For years I’ve been eyeing the FUJIFILM INSTAX instant film cameras, almost taking the plunge more than once. So when Fujifilm contacted me about reviewing the Mini 8, it was an instant yes!
The INSTAX Mini 8 is compact (but not tiny), super lightweight, and quite adorable. It is available in white, blue, pink, yellow, and black. I was able to get it set up quickly, though the instructions are IKEA-style without words. There are a selection of helpful tips included, including not shooting directly into a mirror or reflective surface.
Compared to a regular camera, the options are minimal. The flash fires automatically but compensates for the ambient light. Having once used that other brand of instant film camera in the 1980’s, it’s cool to have an on-board electronic flash.
There is a dial where you can set the aperture, from F 12.7 to F 32, with visual icons. It will light up over the recommended setting or you can stop it down to let in more light, just as you would on a camera. There is also a high key mode that boosts the brightness.
The INSTAX has a focal range of 2-8 feet and uses a center point exposure. This limits the scenarios of getting a perfect shot, but I’m not sure that’s the point here. The INSTAX is a fun novelty item for documenting life vintage-style.
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Tips for Using the Instax Mini 8
I suspect the camera is best suited for outdoor photos, though the combination of flash and high-key mode allows for lower light indoor shots with ease. My friend Amy of Lemon & Raspberry commented that she definitely prefers the outdoor shots.
The limited focal range means it’s not great for getting selfies or landscape shots in focus, however either don’t need to be crisp to be beautiful. I feel like this first packet of film (10 shots per pack) will be sufficient to learn the ropes. However, I did some reading and discovered some helpful wisdom in these posts:
- Why I dumped digital for INSTAX on vacation
- 10 tips for using your instant film camera
- INSTAX Mini 8 Review, Hack & Tips (VIDEO)
My Project Plan
I knew I wanted to do something special to really give this camera a good test. I’m traveling next month and the INSTAX will go along for the ride. I’ll also be bringing an Amy Tangerine Daybook that I had been saving for a fun project.
I’m keeping it super simple by bringing just adhesive and a pen. I want to document the trip on-the-go and see the project finished before I get home. I’ll be back here with a follow-up post after my big adventure!
I’m really excited to see the world through a different lens and simplify the process by limiting the number of shots I can take.
Have you ever used an INSTAX camera?
Looking forward to see your filled travel album especially the day book. Wish you a save and inspiring journey.
I have been eyeing this too. Might have come in handy on our Disney cruise. I journaled every night. Would have been nice to stick some photos in as we went along. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a fun tool!
I got an Instax Mini 50s for Christmas and I love it so much. I just keep it around the house to snap quick pics. The one time I intended to take it to an event, I forgot it. But I do love the ease of use, it does have a bit of a learning curve if you’re use to having more control of your camera functions. The prints are so cute and I love them for Project Life. Enjoy your experiment!
I had one of the old instant cameras. I loved it then, even though it was definitely not perfect. Would love to have the new one now that my granddaughter is growing up.
Hi, I have an Instax Mini 8 myself and my friends think it’s that cutest thing ’cause it’s handy and gives a vintage feel whenever the photo pops up on top. I like the little project idea you have, like a travel scrapbook thing. 😀
lol I have one in the color of Raspberry.Very pretty shade of pink. I actually got it for Christmas and I can’t wait to open it up.???? I literally look at my gift every morning just wishing that I could open it up and take a few pics???? I really can’t wait!!!!