FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

I told you back in January that we bought Finn a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant film camera for his birthday. A couple of people have asked about it and I thought I’d write a review of the camera.

Finn LOVES it. That might as well be where the review ends, but for the mamas and papas out there wanting a little more, here goes:

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

MY FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

The camera itself is pretty cheap. $58 at last check on Amazon. I bought the 3 year accident insurance for $12. It covers drops, spills, cracked screens along with electrical and mechanical issues. Because when you give a camera to a five year old…

Like all Polaroid style cameras, where they can get expensive is in the film. The cheapest I found was on Amazon at $40 for 60 sheets.

It’s pretty easy to get the hang of using. Finn was frustrated trying to get his hand in the right place for the first few shots but now he’s a pro. It looks adorable and it comes in really cute colors. Finn has the white one.

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

The photos themselves are smaller than I expected them to be, but perfect for Finn. Last night I discovered a photo of our babysitter in his nightstand drawer. I asked him why it was there instead of with the stack of other photos he’s taken and he told me that his top drawer is where he keeps all his very important things. I felt a little jealous.

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW
FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW

Finn has been getting better at taking photos since we’ve had it (I’m priming him to be an Instagram-son since Robbie refuses to be an Instagram-husband), and his eye for detail is really impressive. The first day we had it he brought it to Whole Foods so we have a lot of photos of expensive produce. We had to wait in a pretty long line to buy cheese and when he started to take photos of other people’s children I told him to give the photos to their parents as a reminder of our time together at the deli counter.

Here are a few of the photos he’s taken so far. Please note that I am wearing pajamas in all the pictures of me because Finn is a morning light photographer (and because I don’t get dressed, like, every single day).

FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 8 INSTANT FILM CAMERA REVIEW