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Fujifilm instax mini 8

Instax mini is a brand of instant still cameras and films marketed by Fujifilm since the late 1990s, the “mini” in the name referring to the format of 62mm x 46mm.

The films and cameras are based upon the improvements Kodak made to Polaroid’s SX-70 instant film system in the instant film cameras it sold in the 1970s and 1980s. Colour balance and tonal range are improved over Polaroid integral instant films. As well Fuji’s decision to integrate the pressure plate springs and electrical power sources into the camera bodies rather than the disposable film pack itself helps make the Instax system more economical per exposure than Polaroid’s equivalents.

Although Kodak itself ceased production of instant film cameras when it was successfully sued by Polaroid for patent violation, the Instax cameras were made and marketed with Polaroid’s permission and as a result could not be officially distributed in certain territories such as the USA, until the original Polaroid patents expired in the mid 1990s. With Polaroid ceasing production of instant films in 2008, the Instax system was the only integral instant film system in production until The Impossible Project launched their own integral film in early 2010.

(Courtesy to Wikipedia)

Since its release in 1998 FUJIFILM’s instax mini series has been popular because of its simple handling, appealing design and excellent image quality. The small cameras are insofar remarkable as the photos are, similar to polaroids, printed out immediately, but their smaller size allows them to be carried in card holders or wallets.

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The recognisable size and quality of the instax mini prints have inspired professional photographers, notably Yosemasu Yonehara, who produced an entire photo book using an instax mini camera (Tokyo Amour)

The instax mini 8 (¥6,200Prices are approximate only and subject to change.
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) is smaller than its predecessor, the mini 7S, and additionally boasts an image finder. To accommodate the mainly female users a “Hi key” button has been implemented, brightening the images and lending them an instant soft focus.

In a market dominated by digital cameras the analog charm of the instax has helped it to its own cult standing, especially because young girls and women prefer the flattering, bright and soft look of the instax prints.

Like other Fuji products in the past it can be used at weddings and other events. Lately the instax mini also managed to perform well in China, South Korea and other areas of East Asia. The instax mini 8 will be available in five colors: white, black, pink, blue and yellow.

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Specifications:
Film: Fujifilm instax mini instant color film
Film Size: 86mm × 54mm
Screen size: 62mm × 46mm
Lens: 2 components, 2 elements, f-60mm, 1:12.7
Viewfinder: Real image finder, 0.37x, with target spot
Shooting range: ∞ – 0.6m: fixed focus shooting range
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Exposure control: Manual switching system (LED indicator in exposure meter)
Film feeding out: Automatic
Flash: Always charging time (auto-dimming)
Flash: Constant firing flash (Automatic light adjustment)
Recycle time: 0.2 sec. To 6 sec. (when using new batteries)
Effective flash lamp range: 0.6 – 2.7m
Auto power off: 5 minutes
Power supply: Two LR6/AA-size 1.5V alkaline batteries
Capacity: 10 film packs (based on our company research)
Accessories: Hand strap, two AA batteries, warranty card, a dedicated close-up lens
Dimensions & weight: 116mm x 118.3mm x 68.2mm / 307g
(without batteries, strap and film pack)

Contributed by Rene

Rene is a writer and trend researcher. Born to Japanese parents in Vienna, Austria, she studied fashion and industrial design in Vienna, working as a make-up assistant (where she learnt to decode the complex world of primers, foundations and powders) and briefly as a stylist. After a year under the scorching sun in rural Thailand, Rene finally arrived in Tokyo and spent seven years writing for design magazines and researching trends in youth culture and design. She is White Rabbit's expert on Japanese beauty goods, fashion, and design products.

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