Instax mini 8 vs Instax mini 90, Who will win?
In this article we will make a side-by-side comparison of the two trendy Fujifilm INSTAX cameras, the Mini 8 and its smaller, lighter successor, the Mini 90 Neo Classic.
There’s nothing more thrilling than capturing an unforgettable moment on a camera that can also print it out for you – instantly! If you really miss those good old days of instant Polaroid photos, Fujifilm’s INSTAX range of cameras absolutely fills that gap. Rule out those retro looking photos in seconds and stay unique!
Fujifilm Mini 8
Launched in 2012 by Fujifilm, this 100 per cent analogue camera is a basic point and shoot camera that can take instant photos and also print that for you immediately, reminding you of the nostalgic Polaroid days. But unlike the Polaroids, the prints are just credit card sized.
Although Mini 8 looks a bit bulkier than the pocket-sized digital cameras of today, it weighs only 307 grams, and is much leaner than other INSTAX predecessors. Featuring a hefty lens, large buttons and a toyish plastic matte finish, this model comes in five attractive colors: blue, pink, white, black, and yellow.
There different exposure levels on this camera:
- Indoors – Night (F12.7)
- Cloudy, Shade (F16)
- Sunny, Slightly cloudy (F22)
- Sunny and bright (F32)
But you don’t really need to worry about them because the camera automatically detects what mode is best for your pic. How cool is that?
Besides these levels, the Mini 8 also has a High Key mode for taking photos in extreme lighting conditions and moderate settings.
Instax Mini 8: Pros
- Mini 8 is much cheaper than Mini 90, but the image qualities of both are almost the same
- The camera is available in 5 trendy colors
Instax Mini 8: Cons
- Slightly heavier than Mini 90
- No retractable lens
- No rechargeable battery, but works on two regular AA batteries
Fujifilm Mini 90 Neo Classic
The Mini 90 Neo Classic is the new and improved INSTAX successor of Mini 8 launched in 2013 by Fujifilm. It uses the same film, it is lighter, smaller and a bit more expensive than the Mini 8.
Featuring a 60mm retractable lens, Mini 90 can easily focus objects at a close range of under one foot thanks to its Macro mode.
With its built-in flash and automatic exposure control features, taking photos at low-light and other lighting conditions is easy as a pie. Mini 90 features an optical viewfinder with in-built target spot that takes instant photography to a whole new level.
Instax Mini 90 camera also comes with a wall charger, Li-Ion rechargeable battery, four brightness controls for adjusting the brightness of the photo and a tripod socket
Instax mini 90: Pros
- Works on rechargeable battery
- Lighter than Mini 8 and its predecessors
- Has a decent leather feel to it and, unlike Mini 8, this camera doesn’t look toyish
- Allows to shoot very close range objects
- Loaded with much more features
- Has automatic retractable lens
Instax mini 90: Cons
- Much expensive than Mini 8
- Only available in two colors – black and brown
Instax Mini 8 vs Instax Mini 90 – Who wins?
Among these two stylish retro-styled cameras, the Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic is the clear winner. Of course, Mini 8 is much cheaper than its successor, but it just don’t stack up against the Mini 90 in terms of features, looks and other enhancements. However, if you want that serious hipster allure to your personality, then one of those candy-colored Mini 8 cameras is a quintessential accessory.