Whether you are a pro-photographer swooning over the best camera to have this year or prefer snapping photos with a smartphone, there’s just something appealing about polaroids. Eyeing the Instax Mini 9 or Mini 11? Here are all the things to know before choosing one to buy for the Holiday season.
FujiFilm Instax Mini Camera Series
Capturing moments has never been easier with eleven instant cameras from the Mini series to choose from (excluding special editions.) The models vary in designs, sizes, and features which contribute to their price differences. After years since its release, the Mini 9 now has a successor: the Mini 11.
Instax Mini 9 (2017)
FujiFilm released the Mini 9 in five striking colors to choose from Cobalt Blue, Lime Green, Ice Blue, Smokey White, and Flamingo Pink. The Mini 9 comes with a strap and close-up lens attachment allows shooting up to 35 cm away. In addition, the Mini 9 has a manual switching system and high-key mode produces shots with a softer impression.
Instax Mini 11 (2020)
Following the Mini 9, almost three years later, is the Mini 11. The Mini 11 launched with even more accessories and features. Besides the strap, two shutter button accessories are included after purchasing with one button that glows in the dark. The new polaroid camera comes in Blush Pink, Sky Blye, Charcoal Gray, Ice White, and Lilac Purple.
This or That?
Unlike the Mini 11, the Mini 9 has a manual switching system. The exposure on the latest model is automatic while the previous model featured an LED indicator in the exposure meter. The Mini 11 now calculates the surrounding brightness and then adjusts the shutter speed accordingly. The Mini 9 has a shooting range of 0.6 m and beyond while the Mini 11’s focus range is from 0.3 m to ∞. Furthermore, the Mini 11 is sleeker than its predecessor with the unit weighing 293 g. On the other hand, the Mini 9 weighs 307 g without batteries, the strap, and a film pack.
Contrary to the earlier model, which debuted with a close-up lens attachment, this year’s release makes taking selfies even easier! Enable Selfie Mode on the Mini 11 by simply pulling out the lens. The instant switch to selfie mode is time efficient and you can shoot a subject from 30 cm to 50 cm away and get a nice clear shot, every single time. Obviously, this means that money is saved since this feature means potentially better quality polaroids. Therefore, going for the Mini 11 is a great choice!
Adjusting to Development
Despite the advancement of phone camera photography, the instant film camera market continues to thrive. These cameras may not have the same quality as DSLRs but give an old-fashion feel instead. You could always use a little blast-from-the-past charm and get your hands on the polaroids of a Fujifilm Instax just in time for the holidays.