If you take images while out and about and like to get instant photographs from what you shoot then something like this offering from Fujifilm could well be the answer. I recently reviewed an offering from Polaroid that turns out to be not so instant so this more compact offering from Fujifilm has the word Instax in the title so let’s see.
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The Fujifilm Instax mini 40 measures 12x10x6cm when the lens is closed the last figure increases by 2.5cm when the unit is on. It weighs 399 grams. The images it takes are 6x4.5cm. The Polaroid ones are 10.7x8.7, Polaroid films are eight to a pack while the Fujifilm ones have ten images in a pack.
I was disappointed with the images that the recent Polaroid unit gave. They were not that sharp and took a long time to be fully developed. The Fujifilm ones started to show after less than a minute and were fully developed in less than five minutes.
Both the cameras were rather bulky as they are also printers. It took me a while to work out where to put my fingers as I always seemed to want to put them where I should not eventually I worked out that a finger under the lens was the best place which enabled me to get a nice balanced hold.
This unit has an automatic flash which means you cannot focus on anything reflective, at least it was possible to turn the Polaroid flash off but this had to be for each shot. In both cases it would have been nice to disable the flash.
The viewfinder on the Fulifilm unit was top left with the flash just below it and the shutter release just to its side so a very congested corner.
The on/off button is below the lens and this opens the lens ready to shoot, both the Polaroid and Fujifilm use a pair of ‘AA’ batteries.
A nice feature on the Fujifilm unit is a selfie mirror set in the lens surround so you can clearly see what you are about to capture.
Of the two units I found this unit was the better balanced and once I worked out where to place my finger in landscape mode it was fine. In portrait mode keeping the flash at the top of the image came naturally so that was simple.
As stated the images on both cameras are smaller and while those on the Fujifilm were smaller they were sharper.
This unit was a lot cheaper as were the films for it. A pack of two films of ten images can be purchased for £14.49 link at the end.
A camera like the one I was sent in black is £89.99 or with two films of ten images for £114.95. My maths tell me the best deal would be to buy the two film pack (£14.49) and the camera (£89.99) together at £104.48.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/instax-Mini-Film-Shot-Pack/dp/B0000C73CQ/ref=sr_1_11 for links to all of the Fujifilm camera range.