Old ways have their own charm, as the adage goes. So, when we first heard about the Instax line of cameras from Fujifilm, we couldn’t help but jump with joy. The shutterbug within us got sentimental at the sight of the instant camera. Hadn’t these gone extinct? Well, not quite.
It is available in two different formats Mini (7s, 8, 25 and 50s), it offers credit card size instant photos and wide Instax 210 (for 8.6 cmx10.8 cm size prints). The Instax range of cameras with the Mini 7s costing are priced at just Rs 5,299 while the wide 210 is available for Rs 8,299.
We tested both cameras, but the one that really got our attention was the wide picture format, the Instax 210. We first tested the camera indoors. The photos reproduced well with the flash filling up the background nicely. Light adjustment is available in three different pre-set modes — Lighten, Normal and Darken, which one can use depending on the availability of light. It also comes with an adjustable focussing range — first, between 0.9 metres to 3 metres, most suited for portraits and medium shots, the second, offering a range of 3 metres and beyond, which is most suited for landscapes and other photos. It also has a close-up lens attachment, which enables one to take really close pictures, and a mountable mirror to take selfies.
The flash struggles at times, when a picture is captured against a deeper background. The key is to pose against a well-illuminated background for a well-exposed picture. We, however, had a bit of problem as we made our way through the viewfinder; we found it capturing a bit more on the left side than what one sees through the eyepiece. And, considering each print costs Rs 50 (a pack of two cartridges with 10 slides is priced Rs 1,039) in the Instax 210; a mistake will pinch your pocket. But then, the Instax 210 is a fun point-and-shoot camera that saves you from the hassle of developing, and printing. Despite its shortcomings, we’d still recommend it as a great buy, especially to capture those special moments and paste them up on your walls, or your diary.
The Mini versions
Mini 7s: The most basic of the Instax series, the Mini 7s is available in five different colours. Simply remove the lens, and you are ready to go.
Mini 8: The international red dot award winner for product design (in picture), it’s an easy-to-operate camera.
Mini 25: It comes with automatic light adjustment feature, vertical and horizontal exposure button and a self-portrait mirror in the front.
Mini 50s: Available with automatic flash adjustments, timer and additional lens for close-up and macro shots.