Kate La Vie

katelavie.com · Nov 16, 2014

Instax Mini 8 Camera.

I thought I would use today’s lifestyle post to talk about my Instax camera, as I know a few people will probably be eyeing one up for Christmas. I was hoping to wait that long, but I just couldn’t – naughty me.

I had one of the old style Instax cameras while I was at uni, but lost it in a house move just a month or two after I got it. Tragic. I had spied these little Instax Mini 8 cameras (£60) a lot over the years but only this year added one to my camera collection. I got pink, naturally!
If you haven’t heard of the Instax Mini, it’s a polaroid-style camera that produces instant pictures that develop in a few minutes. You have to buy the refills for them, but it’s well worth having little tokens of good times. I buy bundles of film on eBay – usually one pack with 20 ‘shots’ in it is around £13 – not cheap but not entirely expensive either.

The camera is so easy to use; you just pop the batteries in and then place the film cartridge inside. There’s really nothing else to it – I don’t even really touch the settings, just click out the lens to turn it on and point and shoot. The quality is pretty good for everyday snaps – the idea is to take a snapshot of memories rather than create something perfect, you can end up with some random results but that’s what makes it fun. The camera has a flash which means the results are usually sharp and clear – except if you’re Mouse.
I used up about 30 shots recently when we had a house party – everyone decided to try on my accessories, if you’re wondering what we’re all up to in the photos, and I ended up with some hilarious snaps! Most of those memories probably wouldn’t have ever become physical photos without the Instax so it was awesome to have it on hand – I have a whole drawer full of the photos so I’m considering making a huge Instax wall or frame!
As this is the Mini camera, the photos are quite small (Essie polish for scale) – my friend Emily has an Instax that you use with the Wide film and that’s pretty cool if you want a bigger result.

I think it’s well worth the money; it’s light enough to take around with you and not so pricey that you put off buying the film. In a time where physical photos seem to be unheard of, it’s a fun camera to have! If you’re looking for gift inspiration, I highly recommend giving (or hinting for!) an Instax camera, you definitely won’t regret it.

What do you think of the Instax Minis?

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