Instax Mini 8 Review
This is something else that I've been meaning to blog about for a while and never seem to get around to it.
I actually got this last Christmas, its the Instax Mini 8 and I have been in love with it ever since I got my hands on it.
Growing up I had a Polaroid camera and just thought it was the best thing ever but the one I had was one of the models that they stopped making film for so when I heard about the instax I knew I had to have it in my life.
So I thought I would do a little review of it for you....
Appearance - Its so pretty. I choose pink because well... I just love pink but you can also buy this in yellow, blue, white and black. It has such a lovely texture it just feels like a plastic toy camera really which makes it sturdy and super easy to hold too.
Is it easy to work? - Yes, so easy. That's why I wanted to get an instax as I just think there is something so refreshing about using a camera where you don't have to worry if you are in the right lighting or if the setting works best for the photo, you literally just point and shoot, just like the Polaroid and Lomo cameras too. This 8 version does come with a dial to adjust the brightness to make your picture less dark but there is no hassle to it. When you turn on the camera you wait a second and the little light around the lens automatically tells you what light setting you should use and you just turn the lens to whichever one it tells you and your good to go. Oh and it has a flash too which helps.
How do the pictures look? - They look imperfect, which makes me so happy. I love digital cameras, I mean who doesn't and I couldn't make this blog without them but I just love how the instax pictures turn out. They are just exactly as you'd want them to look. The quality of the actual pictures themselves are amazing but I love how sometimes they might be a little blotchy or squinty or fuzzy. That's the reason why I bought the camera and I think that's what most people love about it too.
What about the film? - Well that's my only bugbear with Polaroids and instax is the film is so expensive. The film I've been using is £10 for 10 pictures, which I know doesn't sound like that much but when your used to taking like 20 shots of the one thing on a digital camera you do have to think a little more about what you want to take pictures of so you can use them wisely. The only good thing is normally there are some good deals on film coming up to Christmas so I would keep an eye out for that.
Verdict - Overall I think this is such an amazing buy, its so fun to use and the pictures are amazing and really do make people smile. There is something so lovely about taking a picture and then the anticipation of waiting to see it develop in front of your eyes. I think its a great thing to have for parties or events that your going too as well, as its such a lovely way to capture special moments in a really cool way. I think this would make the perfect Christmas present for someone or just a little treat for yourself!
I can not remember what online shop I got mine from last year but I've had a google around and I see that Jessops are selling my exact camera the cheapest HERE for £59.
Are you a fan of instax? Is it on your Christmas list this year?