The Fujifilm Instax collection is a collection of instant photograph cameras that are very exciting, specifically in a world where photography has turned entirely digital. It has been a long time since movies and reliance on analog products have already been erased and changed by electronically managed digital cameras in every cost bracket. Of program, detailing and precision have improved since the times of the Vivitar V3800N and Zenit 122K. But there will be something pleasantly wonderful in getting a crack from the completely electronic globe, to delve into what the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Traditional has to provide.
Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo: Price
Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo: Design and Build
The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is the flagship camera of the Instax series. As usual, the Instax Mini looks the most mature in the Instax family. The rest of the body gets a faux leather-like feel and is available in black and tan.
The plain, uncluttered outer shell of the camera, which succeeds in maintaining a retro look, is one really likeable factor about it. The broad 60mm mechanically-operated lens takes up most of the front. In the upper-right corner of the front face, the front end of the viewfinder, the flash bulb and the power swivel are conveniently mounted, while the lower right has a vertical ‘Instax Mini 90’ logo. In the top-left corner, the rear face holds the viewfinder eyepiece. The film cartridge is trapped within the camera by a spring release lever, and the battery chamber is housed on top of the cartridge flap.
There are two digital monochrome screens, positioned just above the five buttons that offer the camera digital controls. The screw positioning for mounting a tripod/camera stand is on the right, and the print output slot is on the left. There is a shutter button at the top of the camera, and a loop for the camera strap.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 is a compact camera, which doesn’t feel too bulky to hold and carry around. The top edge of the camera gets a smooth curve, which adds to its seamless, flowing design. The rectangular shape along with rounded edges contribute further in providing the Mini 90 with a minimalistic, simplified style. Build-wise, too, it feels reasonably sturdy. The film and battery flaps on the back, though, feel a little flimsy. The leather texture is distinctly plastic, and the top half of the dual-tone plastic body of the digital camera has a smoothened finish about it. Ergonomically, it is slightly difficult to use the Mini 90, if you have comparatively smaller palms. However, it will be not difficult, and the entire body grip on the camera is good. Adjusting the digital settings on it is really simple, and it does not take long to get a hang of it. Fujifilm offers designed the Instax Mini 90 keeping in mind a simple, hassle-free, and fun photographic experience, and that will be exactly what you obtain with it.
Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo: Features and Controls
The Instax Mini 90 is fitted with a manually controlled two-element lens with a 60 mm focal length and a 12.7 aperture. In contrast to equally priced digitally powered cameras with an average diameter opening of 6-10mm in normal daytime outdoor settings, the resulting diameter opening of 4.72mm of the lens is on the lower side. This results in low luminance images, i.e. darker, low brightness photographs. One challenge I have experienced is the misaligned viewfinder on the Instax Mini 90, which takes some getting used to, before you can actually get the shot you want. For regular photography, the shutter speed in the Instax Mini 90 varies between 1/8″ and 1/400″ while the aperture is set by the sensor at f/22.
However, the small viewfinder features an image target point for you to concentrate on, which increases the shooting experience somewhat. At the rear of the camera, there are two viewfinders denoting separate picture modes, battery status, and the amount of films left. The macro mode makes for better close-up shooting, but it is rather tedious to focus in this mode. A workaround to the native narrow lens is provided by the L/D press, which stands for Lighter/Darker.
You can compensate by selecting one of the D (darker), L (lighter) and L+ (much lighter) modes in very bright or low light settings. A timer can also be set and the flash can be managed. The light control settings help to select between choices for filling, red eye and no flash. The added support for a tripod stand makes the timer accessible, and by activating the timer, you can also appear in the birthday gang picture.
The Mode button gives way to five additional modes: Boy, Party, Landscape, Exposure to the Bulb, and Double Exposure. These can be picked by spinning the ring on the front face around the lens. While the first two modes allow faster shutter speeds to reliably catch fast-moving objects or spontaneous moments in parties, the landscape mode prioritizes both the speed and exposure of the shutter, thereby ensuring the best settings in an outdoor environment according to light conditions.
The prints, with strong color precision, are crisp. In order to shield it from moisture and incremental deterioration, Fujifilm has given the film an additional layer of protection. By applying sepia/monochrome tints to the prints, Fujifilm may have improved the retro feel of the camera. That’s not true, it’s a well-equipped polaroid camera that takes decent shots.
Fujifilm Instax mini 90 Neo: Conclusion
Despite poor image stabilization and a lack of manual controls, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic will take good images. That said, it brings in a nice difference from the normal digital cameras. In addition, the retro look and operational versatility allow for a very fresh birthday gift or even one for the festive season!