This is my Fujifilm Instax 210, which I got over a year ago around my birthday. I’ve used this gal a lot and have gone through countless amounts of film. Luckily, film for her is very reasonable.
The Instax 210 is an instant film camera that (in my experience) creates vivid, clear wide format images in a matter of seconds. Of course, letting it process takes up to a minute, but that’s still great. It features a few controls, such as “lighten / normal / darken” modes, a .9 - 3mm option and 3mm to infinity option, and a flash button which I’ve personally had problems with (more on that below.)
Here’s my personal pro’s and con’s.
- Having dropped my Instax 210 a few times myself, I can say it’s pretty durable.
- Comes with a handy self portrait attachment with a mirror.
- You can attain the film at a very reasonable price on Amazon. I buy my film for about $.80 per exposure by buying packs of one hundred exposures at a time.
- The camera itself is very inexpensive, especially through Amazon.com.
- Comes with a neck strap and (obviously) two strap holders. When cameras this bulky only have a wrist strap, I find that very inconvenient.
- Great with batteries! I’ve used this camera a lot and it still has the same batteries in it that I’ve loaded one year ago when I bought it.
- Shows how many exposures you have remaining on the LCD screen.
- Bulky camera! This is a con for some, but I personally love the aesthetics of a big monster of a camera. For it’s size, it’s also very lightweight.
- Can replace the standard camera strap with just about any strap.
- Cameras and film readily available.
- Even though there is a button to turn off the flash, it has never worked in my experience. I know some other people have the same complaint, but I do not know if this is true of all Instax 210’s.
- No black and white film available.
- No tripod mount or timer, and no hotshoe either.
- Only kind of a con: if you buy film in bulk like me, it’s suggested to use it within a year. I have always used mine within a year so I don’t know if it’s that big of an issue, but I do refrigerate my film, as I have heard it does help with the life of the film.
- Unlike the Mini, no accessories available that I know of.
- Also unlike the mini, you only have two choices for camera and film: standard and Hello Kitty. (Both Hello Kitty items are quite a bit more expensive.)
- No cases available to my knowledge.
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