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

(based on 85 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (36)
  • Accurate (25)
  • Reproduces well (24)
  • Reliable tonal range (20)
  • Fast development (14)

Cons

  • Color/tonal shift (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (34)
  • Artwork (30)
  • Home (21)
  • Parties (20)
  • Fun (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (65), Yes (14)

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.

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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.

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      5.0

      Fun little camera

      By RH

      from Michigan

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      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.

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        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.

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          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.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Insta fun w limitations

              By STMcNeil

              from Boerne, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              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.

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              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.

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                5.0

                So fun!

                By photoluv

                from Snowflake AZ

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                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.

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                  • Yes

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                  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.

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                    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.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect wedding/party/photo booth camera

                      By Bri the Bride

                      from Orlando, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Design
                      • Fast Development
                      • Reliable Operation

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Fun
                        • Parties
                        • Photo Booth Alternative
                        • Wedding

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

                        We used this camera as our "photo booth" for our wedding. We didn't want to pay $500+ for the actual booth & wanted a cool alternative that could actually print our photos right away for a book. This was the PERFECT alternative! Easy to use for all ages, immediate photos & fun for us and our guests! Everyone loved the "Polaroid" idea and look of the photos! This camera was a BIG hit! Everyone asked me where I found it because they wanted one for themselves! This will definitely be our "party" camera for everything! Uses for weddings, birthday parties, any themed party or holiday! I can't wait to use it for Christmas! I would suggest to purchase more film than you think you will use, because people want to take a ton of photos with this little guy! Light weight, easy to use & great photos! You can't go wrong with this purchase.

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                        4.0

                        Great Alternative to Polaroid Cameras

                        By Dino Kuznik

                        from San Francisco

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Fun
                            • Parties
                            • Travel
                            • Trips

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

                            I have 2 polaroid cameras the SX-70 and the 600. I like the SX-70 very much, but the IMPOSSIBLE film is very expensive, so I use them mostly for personal projects. I bought the Instax Mini simply because the film is cheaper. I was very surprised by the quality of the color prints. I use it for regular everyday snaps and on trips. I would recommend it to everyone that likes polaroid cameras and prints and is on a budget.

                            Keep on shooting.

                            Cheers

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                            5.0

                            Great Quality and Great Fun!

                            By John Drake

                            from Fort Worth TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Camera Distance

                            Best Uses

                            • Action
                            • Fun
                            • Parties
                            • Personal Expression

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

                            The fact is digital photography leaves me rather cold and sterile. I have owned most instant and 35mm film cameras you can name. When I discovered this one I was ecstatic. It is not only lots of fun but great quality as well. The pictures are small but very sharp (as long you pay attention to camera to subject distance.) There is also a close up lens for flowers etc (again pay attention to distance).
                            When taking pictures it's best to get as close as you can without violating the minimum camera to subject distance. If you have ever studied the rules of composition and lighting technique then you know a good photograph is not dependent on the price of the camera or the type of lens used. Great pictures are taken every day with cheap cameras and lenses.
                            Try to keep the film reasonably cool, don't mash on the film pack and don't run it through airport xrays. Naturally if you open the camera before all the exposures are used the remaining frames will be ruined. Fujicolor camera's and film are superior to Polariod brand.

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                            4.0

                            Just the right camera

                            By Germaine la mante

                            from G

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Design
                            • Fast Development
                            • Fast Film Loading

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Colored Close Ups
                            • Fun
                            • Parties
                            • Portrait

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

                            I didn't have any idea of instant film cameras before and just know this camera.
                            To make this clear, this is not one of the old polaroid pictures you get. The pictures are mini - as the name says - and it's format is not square. So you can have vertical or horizontal shots, which is a bit tricky for the horizontal, because of the white bar.
                            You really have to get used to it, because you cannot focus yourself, it is just an easy shot with not really many options. An other tricky thing is the flash, which is always doing its work, if it's necessary or not. If you have enough light and want to avoid reflections of the flash, you'll have to cover the flash with your hand or whatever. (even with all time flashing, the battery lasts for ever, because there's not really something to eat the energy)
                            So there's a lot to try out and I loved that about the camera. In contrast to digital cameras, every shot is unique. And as you can see from the prize of the films, a shot is not that cheap. Imagine what that does to your way of thinking of taking a picture! You'll save your film for something worth taking a picture of (but you shouldm't hold back too much...) instead of having 1000 shots withs your digital camera or your mobile.
                            As I experienced until now portraits and close shots of things very bright coloured are really amazing! In my opinion it doesn't work out so well for landscapes or equal things further away. But there are people liking those very much.
                            Even if color is a problem with few light, the colors in the pictures are great. It's just like you imagine an instant photography. The colors get a bit confused especially by the light problem, but mostly it works out great in its own way.
                            And the best about it: enjoy the moments of waiting for the picture to come out! I love it!

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                            5.0

                            Instax -- a fun little revival

                            By Simbidia

                            from California

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fun
                              • Parties
                              • Travel

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

                              In giving this 5 stars, I'm rating it high in the "just plain fun" category. The Instax does a fine job and I love the little, credit card size prints. The flash meters the scene quite well in every shot I've tried with it so far and the little close-up lens is nothing short of amazing -- especially for a little scrap of plastic that looks like a contact lens for a very large eyeball. Seriously. I wasn't expecting much, but it shot a very close picture of my dog without the usual warping you get when you shoot a face from a foot away. Color-wise, the images are on a par with my old Polaroid SX70 (occasionally, even better), and the development time is relatively quick. This is a fun party and travel camera. Having two different shutter release buttons -- one for vertical and one for horizontal -- takes some getting used to, as neither one is placed where my fingers want to find it. So far, that's my only negative on this cute little camera.

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                              3.0

                              Come back of the Instamatic

                              By FJL Photo

                              from NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Built-In Flash
                              • Fast Film Loading

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Fun
                              • Parties

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

                              I went with the most expensive model because it had multiple shutter speeds and then realised there is no way to control them. I have taken 40 images with the camera so far and it has been a lot of fun. The viewfinder is rather small and hard to find for a quick photo and there is only one 1/4 20 mount so hopefully if you use a tripod that is the orientation you want the camera in.

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                              5.0

                              Great for a Party

                              By Alice

                              from Georgetown, DE

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Built-In Flash
                              • Comfortable Design
                              • Reliable Operation

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Parties

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

                                Bought to use for a photo booth at a birthday party and a wedding. Fun and simple to use.

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                                4.0

                                Fun little camera

                                By JW

                                from NYC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor Exposure

                                Best Uses

                                • Fun
                                • Parties

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

                                Works great! Macro lens is good too. Works better than the instal 210 for sharpness

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                                5.0

                                Piano Black - Instax Mini 50S

                                By Walter

                                from Sydney, Australia

                                About Me Casual 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):

                                    Simple to operate, great design - compact and stylish - lovely photos to give away when travelling. Thank you so much.

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                                    5.0

                                    LOVE

                                    By JA

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Can't Disable Flash

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Artwork
                                    • Fun
                                    • Parties

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

                                    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.

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                                    5.0

                                    Love Everything About This

                                    By gracie_girl

                                    from Edison, NJ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        After heavily debating whether to purchase this over the 210 wide, I decided that the newer options on the 50s made this the better candidate. The 210, I decided, was unnecessary since I already have a DSLR.

                                        Unlike the older 7s and 25s model, this camera came with a macro lens, a timer option, the ability to duplicate photos, and extra exposure features. The camera itself is super slim and fairly light-weight, but sturdy. Absolutely a step up from the older lines of instax minis.

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