The light and handy Fujifilm Instax mini 25 is a new addition to my camera collection. This camera is easy to use and has a few new features compared to its predecessor. Keep reading for more details!
The Instax Mini 25 by Fujifilm (aka Cheki 25) — the updated and smaller version of the Instax 7S — is more automatic compared to its predecessor and has several new features, making it a great toy for the complete novice. The camera measures 11 × 12 × 5 cm and runs on two CR2 batteries which come with the camera but these are readily available at drugstores and supermarkets. The camera package includes a wrist strap and a detachable close up lens which produces excellent focus between 35 to 50 cm.
The camera is in an auto-exposure mode but for those who want more control, it can be done via the digital control screen where there is a light/dark exposure setting. The lighten and darken control enables the user to increase or decrease the shutter speed, therefore gives the ability to adjust the exposure. It is a new feature that is not available in the Instax 7S.
Other new features include the landscape mode that should be used when shooting from 2.5m to infinity, a lens that extends automatically (compared to the manual lens on the 7S), a second shutter button on the side for shooting horizontally, and a built in mirror by the lens making self portraits a breeze!
I confess, this camera is not as experimental as my Diana F+ with the Instant Back+ due to lesser control and lens option, but it is a great camera for quick instant shots that do not require a lot of thinking and chances are, you won’t waste any film as it is so easy to use. A great accessory for parties, meet ups and get togethers!