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FujifilmINSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 232 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (34)
  • Comfortable design (33)
  • Fast film loading (33)
  • Easy to use (30)
  • Fast development (30)

Cons

  • Color/tonal shift (5)
  • Poor flash (5)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (45)
  • Fun (39)
  • Home (39)
  • Artwork (32)
  • Parties (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (60), Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (9), Photography student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (73), No (61)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Instant film lives on

I should briefly preempt my review by stating that I am a photo enthusiast who grew up towards the end of the 35mm film age, but I have never owned an instant film camera....Read complete review

I should briefly preempt my review by stating that I am a photo enthusiast who grew up towards the end of the 35mm film age, but I have never owned an instant film camera. I currently use a Nikon D7000 with a bunch of primes, flash guns, and other semi-pro equipment.My first interaction with this camera was when my sister pulled it out of her bag and snapped a photo during a recent family trip. When she explained that she and her husband had purchased it on a whim and they showed me some of the good results they got from it, I had to try it for myself (well, as soon as I looked up the angle of view and aperture of the lens, the ISO of the film, and the shutter speed range of the camera). I took pictures of of a few scenes - a landscape, a macro, a portrait, and a random still-life in mixed lighting - and, for the most part, I liked what I saw.Just to get all of the cons out of the way:First and foremost, do not expect sharp results. This is lo-fi at it's best, complete with a cheap lens and instant film. Secondly, the viewfinder is tiny, and you have to consider parallax for closer subjects. Third, the flash will always fire whether it's needed or not (though, opaque tape seems to solve that problem, preferably something that's made of gauze so it will still be useful when it is necessary). Fourth, it cannot do macro shots because the closest focusing distance is somewhere around 3ft/1m. (PS: If the latter two are cause for concern, the Instax Mini Neo 90 resolves these issues.)With that all said, this is still a fun camera, and I bought one for my better half and myself not long after our first experience. The colors are surprisingly consistent in daylight conditions, and the tonal range is really nice (so long as you don't use 'hi-key'). Indoor and incandescent lighting conditions turn out less predictable results, but, all things considered, this isn't entirely unexpected. Regardless, I enjoy using it as much as I love using my digital equipment. Not only is it back-to-basics photography, where you have to consider your exposures and think about what you're doing - you only get 10 photos in each film pack - you get near-instant results and a physical keepsake. It's a fun family or party camera, and it has managed to help realign my approach to photography.It's cheap, it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but, as I have discovered, it can turn out some really nice results with practice and time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great camera but not for serious shooter

i really enjoyed this camera for play around with the family and the girlfriend but i dont like tha viewfinder being so small and i dont like that i cant turn off the flash but...Read complete review

i really enjoyed this camera for play around with the family and the girlfriend but i dont like tha viewfinder being so small and i dont like that i cant turn off the flash but for casual shots with the family and friends and kids it is great but not for someone getting into polaroid shooting..the images are a decent size for certain occasions. still a great camera and very tough(i dropped it a few times and had no issues.

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4.0

Life of the party!!!

By Steffixo3

from Stamford CT

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos

Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black):

I gave this camera to my son as birthday gift and it was a huge success!
In the age of digital having an instant printed picture feels like novelty, the kids and the adults had a blast posing for him at his party.
The camera is small enough that even a 7 year old can have a full grip on it which is great.
I would recommend getting the protection plan since the camera seems to be quite fragil and I don't think it would survive an accidental drop.
Other reviews made mention to the viewfinder and I must agree it is too small. The picture button is also oddly located.
Fujifilm, if you're listening, please make the photo viewfinder a little bigger! I would prefer to have the button on top of the camera, but looking at the camera design I understand why it was placed there. Although it's still hard to get used to it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Purchased as gift.

By Linvilt

from Illinois

Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Yellow):

Consistent quality. User friendly.

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5.0

Great camera

By Goodiebandit15

from Watsonville

Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black):

The fujifilm was a great buy. I'm happy I purchased it because it's small in size yet very nice too. My friends love it too, having an instant picture appear in front of you to keep.

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5.0

excellent camera

By Tyler Chastain

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black):

Arrived fast and safe, no flaws cosmetically and works great, takes great pictures too, definatly a great addition to anyone's instant camera collection!. Not just for teen girls anymore!

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5.0

Awesome Instant Camera!

By Anna

from Mesa, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black):

    I use it on trips and friend and family get-togethers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    4.0

    So far, so fun.

    By geotate

    from utah

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • Camera Is A Little Bulky
    • Film is pricey

    Best Uses

    • Artwork

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White):

    My 15 year old daughter uses this camera. Quick and instant pictures with a nostalgic flare was what interested her. She uses it with her friends and is building a photo wall with the prints.
    A little pricey on the film side...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Simple and Quick

    By Priyanka

    from Texas

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Convenient
    • Simple

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Fun
    • Home
    • Travel

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Yellow):

    It is an amazing camera as it captures memories and gives you the printed result immediately! I have been loving the camera and I hope that you will too!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love it

    By med

    from new york

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White):

    perfect camera. However i wish i got it in black. White gets dirty quick. But still a great instant camera :)

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    4.0

    Great Instant Pictures

    By Photoer

    from Northern virginia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Good quality

    Cons

    • Not Good For Action Shots

    Best Uses

    • People Pictures

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White):

    Its great fun to take instant pictures again just like the days of the Polaroid cameras. But these pictures are smaller which is better and a higher quality. Good purchase.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    SWEET CAMERA!

    By BKCamera

    from Nebraska

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Consistent

    Cons

    • Color/Tonal Shift

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Photojournalism
    • Travel

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Yellow):

    It's such a fun little camera. Just like the Polaroid. I use this for all the fun little things. The quality of pictures can be really good if you're good with checking and using the right lighting.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    perfect gift to your child!

    By iskai001

    from Bayonne, NJ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Reproduces Well

    Cons

    • Films Area Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Artwork

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Blue):

    we purchased this as a gift to our daughter, she's happy with it so far and is able to share the photos to her friends instantly and can easily fit in your wallet.

    the films are a bit expensive and I wish we can print multiple copies through the camera.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great gift!

    By Claudia

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Blue):

    My daughter absolutely loves this camera, she got it during the holidays and couldn't be happier, bought the bundle that came with camera, case and film. Best deal!

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    5.0

    Don't judge a book by it's cover.

    By kayal

    from ModestoCa

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Color/Tonal Shift

    Best Uses

    • Action Shots
    • Artwork
    • Home
    • Office
    • Photojournalism
    • Travel

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White):

    Easy to use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Awesome!

    By JB

    from NY

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Yellow):

    Awesome camera! Super fun to use and makes great pictures!

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    5.0

    Fun and easy

    By Camille

    from Fort Worth

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Blue):

    Very easy to use. Love the color

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    2.0

    NSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink)

    By MJ

    from IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

    • Color/Tonal Shift

    Best Uses

    • Well-lit Environments

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink):

    Great camera for kids who want to have pictures immediately! Pictures are of OK quality, not great. Need to be taken in well-lit environments for best results. Film is expensive.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Sqwelch

    from Lubbock

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Pink):

    Really makes Ya feel like you're in 1986 again

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    5.0

    fun & easy to use!

    By Alexander Pavone

    from Orange County, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Focus Is A Little Soft
    • Poor Flash

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Well Lit Portraits

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Black):

    fun extra camera to have to document a moment from a shoot.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    A fun camera

    By Van L.

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (White):

    I own several big honking DSLRs with those f/2.8 zooms everyone raves about. I have a great mirrorless camera with insanely sharp prime lenses. I carry a fancypants smartphone that shoots photos almost as good as my DSLR everywhere I go...

    ...And yet, ever since I got this lovely little Fuji instant camera, it's the first camera I reach for when I see something worth capturing. Sure, there are cameras that have "better" specs. But you know what? This camera is fun.

    That counts for a lot.

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    4.0

    Great starting polaroid camera!

    By Sir William

    from Birmingham, Al

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Home
      • Photojournalism
      • Travel

      Comments about INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Film Camera (Blue):

      I bought this camera as a gift for a friend. I have used it and it works great. We just use this camera for fun pictures of stuff we do. It is perfect for someone who just wants a fun easy to use camera.

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      • Yes

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