There was a time when instant cameras were so furious. However, they died slowly under the double attack of digital cameras and social networks. The first facilitated the capture and storage of photos, while the latter incorporated functions for sharing photos. Together they made movie cameras obsolete. But let's move forward a decade or so until today, and instant cameras are becoming popular again. This attraction is likely to be generated due to the popularity of retro photo filters on various social media channels. After all, the best way to capture a photo in retro colors is to use a retro camera. Whatever the reason, instant cameras are a hot product today and Fujifilm is making the best of them. They have launched a range of instant cameras with their latest offer, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 ($ 62.98). As successor to Instax Mini 8, Let's find out all about Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 in our review:
The Instax Mini 9 follows the same design language as its predecessor, so much so that you cannot tell the difference between the two at first sight. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Fujifilm is following the "If it's not broken, don't fix it" approach here and I really like it. The camera has a square shape with curved edges that make it really easy to hold and capture images with. The front is dominated by a large lens It shares the remaining space with the flash, the ambient light sensors, the shutter and the on / off button. The biggest visual difference in Instax Mini 9 is the front mirror that is placed next to the opening of the lens to see while taking selfie . It also comes with a detachable macro lens. We will talk about them later.
The back is quite minimalist with a viewfinder in the upper right and a hatch that covers the built-in compartment that houses the film cartridges. There is not much on the sides, only the top and the right achieve some action.
The upper part has an opening from where the processed photos come out, while the right one contains the battery compartment. The camera comes in many different colors such as lime green, flamingo pink, cobalt blue, smoky white and ice blue. We have the lime green version here at Beebom. Usually, Really I love the look and feel of the camera . When it comes to design, Fujifilm has knocked him out of the park.
The camera is very easy to use. Rounded corners make it very easy to handle. It also comes with a detachable bracelet, very useful for someone with slippery hands. The installation of the battery and the photographic cartridge is quite simple . You just need to open the hatch and insert them. The hatches are very safe but easily removable. The Start button is mechanical with firm feedback, while the capture button is easy to locate due to the notch around. The ambient light sensors help the camera to automatically suggest the exposure modes that will be used, which I thought was quite perfect. In general, when it comes to ease of use, don't find a handheld camera that is easier to use than the Instax Mini 9.
Performance and image quality
For the uninitiated, instant cameras are those that Instantly print the photos you take . They contain sheets of paper with chemical treatment that, when exposed to light, change color to replicate the image I took. Therefore, when buying an instant camera, you should keep in mind that the pixels do not count here. What matters most is the dynamic range, since the photos are quite small (credit card size), the differentiation between the different objects becomes very important to produce a clear photo. For what it is supposed to offer, the Instax Mini 9 keeps its promise.
Ambient light sensors along with the manually adjustable aperture allow you to take photos that are quite good. The environmental sensors automatically suggest among the different presets you should use (marked with a flashing LED). For the most part, I have found that it is accurate. All you need to do is turn the ring of light towards the corresponding flashing LED to select the preset. However, if you are not satisfied with your prediction, you can manually choose the setting using the ring of light. There are four main presets you can choose: indoor / night (f / 12.7), cloudy / shaded (f / 16), sunny / slightly cloudy (f / 22) and sunny / bright (f / 32) . The opening size decides the amount of light left by the camera in which you must choose according to the ambient lighting conditions. There is also a High key mode, to be used if you want to take images with an extremely bright background.
As mentioned earlier, the camera comes with a selfie mirror It helps you adjust the viewfinder while taking a selfie. It also comes with a detachable macro lens which allows you to take photographs at short distances (between 35 and 50 cm). You can use the lens to take a close selfie or any close shot for that matter. The image quality is as expected, do not leave it impressed, but it is still a great improvement over the old Polaroid / instant camera, while keeping the retro style alive. You will be happy with the results.
The film cartridge is basically the heart of the product as it should be. Individual films are similar to the size of a credit card and the image acquires an area of 46 mm by 62 mm . The photo sheets are inside a very compact plastic cartridge that contains 10 sheets. A double pack that has two cartridges with 10 sheets each It costs about 13 US dollars. The price per cartridge decreases as the number of cartridges in a package increases. The small size of the cartridge makes it very easy to transport. In addition, you can choose between different types of cartridges, the basics come with a white border, but you also have the option to buy cartridges with printed and colorful borders.
If you know what you are getting into when buying this camera, find no major defect other than the cost of film cartridges. The cost per photo is something that prevents you from using this camera extensively. In addition, the camera does not come with a single cartridge when you buy it You will have to buy the cartridges separately, even when you buy a new camera that increases the cost. Other than that, there is nothing I don't like here. Just remember, with this you are not capturing a photo, you are capturing a memory.
Should you buy the Instax Mini 9?
The Instax Mini 9 will enchant you as only some cameras can do it. It takes you back to the simplest times when taking pictures only requires you to aim and shoot. You don't have to play with all the settings and what not. Just take the camera and enjoy the experience of using it. Using the camera will bring you forgotten memories and put a smile on your face. Ah lies the strength of Instax 9 Mini and keeps its promises as announced. If you can afford it, you will not regret having made this purchase. Now, check out some of the photos we clicked on the image below.
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Review: A beautiful camera with nostalgia
The Instax Mini 9 is a pleasure to use. The quality may not match that of a digital SLR camera, which is understandable, but its use is simply delightful. In Gadget-Info.com we had a lot of fun with this camera. What you see in the image above is the team that enjoys the experience. If you have money to spare, you would like to have this one. Let us know your thoughts about the camera in the comments section below. Also, tell us if you plan to get one or not.
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