I have been hankering after an Instax Mini for YEARS! As a former Polaroid fan back in the days when you really did shake it like a … I was so excited when Fujifilm brought out an instant self-printing camera. And my hankering finally got a seeing to recently when Fujifilm recently asked me to test out their Neo Classic Mini 90 Instax camera.
Let me start of by telling you I LOVE this camera.
Now let me tell you why.
I have had a love for photography since I was a little girl. I have huge boxes filled with photographs taken over the past 20-odd years. I used any camera that was available to me including a Polaroid camera that I received for Christmas when I was 10 years old. The price of film was pretty pricey back then but that did not deter me from experimenting with photography.
I utterly loved taking instant photographs. The anticipation as you held the photo in your hand as it developed; shaking away in the hope it would speed up the process (it never did). And the finality of the photograph. You had just one chance to capture that photograph and get it right. It was exciting!
Flash forward to the digital age and I’ve become accustomed to limitless shots, instant playback and post-production editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love digital photography. It’s just … different.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with the Fujifilm Neo Classic, taking my usual shots that would normally be taken on my iphone or DSLR. This includes selfies, outfit photos, shots of dinner, coffee and scenery. The result was a mixed bag and it is clearly obvious that my approach to photography needs to alter slightly using film.
The camera has a number of really nifty functions are rad. There is, of course a flash, which can be switched on, off or delayed. There a few settings including macro, night time, scenery, kids and double exposure. Plus there’s a timer function and a button to lighten or darken the image. See, there is plenty to play with here. The camera has space to be fixed to a tripod. And the build quality is rather nice.
The film is super simple to load with a rather satisfying machine like noise. And the price of film is actually about same price my polaroid film used to be 20 years ago. Sure, it’s pricier than taking a snap on your iphone, but is is ten times more exciting. I adore that the tactile nature of holding my photograph in my hand.
It does take some getting used to using the viewfinder to frame the image, and what you see is not exactly what you get. But I think experimenting is half the fun with this camera.
As you might be able to tell from the photos above, overcast conditions make rather dull images. And my food photography looked pants. The camera works best under more contrast light. So it’s a great summertime camera.
I didn’t actually have to write a post about this camera as part of my project with Fujifilm, but I love this camera so darn much I just had to tell you all about it.
If you want a fun camera that produces instant photographs and potential keepsakes I totally recommend the Neo Classic Mini 90. Plus, you get some great reactions in the pub when a photograph pops out of your camera!
The Neo Classic Mini 90 retails around £129.99 and the film is around£17.99 for 2 packs of 10 but there are some great deals out there includingthis one at Asda.
Do you have any experience with instant photography? What do you think?