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554 of 568 people found the following review helpful.
Lots of fun
Initially I had purchased the instax mini 7s from amazon and I really liked it, but the size and weight of the camera had always bothered me. Because this camera, the instax 25, uses 2 cr2 batteries instead of 4 AA batteries like the instax 7s its much smaller and lighter. I'm able to fit this camera in the instax bags you find on ebay with 2 extra packs of film whereas with the 7s i could only fit the camera due to its size.
Also when the 25 is used outside, the flash does not fire which is a definite plus when you dont want washed out photos. This camera also comes with a closeup lens which enables you to take close pictures without having to get too close. This camera also comes with an extra shutter button on the side of the camera in case you want to take pictures horizontally instead of vertically. The camera also comes with a feature that lets you either take lighter or darker photos. You can also control the flash somewhat by choosing whether you want the flash to be strong and highlight the background of the photo or you can switch it to landscape mode where i think it doesnt flash at all(not exactly sure because ive only used this option outside in bright light and the flash doesnt go off).
In order to really enjoy and appreciate these instant cameras you have to take a step back and appreciate them for what they are. Of course you can take a thousand pictures with a digital camera and print out 4x6 photos for 5 cents each, whereas each picture you take with the instax minis cost around 75 cents each, but its the appeal of having a photo seconds after you take it, and with these cameras each picture you take is one of a kind.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Arrived fast. Has automatic flash so sometimes the picture comes out a little over exposed. You cannot turn the flash off. It appears depending on the lighting so if you want more control over that I suggest not getting any of these past models. However, it does have the lighten and darken setting which helps with exposure. It takes a little mastery for beginners but it is still a lot of fun. Pictures turn out nice quality with still a vintage feel to them. It is also very cute and fits in a nice side purse. Comes with Batteries that might be a little difficult to find in stores but there are cheaper alternatives online. Instructions also came in english.
I do like it a lot!!
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Hit of the 8th grade dance. Tweens were amazed, adults were nostalgic
Cells phones were not allowed at the 8th grade dance (which to my picture snapping niece was the end of the world) so I got her this Fujifilm Instax MINI. And it was the HIT OF THE DANCE. The kids were amazed and fascinated, The adults were nostalgic because it brought back fond memories of Polaroids.
As for the camera itself, it is sturdy but still light, and once you decipher the Japanese "instruction" icons, loading the film into the camera is easy and stress free. Picture quality isn't the greatest, but good enough for kids. The film can get expensive, especially if you buy the novelty film with rainbow colors, stars, and smiley faces, but it is worth it to see the dumbfounded look on the kid's faces when a hard-copy print pops out of the camera.