Oooooooh I love my new toy......the Instax Mini 9 Camera. I never had a Polaroid camera back in the day but I've gone for it as Fujifilm have made the instant camera a bit more funky and cool. I was torn between this and the HP Sprocket Printer which you bluetooth upto your smart device and print photos from there but it was a lot more money and well I just fell in love with the look of the Instax.
The first thing my son said when we took the first picture was 'oh mum that's how they took photos in the old days'. Yeah cheers for that son.....not so old surely?? The excitement it still there as the picture comes out of the camera and wait for the photo to develop.
It's not the greatest quality photos as is expected from an instant camera or it may be me just not used to it yet, not had it that long so think I need to practice a bit more. The only drawback is that practicing means using the film and at approximately £13 for 20 shots you really have to use this camera wisely.
Such a shame because it's so addictive, there are so many accessories for it such as frames, albums, selfie lens's and cases. The camera itself also comes in groovy colours, mine is 'ice blue' which is a really nice light pastel blue colour. It's quite chunky but I quite like it as it has a retro look about it, just buy a bigger handbag to pop it in.....oh an excuse to buy new handbags, this just gets better.
The Mini 9 is so easy to use, you literally push a button to turn it on and the light settings are set automatically for you using a light meter on the front of the camera. The flash will fire every time but it seems to give good lighting but as I said I still have a little more experimenting to do. It features a high key setting where you can add more light to a situation if needed. There is also a selfie mirror on the front so you can just photograph yourself all the time if you like, the possibilities are endless really.
The camera comes with AA Batteries, a strap, a close up lens to use for macro shots and a pack of film for 10 shots. You can buy more film including a black and white film which I quite fancy a go at, I love black and white pics as they can be so dramatic. The photos are a small credit card size and I'm also thinking that they would be ideal as visual prompts for my son who has Autism. I thought we could take photos and then either pop them in a small album, mount onto keyring or even make fridge magnets with them.
I purchased this with some birthday money and I do really love it, I keep looking at it thinking ahhh it's so cute. So I will leave you with a link to Amazon (affiliated) so you can buy one too, go on you know you want to, it's all great fun. So what's the teapot rating this week?
It a four star but only because of the cost of the films, I wish they were cheaper because I'd be able to go photo mad with it so it's loses a star but apart from that, it's a great instant camera.
So by pure coincidence on this day in 1947 Edwin Land actually demonstrated the very first instant camera as he presented the Polaroid Camera at a meeting in New York with the Optical Society of America. (info supplied by Alexa when I greeted her with a Good Morning Greeting this morning.....how funny as I knew I was going to write about my Instax).
Thank you for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for my Verse for Thursday......until then - take care.
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.