I recently got my hands on the INSTAX Mini 26 by Fujifilm. The specs are pretty standard for a Polaroid camera. It comes with a cartridge of 10 pictures and is available in colors like black, white, pink and blue. Me being a fan of all things blue (as my theme has already probably given away), I picked up the blue and white variant. The body of the camera is pretty sturdy and comes with the power button on the top. The best part about the camera is that it is pretty easy to use and has an old-world, hipster feel to it, which I’m guessing is kinda the point of owning a Polaroid camera in 2017. Its functionality is pretty basic and it has a cartridge slot in the back that you can use to change your cartridge every time you run out. Once inserted, you need to take a dummy picture to remove the cartridge cover and henceforth you should not open the cartridge slot until all your pictures are exhausted. The film is sensitive to light and gets destroyed if exposed. It uses 2 CR2 lithium batteries and the battery compartment is on the edge of the camera.
Now let’s move on to the actual operation of the camera. The red power button can be used to turn it on or off. The LED screen shows you how many pictures you have left in the cartridge. There is a light/dark button that allows you to make your pictures lighter or darker than what they usually are, and comes in handy during artsy photo shoots. The default mode of the camera is auto but, you can also change it to the low light or landscape mode to better fit your picture needs. The view finder helps you frame the picture and focus can be achieved by moving the camera itself. And yes, apart from these basic features it has a tiny selfie mirror for our selfie obsessed generation, which allows you to get an idea of what the picture will look like and makes taking selfies super simple. The button near the lens of the camera allows you to click pictures. Once clicked, the picture comes out of the slot on the top and is completely white. After about 90 seconds, the picture is developed completely and you should avoid touching it while it develops.
All in all, this camera is a beautiful piece of nostalgia that is not only fun but actually does what it claims to do. It’s perfect for trips or recording special moments and scrap booking. I would have liked for it to have AA batteries instead of the CR2 and more options like the mini 8, but it’s pretty good for its price. I rate it 4 out of 5 craft beer sipping hipsters.