In August 2009, Fujifilm released a new edition of the Instax 200, the Instax 210. A great instant camera.
The Fuji Instax 210 is a “Polaroid type” instant camera. You can see some of its technical details at this Lomography microsite.
The camera doesn’t differ from its predecessor, the Fuji Instax 200, in almost anything, except the color (this model is black and the former blue). Technically, they are the same.
For me it’s one of the most fun photographic “toys” I’ve gotten my hands on lately. It’s very simple to use, although its HUUUUGGEEEE size never goes unnoticed… it’s a camera that shocks by its dimensions, despite that its weight is quite reasonable and as such can be comfortable to carry around.
Let’s say its menu can be found on the left side of the camera, where a small round LED screen shows us the number of exposures left and lets us choose between LIGHTEN, NORMAL and DARKEN. So, if we want our photos to appear lighter, darker, or just normal, we select one thing or the other.
Moreover, in that same screen, we select the distance between two options: 0,9-2m or 3m-infinite, very easy!
On that same left side we find the Power button that lets us turn the camera on and off, next to the flash button, for me that is where one of the bigger flaws of this camera resides. The flash can be never turned off, let’s say, if the camera decides there is not enough light you can’t do anything other than covering it up to keep it from going off. You can force it to make it go off, but never the opposite.
Its film cartridges come in packs of 10 photos and are quite easy to find, and much cheaper than Polaroid in many places, I’ve even bought them at half the price. The back cover opens, we match the yellow line on the camera with the one on the film, we close it and.. ready to shoot!!! The shutter button is on the front of the camera, on the right side.
It also has an optional mode with a close up lens. It’s some sort of round piece that you put over the lens and lets you take photographs from a much shorter distance, about 40-45 cm.
A really fun camera to instantly immortalize moments, to have fun with friends, and that guarantees some great results!!!
(I have to apologize for the scans, I don’t understand why the same happens every time with Polaroid formats…)