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Detailed hands-on review after using Instax Mini 9
13 October 2017
Instax Mini 8 was one of the favourite fun camera for instant photo lovers and while keeping its popularity in mind Fujifilm has now launched this new Instax Mini 9 with some minor upgrades. Unlike other countries, Instax Mini 8 in the Indian market was not a successful attempt due to less popularity for Instant cameras, to turn the tables Fujifilm has now come up with its updated version equipped with a selfie mirror and few minor upgrades. Let’s get into details:
In the Box:
2. Two AA non rechargeable batteries
4. Close-up lens
5. Few Manuals, sticker and warranty card.
The unique retro design with attractive pastel shades is one of the major reason people love this camera more than any other instant camera. Fujifilm while keeping the retro look intact, has now renewed its colour range with cool colours like Cobalt blue, Lime green, Ice blue, Flamingo pink and Smokey white. It weighs just around 350 grams with battery and it measures 4.56 x 4.66 x 2.69 inch, also it’s built up with plastic and that's make it look like a toy camera.
Few improvements in design includes a tiny selfie mirror at front of the camera to lure all those selfie lovers out there and a close up lens attachment to help capture macro shots more precisely.
This camera features a 60 mm lens with f/12.7 aperture and a flash that always light up whether you are indoor or outdoor. It also houses a light sensor that helps to automatically adjust the exposure as per the lighting condition and we only need to turn the dial as per the indicator. There is a dedicated high key mode which is an addition in this model to maximize brightness.
It comes with a set of two AA batteries but instead of these I would recommend to use rechargeable batteries that you’ll need to buy separately to save some bucks. There’s also a photo count analogue meter at the back that counts the number of shots remaining.
This camera is just for fun and is not meant to click ultra HD pictures like DSLR’s so better not compare it to them. It’s an instant camera so don’t expect any kind of connectivity with any other device. If you want a fun camera then only buy it or else you’ll regret.
Just press the power button located near the lens to turn on the camera and the lens will pop up. Adjust the exposure by using rotating the dial to the desired position as suggested by the light sensor and that’s it you’re ready to click retro looking pics, after clicking the photo the camera will extract a photo print from top of the camera in 2-3 seconds.
Don’t get shocked by viewing a blank picture because photo will take a minute or two to get fully developed.
But to use it you will have to first buy a photo cartridge which is available in the market separately at not so pocket friendly price and after putting the cartridge in the camera you will be able to click just 10 pictures before inserting a new cartridge.
Overall, the look and feel of this camera is just like a toy with no sharp edges and eye soothing colour, also the process of clicking photos is really simple but the cost per photo is not economical as per my opinion but that’s not what everyone seeks who buy this camera since it’s just for fun.
If you have a good budget to spend on an Instant camera then there are many options out there with better clarity and larger photo capabilities.
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