Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera – Sky Blue
We are testing the new Instax Mini 11, a compact Polaroid camera that immediately prints the photos taken.
Every year, Fujifilm launches new Instax instant cameras, improving and complementing previous models. The company has had advanced devices for a long time, with a display and the ability to print from a phone, such as the Instax Mini LiPlay, but the classic models Instax mini are still the most popular. One of them fell into our hands – we told what the publishers liked.
What’s new in Instax Mini 11
Instax mini 11 is an updated version of the most popular Instax Mini 9 camera. He collected all the best of the classic model: harmonious design, low price and quick printing. Colors are also many: there are white, blue, graphite, lavender and pink color options. The same 62 × 46 mm cartridges are used here, so the cards of the previous camera will fit the novelty.
The case has become more compact, so the camera is more convenient to hold with one hand. The manual exposure controller has disappeared from the front panel: there are now no indicators around the lens, and the exposure is adjusted automatically, depending on the ambient light. Flash power and shutter speed also live your life, you will not have to adjust anything. On the one hand, this simplifies the shooting process, on the other hand, lovers of manual light and image adjustment will be left without this possibility.
Instax Mini 11 is already in online stores and costs on average 6400 rubles.
We had an empty model. The case is made of high-quality matte plastic, as it turned out, quite branded, so you need to use the camera carefully.
On the sides of the box there are hooks for the strap-it can be hung from a comfortable side. The cable itself goes hand in hand with the camera. Also included are finger batteries and two plugs for the shutter button, one of which lights up in the dark.
The compartment for photo postcards with a snap lid, is filled simply and quickly, even a child can cope with it.
On the lens, as in the previous model, there is a mirror for selfies-you can see its reflection and correctly compose the frame. Thanks to the smart design of the housing (the thumb hits the release button directly) and the strap that can be placed on the wrist, the camera is easy to hold with your hand outstretched during the shooting process.
How it works
The camera itself is very simple: the button is also only one, for the descent. Instead of the screen that older models have, here everything is used a classic viewer-a window where to look during filming.
To turn on the camera, you need to open the lens: for this, there is a small button-lever next to it. To make a selfie, you need to pull a little further: there is also a special sign of the Selfie mode on the body. To disable the gadget, you need to manually put it back.
Another unusual detail is the analog meter located near the cartridge compartment. It shows the number of remaining cards, just like on the old cameras.
Shooting on Instax Mini 11
The process of shooting in Instax is very exciting-after all, the photo card will be printed immediately. The failed frame will have to be shot again, and this will also have an attempt. Constantly filming on a smartphone, we have already forgotten what it is: when it is necessary to warn people before shooting, so that no one closes his eyes and carefully reflects on the plot so that everything goes well.
It is convenient for the camera to focus very quickly: press the release button and the photo starts to print instantly. The manifestation process takes a couple of minutes-watching how the colors become brighter is a separate pleasure.
Instax cards create a special atmosphere: they can be used as cards, hung on magnets, given to friends immediately after taking photos to preserve the memory of pleasant moments. They have pleasant muted colors, as in an old photo film, and even the simplest frame turns out to be especially warm and cozy.
We try to shoot on Instax in different environments, at home and outdoors. In terms of quality, the same rule works here as with cheap smartphones: the brighter the lighting, the better the image. Since the camera has an automatic flash, it shoots in low light-as a result, the subject is illuminated, and the background is too dark. In addition, it is not recommended to shoot at close range, so it is difficult to focus the optics.
But it is important to understand that the mini line is not about technical bells and whistles and Super characteristics. It is a gadget for entertainment, not a replacement for a real camera. If you need additional adjustments and the ability to control the shot, pay attention to the old models of Instax LiPlay and square lines.
Is it worth buying Instax Mini 11
If you’re looking for an original gift or want to immerse yourself in the times when Polaroids were popular, feel free to grab a new Instax and enjoy the magic of instant printing. From cards with your own photos, you can make beautiful collages, decorate them with a refrigerator or magnetic board, use them as bookmarks. But the most important thing is the process of shooting, which even the most serious adult will become an admired child.