IN­STANT SELF­IES

FU­JI­FILM in­stax mini 70

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - TEST - BryanChan

FU­JI­FILM’s in­stax se­ries has been around for a long time, and is of­ten the go-to choice for when you want in­stant print­outs. The lat­est cam­era in this se­ries is called the in­stax mini 70, which is a cam­era that’s tar­geted at the younger gen­er­a­tion of pho­tog­ra­phers.

Un­like the other mem­bers in the in­stax mini se­ries though, the mini 70 has got some­thing up its sleeves to stand out – a Selfie mode. Re­al­iz­ing that a large ma­jor­ity of in­di­vid­u­als in the world to­day love tak­ing pic­tures of them­selves, FU­JI­FILM has come up with a cam­era that has set­tings op­ti­mized for self-por­traits.

Like most in­stax mini cam­eras, the mini 70 has a re­tractable lens sys­tem. It has a fo­cal range of 60mm and can fo­cus as close 0.3m, which is use­ful for macro shots. At the front, you’ll find the shut­ter but­ton, a fram­ing mir­ror and the in­te­grated flash. Turn it around, and you’ll see a small mono­chrome dis­play, the viewfinder, as well as but­tons for power, mode switch­ing, timer, and selfie tak­ing.

In Selfie mode, the lens re­tracts slightly to give you a bet­ter an­gle of view. It also au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the ex­po­sure to en­sure ev­ery­thing is well-lit. To make snap­ping self­ies eas­ier, the shut­ter but­ton is placed at the front, and you can use the timer mode in con­junc­tion with the Selfie mode. As men­tioned, there’s also a fram­ing mir­ror at the front, mak­ing it easy to frame your shot.

When it comes to us­ing the mini 70, all you have to do is com­pose and press the shut­ter but­ton. You can also se­lect the Hi-Key mode if the pho­tos are a lit­tle to dark for your lik­ing. As with other in­stax mini cam­eras though, you’ll want to be care­ful when at­tempt­ing to go in close to your sub­ject. The viewfinder sys­tem does not show what the lens ‘sees’, so fram­ing can be­come tricky.

As for im­age qual­ity, col­ors are vi­brant and sharp­ness is re­spectable. When it comes to low-light en­vi­ron­ments though, you’ll want to find some­way to dif­fuse the flash, be­cause it tends to over­ex­pose sub­jects a lit­tle.

Over­all, the FU­JI­FILM in­stax mini 70 is fun and sim­ple to use. The ad­di­tional fea­tures are easy to fig­ure out, and the Selfie mode will likely ap­peal to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

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