Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid Camera


Price: $97 – $125NZD 
Colours: Black, White, Yellow, Pink, Blue

I got this camera for my birthday from a very special friend. It’s the type of thing I didn’t think I needed, and wouldn’t of bought for myself, but now that I have it, I’m not letting it go. I take this camera everywhere, and am often on the look out for interesting locations and subjects.

How to use it:
This camera is quite clever as it monitors and advises the right exposure setting for you. Simply turn it on, point to your subject, the LED light will indicate what setting your exposure should be on, flick it to that and take a snap. Your image will come out straight away and start developing, no need to warm it up or shake it like a, you get the picture.

What’s so great about it:

  • The Classic Features: I had forgotten how great a film camera is. Okay, it’s hard going from a digital SLR to a manual film camera, but it makes you remember the good times. The sound it makes when it’s first turned on, the counter on the back, the film slot. Amazingly old school.

  • The Exposure Settings: Basically there are a few different exposure settings to choose from. Because you don’t know what one will work best until you get the result, there’s a handy little LED indicator for you. Hold it up to your subject and the light sensor will pick up the best exposure setting for you, flick it to that and take the snap. There’s also a great High-Key setting with this version, so you can get vintagey over-exposed images.

  • The Image: I love how instant it is, and that’s really how polaroid has lasted the test of time. The quality is not bad either (and that’s me being critical since I’m so used to my Canon 60D). The credit card size is big enough to see detail, but small enough to actually put in your wallet. You could easily slip a photo of you in your boy’s wallet!

Overall, I really love this and was sooo happy to get it as a gift. Every photo is taken with thought and love since you want to get it right the first time. The film can be a little expensive at $30NZD for 20 shots, but it’s a lot cheaper than other polaroid film – trust me. The colours are cute and fun, so take your pick of pastel yellow, blue and pink, or opt for classic black or white.

If you’re stuck for a birthday/anniversary/nothing in particular present, get this! Whoever you get it for, they’ll be sure to fall in love with it.


  • Includes: x 2 AA Batteries, Camera, Instruction Booklet, Strap, x 1 pack of 10 film strips.

  • Picture Size: 62 x 46 mm (credit card size)

  • Instant Film

  • Shooting/Focusing Range: From 0.6 m

  • Shutter Speed: 1/60 Sec

  • Exposure Control: Manual switching system (LED indicator in exposure meter)

  • Flash: Constant firing. Range 0.6 m – 2.7 m

  • Film counter of unexposed films

  • Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.8 x 6.8 cm

Christine Stucki