You might ask why this post is listed in my main blog and not in my Fuji Blog, but I'll get to that shortly.
Ever since I got my first Fuji camera I've been amazed by the technology, creativity and innovation of each of their products. One camera came out and the next was that much better. All the lenses are fantastic and Fuji has really become a game changer for those looking for a lighter alternative to their heavy DSLR kits. Others have purchased Fuji Mirrorless cameras to add to their kit as a more everyday camera system.
But, Fuji didn't stop there. They also came out with a Fujifilm Instax line-up.
For those of you who grew up in the 70's and 80's probably recall the old polaroid cameras that would take a photo and then eject a print. These were very popular for several decades, but with the digital age these become obsolete pretty quickly.
In the early 2000's Fujifilm launched the Instax line-up. These were very simple cameras and mostly considered as toys with a very small marketshare. With the launch of Mirrorless cameras this segment became re-invigorated and more popular as well. Fuji continued to improve on their lineup and now has several Instax cameras that are very easy to use, all use the same film and look like mature products.
But, I got off topic there a little...
I started hearing more about these cameras this past year and it really piqued my interest. I never owned a polaroid camera back in the day, but I have used them in the past.
But, trusting Fuji and knowing that they make very high quality products I decided to purchase the Mini 90. Even with our snow storms up here it only took 2 days to arrive. Its not a professional camera or trying to be one, but a useful instant film camera. All the reviews I'd read said that it was fantastic and a lot of fun. And to me, that's all I wanted, something fun. In fact, the more I use it the more I find that I'll be able to incorporate it into the business side things.
The camera comes with a rechargeable battery which is great. So I made sure to fully charge it before using it. The camera feels solid, but is very light for its size. It feels good int he hand.
On the front you see the power switch, the lens details, a flash and the branding. When you turn the camera on the lens protrudes out.
One side has the opening where the slide comes out with the finished print. Because of its placement you can tell this camera is meant for taking photos in portrait orientation. If you prefer taking horizontal photos you'll have to take a photo and quickly move your fingers out of the way. I had no problem with it at all though.
Also, if you're taking a selfie just make sure you can see your reflection on the chrome part of the on/off switch.
On the back is the door to put in the cartridge of film and an lcd screen. This screen tells you how many exposures you have remaining and what settings you're using. I know there is a macro mode, an action mode, a double exposure mode and a flash option as well. I only tried it in full auto with good results so far. I'll have to try it out some more.
Each package comes with a cartridge. There are 10 exposures per pack. You can buy them in single or multi-pack cases. These are super easy to install and you can have the camera ready to shoot in about 5 seconds as it has to print out the test frame first.
These are the first two photos I took with the Instax. One is a photo of my dog Chance and the other is a photo of me. As you can see there is a white area underneath where you can write with a pen or a sharpie. These can also be put into specialized albums as well.
The back of these have a black film, so you can't really write on there, but that's ok.
Why I put this post on this blog :
I purchased the Instax to use at weddings. I will be including a couple "rolls" or more with each package as I want my brides having some photos in hand on the same day of their wedding. These could be of fun moments during the reception, guest selfies or special moments. I'm excited to offer this to my brides going forward. These are true one of a kind photos of your wedding day! There are no copies!