Options, options, options
As far as instant cameras go, both models of the Fujifilm Instax Mini are delightful, accessible, and offer a ton of fun ways to experiment. If you're on the fence about purchasing one because you're unsure of the versatility, rest assured that there are many film options for you to choose from. These include Monochrome, standard color, and films with fun frame options such as Rainbow, Stained Glass, Shiny Star, Macaron, and more.
The prices on each film do vary a little, but they tend to hover around the $10 range for a single cartridge that includes 10 exposures. It may sound expensive, but it's actually a really affordable alternative to other instant monochrome films like Polaroid's Monochrome I-Type Instant Film, which will cost you approximately $16 for eight exposures.
Best of all, each Instax Mini film works in exactly the same way, meaning that you don't have to put in any extra effort to get the effect you desire. Whether you're going for the more brooding vibe of a black and white photo or the high-energy party vibe of a color snapshot framed in stars, your needs will definitely be met pretty effortlessly with Fujifilm.
Easy to use
One of the most beautiful parts of Fujifilm's Instax Mini series is its lack of pretension and ease of use. Loading the Monochrome film into the camera is extremely simple:
- Open the film pack.
- Unlatch the back compartment door on your camera's body.
- Place the film gently inside the compartment by lining up the yellow markers.
- Close the compartment.
- Turn the camera on by pressing the power button.
- Press the shutter button to eject the back covering of the film pack.
And you're done! You can begin shooting with your black and white film right away. And remember, don't pop open the back of the camera while a film cartridge is in use — light will damage it!
A great introduction to the world of instant photography
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is affordable, easy to use, fun, and colorful. You can take both front-facing shots and selfies with it, and the sheer volume of film options can help you make your snapshots a true reflection of your style.
A solid B&W film
Classic and moody
If you're looking to take your instant photography in a new direction, going monochrome is as easy as popping in a new film cartridge.
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