save the hassle of running out of battery when you are out without the charger.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                       
                      3.0

                      Insta fun w limitations

                      By STMcNeil

                      from Boerne, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Development
                      • Fast Film Loading

                      Cons

                      • Flat Colors
                      • Poor Exposure

                      Best Uses

                      • Fun
                      • Parties

                      Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                      Quick and easy, I had a lot of fun with this camera once I learned its limitations. Flat colors outdoors, ideal for indoor single-subject shots; the crab "macro" lens bubble add-on actually works well if you want to fisheye cheaply.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                       
                      5.0

                      Best buy of 2013

                      By robertoerivera

                      from Texas

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Film Loading
                      • Reliable Operation

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Parties

                        Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                        Bought thise specifically for the holidays. It was a hit, better than any pictues an iphone could take. Best part was everyone hovering over and picking one to take with them.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                         
                        5.0

                        So fun!

                        By photoluv

                        from Snowflake AZ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Built-In Flash
                        • Fast Development

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fun
                          • Parties

                          Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                          I love the size of the picture it produces! So fun. Used it at a party. I am a professional photographer. It's not sharp as a digital picture so if you don't expect that you will love it! Its a fun camera.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          Share this reviewHelp Icon

                           
                          5.0

                          Fun and easy to use instant camera!

                          By Gabi's mom

                          from Texas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Built-In Flash
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Fast Development
                          • Fast Film Loading
                          • Reliable Operation

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Fun
                            • Parties
                            • Scrapbooking

                            Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                            I did not think the photos would be that great but since they offer instant gratification (esp. for scrapbooking) I thought that was enough. However, indoor photos are good quality, clear and crispy and outdoor ones are even better! The size of the photo is perfect to carry in your wallet. B&H has the best prices, especially their shipping options and that's what ultimately made me order the camera here and 2 packages of film.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this reviewHelp Icon

                             
                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Clay

                            from Honolulu, HI

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Built-In Flash
                            • Comfortable Design
                            • Fast Development
                            • Fast Film Loading
                            • Reliable Operation

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fun

                              Comments about Fujifilm instax mini 50S Instant Print Camera (Piano Black):

                              Will use on my trip to Thailand.
                              Love the size.
                              It's a little heavy.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this reviewHelp Icon

                              Displaying reviews 1-20

                              Back to top

                              Previous | Next »