Pick It or Skip It: Instax Camera

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a fondness for instant cameras. I still have a ton of classic Polaroids and iZone photos from my childhood. So, when companies started producing newer versions of these devices, I knew I had to have one.

A few years ago, I received a Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera for Christmas, and I was so excited about it. I couldn’t wait to take this camera with me on all of my adventures. I immediately started experimenting with the camera by taking photos of anything and everything!

From my 24th birthday a few years ago

Although I didn’t expect perfection, I discovered pretty quickly that the photo quality is not exactly fantastic. Even when fully developed, some photos appear dark and lackluster. In addition, the film is somewhat expensive. Each roll has 10 sheets (for 10 photos), and that doesn’t last very long. I would bring my camera along for friends’ birthdays or bachelorette parties, and everyone wanted a print to take home. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to share! I’m just saying that the cost adds up quickly.

The camera itself is also pretty bulky. For several trips I had difficulty packing it, and I never ended up utilizing it anyway. Now, I don’t bother bringing the device, because my phone takes better quality photos anyway.

While I really do love the camera, I don’t think I would purchase another. It’s just a little too inconvenient for me. However, Fujifilm now sells an Instax printer. With this product, users can send images from their cameras or phones to be printed with the same adorable boarder. Although I haven’t tried it for myself, this sounds like a better option in my opinion.

Have you used an instant camera recently? If so, what do you think?