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Fuji Instax Mini 55i

One of Fuji Film's instant cameras.

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A New Twist For Instant Cameras

  • Jun 12, 2009
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When I first heard that Polaroid Corporation was gradually stopping the production of analog instant film, I was quite disappointed.  I always thought polaroids were so cool and fun to use!  With most digital cameras having the ability to look at photos instantaneously, instant photo cameras have in a way lost their use.  Still, I wanted to be able to have a camera that could give me the photo in hand instantly just for kicks.

After a little research, I found that Fuji Film introduced a line of instant cameras and film to the Japanese and other Asian markets.  It was sort of hard to find a place in the United States that knew or sold these types of cameras.  This is where Lomography came in.  They got together with Fuji and began selling an awesome line of instant cameras and film.

In my opinion, out of Fuji's line of instant cameras, the Instax Mini 55i is definitely my favorite.  Some of the features it has are:
  • Intelligent flash
  • LCD panel showing film counter, landscape & fill-in flash mode, light/dark control & self-timer mode
  • High quality Fujinon lens
  • Self-timer mode to take 2 consecutive images
  • Uses Instax Mini film – credit card size

Some downsides are that while buying it at the convenience of the Lomo shop, it's still somewhat expensive.  It's about $200 and that doesn't include the price of the film, which is $15 for a single pack (a single pack = 10 pictures).  However, I did manage to buy mine on eBay.  I think I paid about $230, but it included the camera, 10 packs of film, and shipping costs.  My suggestion is to go on eBay first and just look around before heading to the Lomo's site and buying it there.  A lot of the sellers combine packages of the camera and film so you usually get a good deal.

Whenever I bust it out at parties or something, everyone goes crazy for it.  With everyone using digital cameras, having an instant camera is definitely something different.  My friends and I like to take pictures with cute random strangers and we'll write our numbers on it and give it to them.  It's a great icebreaker and definitely fun to use.


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June 13, 2009
Whoa, what a neat little camera!  How much time does it take for the image to appear on the little card?  The old school Poloroid OneStep cameras took a while :P

Those photos that you posted are super cute and make me want to pick one of the bad boys up!
June 14, 2009
I haven't actually timed how long it takes to have it develop, but I think I read somewhere that it takes about 3 minutes? You should definite et one though. It's so fun to play with! :)
 
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Features

  • Intelligent flash
  • LCD panel showing film counter, landscape & fill-in flash mode, light/dark control & self-timer mode
  • High quality Fujinon lens
  • Self-timer mode to take 2 consecutive images
  • Uses Instax Mini film – creditcard size

Full Specification

  • Film: Fujifilm Instant Color Film "instax mini"
  • Picture size: 62mm x 46mm
  • Lens: Move in/out type Fujinon Lens, 2 components, 2 elements, f=60mm, 1:12.7
  • Focusing: Motor-driven 2-range switching: 0.6 - 3m / 3m - ∞
  • Close-up lens for focusing from 35cm
  • Shooting range: 0.6m - ∞, Landscape Mode (3m - ∞)
  • Viewfinder: Real image finder, 0,37 with target spot
  • Shutter Release: Programmed electronic shutter release, 1/3 - 1/400 sec. shutter speeds, 2 shutter release buttons (vertical shooting/ horizontal shooting)
  • Exposure control: Automatic, Interlocking range (ISO 800): LV5.0 - LV15.5, Exposure compensation (Lighten-Darken Control): ±2/3EV
  • Film Feeding Out: Automatic
  • Flash: Built-in, Automatic electronic flash, Auto mode (Intelligent Flash for Brighter Backgrounds), Fill-in Flash Mode, 0.2 - 5sec. recycle time (when new batteries are used), with flashcharging lamp (red), effective flash lamp range: 0.6 - 3 m
  • Self-timer: Electronically controlled, approx. 10 second delay, Continuous shooting mode, can be stopped mid-run
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD): Exposure counter (number of unexposed films), Landscape Mode, lighten-darken control, Fill-in Flash Mode, Self-timer Mode (1 frame / 2 frames continuous shooting)
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