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Fujifilm Instax mini 8 Preview

By Kevin Bruce Francisco - 11 Apr 2013
Launch SRP: PhP3999

Fujifilm Instax mini 8 Preview

Sticking to the Basics

The new Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is available in five colors.

First seen at CES 2013, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is about 10% slimmer than its predecessor, the Mini 7S. Even though its body is somewhat hefty compared to today's compact shooters, bringing it  to places is effortless thanks to its light plastic shell. An upgrade from the company that proved useful is a better viewfinder. By the introduction of a real image finder, images snapped are clearer, especially when shooting portraits. In addition, the viewfinder displays the centered subject more visibly.

Pushing the button on the side makes the lens pop out and turns the camera on.

Simplicity is a flavor that was maintained by the Instax Mini series. Here we see the shutter button which is one of the two buttons seen in the entire camera.

Turning it around, you have the viewfinder, film compartment, and exposure counter.

Two AA batteries situated on the side panel get the device running.

Twisting the lens, one would be able to choose from five shooting modes including the new High-key. The orange light indicates the right exposure for the current shot.

The small exposure counter on the bottom right indicates the number of unexposed film is left.

Up top is the slit where photos come out.

The Mini 8 prints out credit card-sized photos.

The flash fires at all times regardless of the lighting condition so all the user needs to do is to keep on clicking the shutter button. Focusing won't be concern as well since the Mini 8 can focus anywhere from 0.6m onwards. It also comes with all the shooting modes present in the 7S, with an additional High-key feature that gives off a brighter and softer touch to the printed image.

Below is the list of technical specs:

  • Film : Fujifilm Instax Mini Film
  • Film size : 86 x 54mm
  • Picture size : 62 x 46mm
  • Lens : 2 components, 2 elements, f-60mm, 1:12.7
  • Viewfinder : Real image finder, 0.37x, with target spot
  • Shooting range / focusing range : 0.6m - ∞
  • Flash : Constant firing flash (Automatic light adjustment)
  • Power supply : Two LR6/AA-size 1.5V alkaline batteries
  • Auto power off time : 5 min.
  • Others : Exposure counter (number of unexposed films), film pack confirmation window
  • Dimensions & weight : 307g (without batteries, strap and film pack)

Watch this really short clip (shot using an LG Optimus G) showing more of its physique and imaging performance.

A New Toy to Play With

Basically, the Mini 8 is a novelty item that anyone can play around with and enjoy. It moves away from the complex settings of today's cameras and sticks to its basic concept – simple pointing and shooting. Plus, the photographs always have that exciting retro feel after printing and seeing them in your hands.

A box of Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 retailing at PhP 4,180 comes bundled with the unit, a wrist strap, manual, and two pieces of AA batteries. The 10-shot film for the Mini 8 costs PhP 400.

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