I am a sucker for Polaroids and their more modern cousins the Instax. I am particularly drawn to the fat and cute incarnations of Fuji’s instant photo line — the 7 series.
However, I got the chance to own the new Instax 8 for a bargain on our recent trip to Bangkok, so I immediately jumped on the chance to upgrade.
Was it a good idea? Read on to find out more!
The New Hi-Key Feature
The new Hi-Key feature automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to current light conditions. However unlike Auto mode in compact digital cameras that cannot be overridden, Hi-Sense still allows you to manually change the light settings to your personal preference.
Lower Battery Requirements
Unlike the Instax 7 which requires the use of four AA alkaline or rechargeable batteries, the Instax 8 only needs 2 AA batteries to power it — better for your pocket and the environment!
More Compact Form Factor
The Instax 8 is smaller than the Instax 7 in all three dimensions — height, length, and width. It makes it easier for people with smaller hands to handle, as well as reduces its weight significantly.
Alongside the smaller form factor are revised controls, again making it easier to handle for people with small hands. It also reduces the possibility of the user accidentally changing the light settings when you take a picture, which sometimes happens with the control layout of the Instax 7.
The Instax 8 uses the same credit card-sized refills as the Instax 7, which means no ridiculous new set of accessories or peripherals to purchase for your new camera (I’m looking at you, Apple :|).
Long story short — yes, the upgrade was worth it. The new features plus the reduced size and battery consumption puts the Instax 8 way above the Instax 7. Grab yours today! 😀