Friday 24 January 2014

REVIEW: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

As I've mentioned before at our wedding we are going to try to create our own photo booth. I really want memories of our wedding day to be captured in various forms. When we went to The Wedding Show at the NEC in Birmingham there wasn't much for sale, except for wedding dresses of course! However, the Fujifilm Instax stall was selling a variety of instant print cameras - ideal for our photo booth! We choose the Instax Mini 8 (£69.98 (without any films - £17.99 for 20 films) from Fujifilm, £79.82 (including 20 films, batteries and battery charger) from Argos, £89.95 (including 4x AA batteries, hand strap and 40 shots of film) from John Lewis) , as it's easier to hold and came in such a lovely range of colours. We aren't really having a colour theme to our wedding but we want to keep to more pastel colours than bright ones. The Instax Mini 8 comes in pale yellow, blue, pink, white and black. This pale blue Instax Mini 8 camera is perfect for us!

The colour photo's are printed on film that is about the size of a credit card (5.3cm x 8.4cm), perfect size for our guests to peg onto a 'washing line'. I love that there is also a gap on every film to write a message, I think we'll leave colourful permanent markers on the photo booth for our guests to leave a lovely message about our wedding day - I'm already excited to read them!!

Here's a photo of Tom and I using a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8....

The camera came with 40 shots (credit card sized films), so we bought 100 more at The Wedding Show. We hope that will be enough, the last thing I want to happen is not to capture moments of our wedding because we ran out of film! It takes about 2 minutes for the picture to develop, which I think is really quickly (I remember going to get the old style cameras developed at Boots - you had to wait about a week!).  

The key aspects of this camera from the Fujifilm website are:

  • Auto Flash/Focus Free – Take bold, vibrant pictures, even in low lighting.
  • Brightness Adjustment Dial – Automatically determines the best brightness and suitable setting by lighting the corresponding mode (Indoors, Cloudy, Sunny, Very Sunny).
  • High-Key Photo – Setting the brightness adjustment dial to high-key mode allow you to take images with a softer impression.
  • Electronic Shutter – 1/60 sec. shutter speed ensures every moment is captures in an instant
  • Built-in Lens Cover – Protecting your camera is easy with the electronic lens cover that automatically opens when the camera turns on.
  • Fujinon Lens – Take clear pictures effortlessly with a superior quality lens.  

Another feature of an instant print camera that I really wanted, was that it needed to be easy to insert new films. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 couldn't be easier - the films are in packs of 10, you just insert the pack into the back of the camera - it's that easy!

Have you ever tried an instant print camera?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)



  1. Ahh I want one of these so bad, the pictures are lovely and love how they are in the style of a polaroid.
    Happy snapping! :)


  2. I want one of these so so much!!!! polaroid style pictures are just so adorable and unique compared to all our generic digital photos we have, defiitely thinking of investing in one of these myself!
    Kathleen @ Made In The 1990's.


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