For the past few years images with retro filters have become all the rage on social media. With sites like Instagram, retro is hip and continues to be so. Another thing that is retro but have lost its ground amid all this social media circus, is instant film cameras, or say cameras like Polaroid.
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Only a niche class of people used it earlier. Now, almost nobody uses it.
Fujifilm, however, buoyed by the love for everything filter in the world of social media photography, is trying to bring back the retro feel to cameras. It has launched a few compact, and rather toy-like cameras, that churn out instant photos, all filtered and developed in an instant. One of these cameras is Instax mini 8. As the name suggests, it is a small, almost cute camera that pushes out photos instantly.
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The retro bit is not only limited to the camera type.The photos too have a rather retro look to them. So is it worth buying a camera from the past in the 21st century? We tell you. There is not much to talk when it comes to the design of the camera.
Design-wise, it is probably the least innovative thing came out of Fuji’s factory. Why do we say that? Take a look at Polaroid 300 Instant camera. No doubt Fuji has made it plainer, unicolored, but other than that it is almost a true copy of Polaroid 300’s design, which in itself wasn’t a bad design. In fact this chubby, cute design is good, but then it is not newâ€¦ at all! The camera is not heavy, but feels strong enough. However, we would advise you to hold it tightly.
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If you drop it, the plastic may crack. Talking of plastic, the material used in the camera is smooth and doesn’t feel cheap. The buttons, battery cover, and flash may feel a little flimsy but they can take some beating. On the back, the camera has a cover that can be opened to put the instant film strips.
The design makes the camera comfortable to hold while clicking pictures in portrait mode. Though, holding it in landscape mode feels cumbersome. The position of the camera button is not entirely suitable to take landscape pictures unless you have really long fingers and a huge palm. Almost all of us have those family photo albums at home, that are 15-20 years old and that our parents clicked.
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The Instax Mini 8 is like a portal to those old times when photographs meant to be cherished and people used to be proud of them. Personally, we love the camera. Fujifilm has priced the Instax Mini 8 at Rs.6441. And 20 film strips will cost you another 1000 bucks. Certainly, you can buy an entry level digital camera in the price range.
But will it take you to the nostalgic trip after five or 10 years? We doubt so. The built and functionality is perfectly suitable for clicks taken at a get-together party or just for the sake of nostalgia. Plus Intax Mini 8 looks funky, has a cool feel to it, and it brings out some good, collectible photographs that look different and will surely add to your collection of photos. Buy the Instax Mini 8 if you don’t mind spending Rs.7,000 on a fun and cool toy.
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It’s not much of a camera. But whenever you click a photo with it, it will probably bring a smile to your face. That is the value Instax Mini 8 offers. As a pure camera, this is not what you should get. But if you already have a camera and if you are tired of boring, mundane photography, give this one a try.