Starting Out with My Instax

by Elizabeth Sellers on 4 April 2014 · 15 comments

Instax Mini Neo Classic 90 Camera Review

I have been hankering after an Instax Mini for YEARS! As a former Polaroid fan back in the days when you really did shake it like a … I was so excited when Fujifilm brought out an instant self-printing camera. And my hankering finally got a seeing to recently when Fujifilm recently asked me to test out their Neo Classic  Mini 90 Instax camera.

Let me start of by telling you I LOVE this camera.

Now let me tell you why.

Fujifilm Instax Processing

I have had a love for photography since I was a little girl. I have huge boxes filled with photographs taken over the past 20-odd years. I used any camera that was available to me including a Polaroid camera that I received for Christmas when I was 10 years old. The price of film was pretty pricey back then but that did not deter me from experimenting with photography.

I utterly loved taking instant photographs. The anticipation as you held the photo in your hand as it developed; shaking away in the hope it would speed up the process (it never did). And the finality of the photograph. You had just one chance to capture that photograph and get it right. It was exciting!

Instax Camera and Minis

Flash forward to the digital age and I’ve become accustomed to limitless shots, instant playback and post-production editing. Don’t get me wrong, I love digital photography. It’s just … different.

Instax Photos

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with the Fujifilm Neo Classic, taking my usual shots that would normally be taken on my iphone or DSLR. This includes selfies, outfit photos, shots of dinner, coffee and scenery. The result was a mixed bag and it is clearly obvious that my approach to photography needs to alter slightly using film.

The camera has a number of really nifty functions are rad. There is, of course a flash, which can be switched on, off or delayed. There a few settings including macro, night time, scenery, kids and double exposure. Plus there’s a timer function and a button to lighten or darken the image. See, there is plenty to play with here. The  camera has space to be fixed to a tripod. And the build quality is rather nice.

Double Exposure Instax

The film is super simple to load with a rather satisfying machine like noise. And the price of film is actually about same price my polaroid film used to be 20 years ago. Sure, it’s pricier than taking a snap on your iphone, but is is ten times more exciting. I adore that the tactile nature of holding my photograph in my hand.

It does take some getting used to using the viewfinder to frame the image, and what you see is not exactly what you get. But I think experimenting is half the fun with this camera.

As you might be able to tell from the photos above, overcast conditions make rather dull images. And my food photography looked pants. The camera works best under more contrast light. So it’s a great summertime camera.

I didn’t actually have to write a post about this camera as part of my project with Fujifilm, but I love this camera so darn much I just had to tell you all about it.

If you want a fun camera that produces instant photographs and potential keepsakes I totally recommend the Neo Classic Mini 90. Plus, you get some great reactions in the pub when a photograph pops out of your camera!

The Neo Classic Mini 90 retails around £129.99 and the film is around£17.99 for 2 packs of 10 but there are some great deals out there including this one at Asda

Do you have any experience with instant photography? What do you think?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Rhianne April 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

Ohh I didn’t know the new model did double exposures, that is awesome and I would never have though to look on Asda for one either.

I love that you’re loving this camera, I love mine too but I don’t use it as often as I should.

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Laura April 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I have the big bulky white one and I still love it but this new version is super sexy looking and does double exposures. NEED!

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Emily Jayne April 4, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Jealous jealous jealous want want want :) *does best only child style foot stamping* :D

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Dancing Branflake April 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

You’ve convinced me. I totally want this camera.

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Michelle April 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Ooh I have a hankering for one of these. I have a polaroid and have taken a couple shots with the impossible film but the quality seems a bit hit and miss and I am so careful with it I have literally taken very few photos! I’d perhaps go for the bigger size one.

Enjoy the snapping.

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Gemma April 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

oooh nice, I’ve got an old one but love all the features on here.

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Kara April 5, 2014 at 8:05 am

My hubby bought me an instal a few years ago and I have to agree the shots are best out in the sun. Yes they are pricey and they are not as perfect as a digital but if I had a choice it would be my Fuji. I miss film so much. This one is so pretty though. May have to ask for an upgrade.

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Missy Vintage April 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

Oh wow what a mighty handsome camera! The art of photography in the traditional sense (film) still has a firm place in my heart.

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becky | accooohtrements blog April 6, 2014 at 8:08 pm

ooh my goodness, it’s beautiful!

i adore film too. my latest toy is a 60+ year old brownie (bought off ebay for £2.11!!) & even if it doesn’t work it’s the most gorgeous ornament :)

becky,

accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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Katie Louise April 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

I have the instax mini 10 and I love it, though it annoys me that the flash is always on! Film photographs are the best!

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claireabellemakes April 8, 2014 at 1:11 pm

A great post. I have always loved my Polaroid 600 and recently starting using a Fujifilm Instax Mini too. It’s much fun to experiment and try something different to digital every once in a while, so I can relate!

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Sarah April 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Shaking instant photos is actually bad for them! You mix up the chemicals so developing doesn’t happen at the rate it’s meant to or stops completely. I blame the Black Eyed Peas for spreading misinformation :-)

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Gabrielle April 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I’d love an instax, I bet I would be much more aware of taking photos with more thought to composition and lighting, and I know I’d be more likely to display them because they’re already printed out! Can’t remember the last time I printed a digital photo…

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