The Fujifilm brings instant delight and the nostalgia of Polaroid for an all-new target audience!
An instant camera is the perfect solution to making lasting memories. If you’re an indulgent parent, the Instax Mini 90 would sure make for an expensive play-thing for your hard-to-please teenager.
Of course, we’re also assuming that your kid is an exclusive member of the Rich Kids of Instagram community. No dollar bills for toilet paper, but yeah, if you measure love with the amount of money you spend on your child, this has the potential to bring a smile on that innocent face. The features are basic, no rocket-science here – meant for your kid or the kid in you who has a thing or two for expensive toys.
Take the hint, add in a few more currency notes and get a hoverboard. That’ll ensure you and the child get some fresh air. Are we being too tough on it? Let’s not completely write it off.
Fujifilm instax Mini 90 Design: Look & Feel
There is some element and feel of the old-school Polaroid cameras here, and although the Instax Mini 90 is light-weight, it’s not as mini as the name suggests. A digi-cam would be a clear winner in that race. It’s not as big as a DSLR either – there, you got one – just had to look hard enough.
For some, the retro design would be the selling point, but let’s remind you here that it’s a step up from the toy camera. It’s definitely fun to own one, but refrain if you’re serious about photography. Button count is as low as a kitchen appliance so the learning curve is small and chances of messing up are as slim as us having a Snapchat account.
Fujifilm instax Mini 90 Picture Quality: THE FUN ELEMENT
There are some cool features packed in this small bundle of instant joy. We didn’t need a Harvard degree to understand the seven modes, but that is all in theory. However, you might have to burn the midnight oil to get the hang of double exposure mode before you waste the very expensive film roll.
The portrait mode is what we’d declare a clear favourite, because honestly, the other modes were epic fails in our case, especially Macro. The view from the viewfinder was not in synch with the lens and suffered from parallax that was beyond repair. What you see through the viewfinder is sadly, not what you get in print and the only way to correct that is through many expensive practice runs.
The contrary happened and we were able to achieve better results using the Double Exposure mode and we got a fairly decent result on our second attempt itself.
The Portrait mode was a hit in terms of getting all of us in the same frame, but although it was taken in a brightly lit room, with ample sunshine to make a flower bloom, the Instax Mini 90 did not add any magic. It even failed to reflect the amount of fun we actually had while taking the pic. Clearly, this camera is meant for recreational photography but to become a real-life Instagram hero, you’ll need to understand the effects of the different modes, parallax from the viewfinder and how to work around it and gauging the correct distance from the subject. Get all these right and you will have a wall of wonders, in due course of time.
Fujifilm instax Mini 90 PERFORMANCE: Mo-nahi
Of course, we like to be the centre of attention at any gathering, so turning up at a friend’s house or at a party with the Fujifilm instax mini 90 would ensure no one else steals your thunder for as long as the film lasts (the box comes with 10, you can buy more, but beware, as that’s an expensive proposition. Spend your film wisely). The film roll itself is elegantly packaged in cartridge form that couldn’t get snappier to install. The camera automatically spits out the protective layer and you’re to fire at will there on.
A 60-second wait is all it takes to turn the image into a memory and smartly, there are two shutter release buttons, optimised for a landscape or portrait grip!
Fujifilm instax Mini 90 Polaroid films: THE YANG TO THIS YIN
We’ve don’t like to sugar-coat the bull-droppings, so here it is – You’ll probably call it exorbitant if you had to replace the film every few days. ₹11,000 for the camera and if you were to buy the accessories and re-load the film often, we suggest you open a special hedge-fund just for this. At least digital cams allow you to take multiple shots and back up as many options as you like. Just have to dump it on a comp!
Fujifilm instax Mini 90: Verdict
The instax Mini 90 could be much more, but sadly, this isn’t to cameras what Connery is to films. Its hopes of bringing back the nostalgia of printing instant pics might not catch on like wildfire due to the expensive refills, largely unpredictable results and the inevitable nature of all toys losing their charm over time. Yet, if you want a hint of Lomography and a pinch of Polaroid, the Instax Mini 90 is worth a try. Only if for the magic of images coming to life before your eyes. It’s still so cool!