Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Price
Should you buy a bundle or separate?
There are a ton of offers where you can buy both the camera and packs of film for a package rate. However, when I reviewed and compared those deals to buying the camera and film separately, I got a better price in every case when bought separately because of a special deal I found online for the twin packs of film.
FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Blue
At the moment, there are multiple retailers selling this camera through Amazon and they all have different prices.
Today, the cheapest price available is this one for the Mini 8 in blue.
When I took that price and subtracted it from any of the bundle deals for the blue camera and then divided the remainder of the price by the number of exposures in the film packages, the film worked out to anywhere from .79 to .12 per exposure. Compare that to the .56 per exposure for the deal on twin packs mentioned above and you could save as much as buying the camera and 5 twin packs separately. It's one of the first cases I've run into in ages where the bundle isn't really a value.
Even if that special deal on film isn't available or they run out of stock, many Walmarts in the US carry the Fujifilm Instax Mini Twin Pack Film at a cost of about .75/exposure.
Full Feature List of the Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera
It's more than just a cute gadget
Flash goes off with every picture (no guessing or accidentally leaving it off) and it takes only a few seconds to recharge between shots
Five lighting settings indicated by easy to understand icons on the lens - Indoors/Night, Cloudy/Shade, Sunny/Slightly Cloudy, Sunny/Bright and Hi-Key. The Hi-Key setting washes out shadows and dark backgrounds so it looks more like a portrait setting.
Good sized viewfinder and visibility reduces squinting
It's called a mini because of the size of the images which are 2.4" x 1.8" - the total finished picture including the white space is about the size of a standard wallet size photo
1/60th of a second shutter speed which is comparable with digital cameras in the same price range and produces less blur from movement during the photo
Back of the unit has a removable cover where film is placed, a film warning window that tells you when not to open the back for risk of exposing the film, and an exposure counter to tell you how many shots are left on the film pack
Flashing LED light measures light and controls aperture setting so you don't have to mess with any complicated programming to get good shots
Cool, retro look in a compact body made of tough plastic and available in great colors that appeal to both boys and girls: black, pastel blue, yellow, pastel pink, and white
Includes the camera, strap that can attach as a wrist strap or a neck strap, 2 AA batteries, and the close up lens
Requires 2 AA batteries - energy saver feature puts the camera into sleep mode after 5 minutes of inactivity
Dimensions: 4.7" x 4.7" x 2.7" - weighs 10 ounces fully loaded
Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Review
How it works and why I like it
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This truly is a very easy camera to operate. The batteries go in a side compartment that slides off. You pop the film into the back and press the button to take a picture to advance the film. There's a power button to the side of the lens that, when pushed, causes the lens to pop out and the shutter to open. Then you just turn the dial to the right light setting icon, look through the viewfinder and push the button on the front to take your picture.
Each roll of film takes 10 pictures and a small window on the back keeps track of how many are left so you don't open the camera and expose the film until it's all used up.
The exterior is very sturdy although I assume if you drop it, the plastic might scratch. It fits nicely in your hand and you don't need to use both hands to take a picture which I remember having to do with the old Polaroids.
The pictures come out nice and clear and with great color and, of course, one of the benefits of instant photos is that little space at the bottom where you can label the photo or write a little message.
As cute as it is, though, my first thought was about whether or not it would really get used. Everything today is digital. I can't remember the last time I printed out a picture - I just seem to store them on my laptop or external hard drives or share them on Facebook.
But then I got to thinking, the reason I don't print out the pictures I take with my digital camera is because it's really a pain. When I need a picture printed out, I have to go through the whole process of hooking my camera up to my laptop to download them, then I have to carry the laptop over to the printer, switch out the paper, and pray I have enough colored ink left to get a few out with all the colors intact.
Kids LOVE to put pics up on their dresser mirrors, in their lockers, taped into their school folders, and in photo albums. An instant camera makes all of those things so much easier.
I could use it for scrapbooking, too. Can't count the number of times I've needed just one more photo to finish a page but I don't have it and then the whole digital thing seems too time consuming to pursue. Or, there are those school projects my kids are always getting when they need photos in order to make a poster.
My parents like to get photos they can put on their fridge (they have 13 grandchildren so it's a well-covered fridge) and I'm horrible about sending anything other than the classic school photo. To be able to print out a new shot on the Fujifilm Mini 8 whenever I want and put them in an envelope is just so much easier.
It's a great camera that I think solves some of the cost and issues we have in dealing with such a heavily digital world.
Fuji Gives a Video Overview of the Mini 8
Nice to hear from the designers themselves
by Techreviews058 | video info
Instax Mini 8 vs Mini 7s vs Polaroid 300
Compare to two comparable instant cameras
Most of the features are exactly the same (including the image size) except for the following:
Best Deal on Each Color
Blue, Yellow, White, Pink and Black
I've gone through all the listings to find the best deal for each color. They're organized below in order by price. Just click on the image to go straight to the right listing online.
Blue Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
The blue is a very soft, pastel blue. Young boys might find it's pretty cool and girls will love it - especially if it's their favorite color.
Pink Instax Mini 8
The pink is so popular that you'll find a lot of listings for it and while it usually costs more than the other colors, you can still find it for only a few bucks more than the blue. This listing has the lowest price I could find.
Instax Mini 8 White
This is my favorite. I like nice, crisp white anything. Besides, my husband would feel strange with any of the pastels and since I have all boys it makes sense not to get too girly unless I'm going to be the only one to use it (which I won't).
Yellow Instax Mini 8
Not sure why but yellow is one of the most expensive. I think it's very pretty and looks like butter. Not all girls like pink so it's nice to have a choice that's different and chances are their friends aren't going to have the same one.
Black Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
Most of the colors seem geared towards girls but there's a nice, flat black that my son went for right away. It matches his other cameras, is his favorite color (he's at that age) and it looks much more manly than the other colors.
Cool Instax Mini 8 Accessories
How to get more out of your camera
There's also a film type that has rainbow colored borders and some unique folders and albums in which you can store your snapshots.
Fuji Instax Mini Hello Kitty Film
Case for Instax Mini 8
Fuji Instax Photo Album