In this blog I’ve decided to answer the most frequently asked questions regarding Fujifilm’s Instax Cameras.
Are Instax cameras worth it?
This really depends on a lot of things. What are you using it for? What size pictures do you want to print? How do you want to print them? What’s your budget? It’s such a broad question to ask and every user is different.
Personally, I like the SP-3 Share Printer over any of the Instax cameras but if I had to use one camera I would pick the Instax Wide 300. The SP-3 Printer is exactly that, a rechargeable printer that connects to your Android or iOS tablet or phone via it’s own Wi-Fi connection. This printer uses the square format film which is in between the wide format and the original mini format style. With the printer you can use templates like collages or social media templates that integrate your likes and profile photo in a banner. You can also add colour filters or of course edit your photo any way you choose for that perfect memory. You can even print from a compatible Fujifilm camera. The best feature for me on this is the fact that I can print whatever picture I want when I want it which means I save on buying film! That’s just a small sample of what you can do with the mobile printer but as you can see it gives you great flexibility, customization and cost savings.
I like the Instax Wide 300 because I just like the wide format of the film. It’s the largest format available, almost 2 times the size of the traditional mini film which allows me to capture more in your frame. Another nice feature on the Wide 300 is that you can mount this on a tripod if you plan on using this for group photos, corporate events, weddings etc.
Your deciding criteria is probably based around film options & price. The Mini 9 is the most popular model and retails for $89 (Canadian). You also have a ton of film options from the standard white border film to specialty film that comes in a variety options. This size film seems most popular for the DIY’ers out there from gift tags to scrapbooks, to wedding tables or if you just want to go old school and carry a picture in your wallet/purse it just seems to capture that mass appeal. If you’re like me but still want to keep the mini format style film then I’d recommend the SP-2 Printer.
To review the different kinds of Instax cameras that’s right for you I would suggest to check out this comparison chart!
Are Instax mini 8 and 9 the same size?
Yes, they’re the same size. The main difference between the 2 is that the Mini 9 has new colours, a selfie mirror and a close-up lens for pictures up to 35 cm away. The nice thing about them being the same size is they obviously use the same film but if you have a case for the Mini 8 it will also fit the Mini 9.
Are Instax mini 9 cameras waterproof?
No. I’m not sure if the intended question was if it has any IPX ratings or if they meant if you could submerge it in water. In any case, as far as I’m aware it’s not waterproof.
Are Instax cameras digital?
Up until recent the Instax cameras have all been analog which means you look through the view finder, press your shutter button and our comes your picture. There’s 1 Instax digital camera model that exists which uses the square format film called the Instax SQ10. This model is a hybrid between an Instax camera, and digital camera giving you the best of both worlds. You have all the creative and customization options like the share printers or you can use it like a traditional Instax camera. One of the nice things with this is that you can even load your digital pictures to the memory card and print them from the camera.
Are Instax cameras good?
Again, every user will have different opinions, expectations and it all depends what you’re comparing it to. The nice benefit with Instax is the print quality. The prints are using real film which will last a long time as long as its stored in a dry, well ventilated place. For more details on film check here.
Are Instax cameras Polaroids?
No, these are 2 totally different companies. Products and film aren’t compatible with each other in every way, don’t even try a hack lol. Instax cameras are manufactured by Fujifilm and Polaroid is a licensed product made by PLR IP Holdings, LLC. Related questions:
Can Instax film be used in polaroid 300? No
Can Instax use polaroid film? No
Can Instax film go through airport?
Airport baggage inspection equipment use X-rays that may cause irreparable damage to film, including
streaking in the final photos. It is recommended that you present film packs and loaded cameras to
airport security personnel for visual inspection when passing through a baggage check.
Can instax film expire?
It’s recommended that you use the film before the expiry date on the film. I have personally used expired film and didn’t experience any degradation in picture quality.
Can expired instax film be used? See answer above.
Can Instax film be taken out?
LOL well I tried this and if you remove the cartridge before its finished and expose the negative to light you ruin that 1 exposure. If you keep it and try to take a picture it won’t work but the film underneath the damaged one may be fine. All depends what conditions you’re in how much light you’ve exposed the cartridge to etc etc. Really though, why would you want to do this?
Can you cut instax film?
Each film sheet contains a caustic processing fluid. Never cut, tear or punch holes in unused films.
I hope I have helped you out in deciding if Instax is right for you, if you have any other questions or want me to do any other tests feel free to drop me a line. Happy picture taking!