Fujifilm Instax Mini Neo 90
THIS CLASSICALLY STYLED RANGE-TOPPER IS FUJIFILM’S COOLEST INSTANT CAMERA TO DATE
$199.95, FUJIFILM.COM.AU DESIGN
Ironically, the attractive retro styling of the Instax is more Leica-like than the latter’s own instant camera, and it’s marginally less wide, too. We prefer it. But otherwise, these cameras have obviously sprung from the same pod.
With no digital preview, the draw is in the distinctly analogue thrill of being provided with an instant print, witnessing it ‘develop’ before our eyes and not knowing what we’ve got until it appears. Happily, the prints are dry to the touch.
It’s fast, simple and responsive. Instead of an on/off button on the back (as on the Leica), there’s a chunky power switch above the lens. This leaves the top plate clear for the shutterrelease button, avoiding any misfires or mishaps.
A built-in flash and a shooting-mode monitor to the rear enable a degree of user control. The way the Fujifilm’s buttons are inset, flush with the backplate, means fingernail operation is required, making it slightly more fiddly than the Leica. RATES Want fuss-free instant film prints at a fair price? The Fujifilm delivers this, and looks great too. SLATES The build feels a little plasticky, while the viewfinder is smaller than we’d ideally like.