IT COSTS DOUBLE WHAT THE FUJIFILM DOES, BUT IS IT WORTH THE EXTRA OUTLAY? $399, LEICA-STORE.COM.AU
The German-designed Sofort is boxier than the Fujifilm – delivering hard, square edges where the Fujifilm has curves. While the leather-effect trim and famous red logo are obvious draws, the Leica feels more functional.
With a built-in bulb, focus settings adjusted via a lens wheel, and an LCD window displaying shooting modes, the Sofort brings the essentials. Money-saving tip: it takes the same Instax film as the Fujifilm, though Leica markets its own brand.
The Leica is instantly responsive upon power-up, its retractable lens extending to full length. Squeeze the shutter-release button and you’re immediately greeted with a familiar whirr as the camera ejects your instant-film frame. Bingo!
A clean layout and minimal controls ensure intuitive operation. Images are composed via a tiny optical viewfinder. Shooting options for close-ups, selfies, sports and a self timer are selected via five rear-plate mode buttons. RATES If you’ve ever felt that instant cameras are a tad cheesy, this Leica will make you reconsider. SLATES The miniscule viewfinder is eye-straining, while the battery cover feels loose and flimsy.