Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s Instant Camera.

I got another Valentines surprise..  The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s!

I have a fascination with photos, especially instant cameras.

We used to have a real Polaroid camera (I say real because it came from the 60's), a talking Polaroid camera (when instant film made a comeback in the 90's), a mini Polaroid toy camera that produced thumb-sized photos (another hit during the 90's because of the neoprint fad that came from Japan), and just a few years back, I got a Polaroid printer which could print photos straight from my Lumix camera.

So when I saw the Fujifilm Instax Mini before, I wanted to buy it! But at that time, I was on the look out for a real camera to replace the one that was stolen from me (boo!).  So getting it wasn't a priority.  

Then yesterday, T surprised me with one! :)

What's In The Box?
  • Instax Mini 7s camera
  • Wrist strap
  • Manuals
  • 4x AA-size batteries

The Instax Mini is designed in such a way that it's easy to grip and to click the shutter button (blue button below).

Aperture can be adjusted based on shooting conditions through an adjustment dial found on top of the camera.

Instant Film

The Instax Mini doesn't come with film so T had to get it separately at P499/$11 per box.  I'm glad he chose the rainbow frames.  But I also want the Hello Kitty frames I saw online before. 

The camera's manual and the instructions on the box don't give clear instructions on how to insert the film inside the Instamax Mini camera.   Do I remove something from the black box?  Or do I just insert it as is?  Well, don't try to decipher it anymore.  It's really just simple.  

How To Insert Film into the Instax Mini Camera

1. Remove the foil package inside the box.
2. Open the back of the camera
3. Break the foil and get the black box of film.
4. Insert the black box of film inside the camera, aligning the yellow marker on your upper right.
5. Close the back of the camera.
6. Switch on the camera.
7. Take the first shot to remove the outer cover of the film.

How to Switch the Instax Mini Camera On

When I got the film in, I kept looking for the power button but couldn't find it.  

"How do you turn this thing on??"  

Apparently, you just had to pull the lens and the camera automatically turns on.  You push it back, and it turns off.  Simple.

How To Take Photos

Just choose the settings you want and then click the shutter button. So easy.

Even if I know I look like crap, I wanted to take a test shot.  As soon as T clicked the shutter button, a photo popped out.

Only a few seconds later, we saw our faces forming on that small photo sheet that came out.

Tada!  Instant photo!  

To give you an idea, the photos are just the size of a credit card.  But if you're looking for one that prints normal-sized photos, Fujifilm released cameras like that as well.  Polaroid has a line also.

Excited to take my Fujifilm Instax Mini out this weekend.  Have a great Saturday everyone! 


  1. I like toy cameras too. I was once into Lomography but I haven't been able to use my cameras since I gave birth LOL Enjoy your new toy!

  2. I love all your blogs :-)

  3. I've never had an instant camera, though I always wanted one when I was younger. I'll probably consider getting one :D

  4. Ooh, nice one mother!

    There was a time when I thought of getting one too--this or a lomo cam! Then I got tamad haha.

    Bring it when we tour Julia on April! ;)

    Lol on T's face ;p

  5. I love Instax too. Kaya lang medyo pricey talaga ang film kaya piling-pili ang kukunan(which can be a good thing, I guess.)

    Following you now through GFC. 'Hope you can follow back.


  6. I think I prefer the regular cameras. I mean at least you get to see a preview before having it printed di ba? Sayang sa sheets. Hehehe! =)

    But I admit, they're cute. Lalo na the Hello Kitty one. I saw some here in SG a few months back. =)


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