FujiFilm Instax Mini 40 Review

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In a picture crazed world where people literally use an image instead of thousand words, Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is the best device to have. It is one of the best device for capturing image and a fun tech to carry around. It’s an instant camera for capturing the perfect candids, on a vacation or a road trip, not really designed for professionals but for amateurs. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is fundamentally an upgrade version of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, which has been favourite for some time now.

Instax Mini 40 is the perfect choice for new and aspiring photographers as it is very handy and user friendly.

This is a stylish, fun and chic camera that can produce instant credit card-sized prints, it also offers a built-in selfie lens, auto shutter speed, and auto brightness adjustment. An interesting feature of Instax Mini 40 which has a built-in flash to help seize images even in low-light conditions, so every time you click a photo, on this high-quality INSTAX Mini instant film, it’s an image to remember. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is available now, priced $100. The Instax Mini film 40 costs $13.95 for 20 shots. Keep reading to find out more about its features.

Design

With a redesigned new case Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 comes with a vintage-inspired faux leather finish and silver trim which gives it a very seasoned look. This is what makes it a perfect combination of modern day features with classic design. The back of the camera has place for loading film instantly, for uninterrupted stream of pictures. It comes with a film counter next to the click button. The camera measures 104 mm × 121 mm × 65mm, and light to carry around as it weighs 330g.

Two AA batteries are used to power the camera, and these slide into a compartment on the right-hand side.  Disappointingly Instax Mini 40 doesn’t have a USB-rechargeable battery. For keeping the camera secure in your hands during your adventures, it comes with option to attach the wrist strap on either side.

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Lens

The camera comes with a retractable 60mm f/12.7 lens in these terms it matches Instax Mini 11. It’s activated by pressing the silver button on the lower right-hand side of the lens, which also doubles as on/off switch.

The lens has a focal length range of 0.3m to infinity, and a field of view equivalent to a 35mm lens. These features enable the Instax Mini 40 ideal for shooting everyday life. It has a wide berth to include several people into a shot.

Selfie mode

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 comes with classic looks but it’s also packed with “Selfie mode”, which is activated by pulling the front of the lens outward. It has a small mirror in the front of the lens that allows you to check your framing and your face before you click away.

Fujifilm recommends selfies should be taken with the camera distanced 30 to 50 centimetres away.

There’s no way to tell if you have the lens barrel extended from the rear of the camera, and it’s not advised for shooting landscapes. It can be used to experiment with depth of field, though, especially while shooting indoors, and can visibly improve the clarity and sharpness of selfies as compared to the default mode.

Flash

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is a fully automatic camera with auto flash, which works every click irrespective of lighting. Max flash range is 8.85 feet.

The flash takes a few seconds to recycle, but with a camera like this you can spare a few seconds before the next click.

The variable speed shutter auto adjusts the exposure, which ranges from 1/2 to 1/250 seconds, depending on the lighting conditions around the object.

Image quality

Image quality is delivered best when images are captured outside with bright light. But the auto flash feature makes it a good choice for indoor as well as night photography too.

Instax Mini film 40 gives you 10 shots per pack that typically will cost around $15 for a double pack, making it about 75 cents per picture. The problem with paying per frame is that you need every picture to be perfect and Instax 40 does deliver it.

Instax 40 excels at providing refined cameras and film over the years in order to produce consistent exposures with vibrant, aesthetically pleasing colours.

Posed or candid both types of photos can be beautifully captured with Fujifilm Instax Mini 40, but it is not really ideal for landscape or nature photography.

The Instax Mini 40 makes use of portrait contact sheets measuring 62 by 46 millimetres and takes approximately ninety seconds to develop.

If are familiar with Instax camera, the Mini 40’s blend of dark shadows and pale bright hues will feel appealing. It does not really give you the pin point precision of a digital image but the soft edges blends the images together.

For optimum results, shoot away from sun as sensitive films find it difficult for exposure to sunny environment as well as shadows.

The fixed-focus lens and physical film works best with portraits.

While shooting in direct sunlight, be mindful of the light flaring, as the off-centre viewfinder can trick you of getting a well-composed shot, only to lose half the scene to overexposure. The auto flash adds an obvious difference to images clicked indoor.  Fuji’s older cameras also had, a 20% attrition rate (or higher).

Our Verdict

Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 has a lot of likable features. Even though it lacks some of the advanced controls found in other Instax models, it’s absolutely easy to handle and has a more mature and refined look than the Instax Mini 11.

Those retro style points may increase the costs for the Instax Mini 40 retailing at around $20 more than the identical-in-specs Mini 11version, but overall its worth the price.

Significant is the fact that it produces smart Instax prints with generally accurate exposures and eye-appealing colors. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 will hold the interest of a wide variety of people, mostly because it’s an instant camera that gives good images even if you are not a professional. The Instax Mini 40 is much more adult like and attractive in design than the toy like Instax Mini 11 model of Fujifilm. The model is easy to handle with minimal buttons and no complex shooting modes. The auto exposure system is a great help in clicking instant pictures. It’s definitely a good choice for instant pictures, the colours pop, with decent details with a finished product is in your hands in 90 seconds.  It’s sure to give you a joyful experience.

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Image Courtesy: Instax

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