Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Review Camera 2020 Updated Review.
Despite living in a world where digital cameras are king, there’s still a demand for the tactile feel that a physical picture delivers. It’s one of the reasons that instant film has survived. In this article, we have made a well detailed review on the Fujifilm Intax Mini 70 camera.
About Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera
The Mini 70 is Fujifilm’s mid-range Instax Mini camera and is among the smallest, lightest instant cameras on the market. It debuted in 2015 and though it is somewhat light on standout features, it is very simple to use.
Offered in six colors, the Mini 70 is both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to hold. It’s made of plastic, but feels very well constructed. The camera is held in the vertical orientation which is convenient for portraits. The shutter is located on the front of the camera, which takes some getting used to. It is powered by two CR2 batteries which can be a bit hard to find, but should offer up to 400 shots (40 film packs).
Shooting modes include: Macro, Landscape, Selfie, Self timer and ‘High-key’ mode (more on that below). A small LCD window on the back displays the active mode, as well as the number of remaining shots. Most Fujifilm Instax cameras offer a small ‘selfie’ mirror next to the lens and the Mini 70 is no exception. It doesn’t ship with any additional creative accessories like some of its siblings.
Exposure is fully automatic: The camera uses its variable electronic shutter (1/2 sec – 1/400 sec) and flash (2.7m / 8.9ft max range) to try and dial in optimal settings. Image quality is pretty solid, the Mini 70 does a good job balancing the flash with ambient light when shooting portraits.
However, High-key mode offers the only manual exposure override – increasing it by 2/3rds-stop – and there is no way to reduce exposure. The camera also has three motor-driven focus positions, with one for normal shooting, one for Macro and Selfie modes and one for Landscape mode.
- Selfie mode.
- 0.3-meter focus in macro.
- Optical viewfinder.
- Awkward shutter placement.
- Fully automatic operation only.
- Uses smaller Instax film size.
- Film is pricey for volume shooters.
- CR2 batteries aren’t common.
- New sleek streamlined design
- Selfie mode with built in selfie mirror
- Improved picture quality, especially in dark scenes
- Tripod Socket
- 2 CR2 Batteries
|Lens||Fujinon 60mm f/12.7
2 components, 2 elements
|Viewfinder||0.37x real image finder with target spot|
|Film Type||Fujifilm instax mini type|
|Picture Size||Print: 2.1 x 3.4″ / 54 x 86 mm
Image: 1.8 x 2.4″ / 46 x 62 mm
|Focusing Range||Motor-driven three-range switching
Macro: 11.8-23.6″ / 30-60 cm
Normal: 2-9.8′ / 0.6-3 m
Landscape: 9.8′ / 3 m to infinity
|Shutter Speed||Programmed electronic shutter release
1/2 to 1/400 sec.
|Exposure Control||Automatic, interlocking range for ISO 800 film
Exposure compensation: +/- 2/3 EV
|Flash||Built-in; automatic electronic flash
Charging time: 0.2 to 7 seconds (using a new battery); flash charging indicator
Fill-in flash mode
|Effective Flash Range||1-8.9′ / 0.3-2.7 m|
|Self Timer||Electronically controlled 10 second delay
2 continuous photo self-timer mode can be stopped mid-run
Exposure counter (number of unexposed films), Shooting mode (Selfie, Macro, Landscape, Fill-in Flash, Hi-Key, Auto), Self-Timer Mode (1 frame/2 frames continuous shooting)
|Power Source||2x CR2/DL CR2 lithium batteries
Battery life: approximately 30x 10-packs of film per fresh set of batteries
|Dimensions||3.9 x 4.5 x 2.1″ / 99.2 x 113.7 x 53.2 mm (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||9.9 oz / 281 g (without batteries, strap, or film)|
Disposable CR2 Lithium Metal Batteries (Included)
Another feature worth mentioning is the two CR2 lithium metal battery requirement, because it provides the disadvantage of having to use disposable batteries. On the other hand, CR2 batteries are readily available in many local stores as well as for sale online.
When using the latest CR2 and DL CR2 batteries on the market, you’ll be able to take approximately ten film rolls’ worth of pictures without ever replacing a battery.
Real Image Viewfinder and Liquid Crystal Shutter
While it may seem like a disadvantage that the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 doesn’t include an LCD viewfinder, it’s a significant economic increase in quality. We say this because the type of screens that provide enough dots to present high quality images can be very expensive.
You’re only limited in that you have to keep your eye in front of the manual viewfinder (unless using the selfie mirror). However, it does provide a true to life representation of the viewing space at a magnification rate of 0.37 times. There’s also a target spot to help guide you in taking precise shots, by showing you where the center of the image is.
Mounting Options and Other Accessories
The Mini 70 is designed with a tripod mounting socket for taking more stable shots, especially at longer range, where focusing and motion stabilization would otherwise be nearly impossible. It’s capable of this without much more expensive and advanced technology built into it.
You can also use this to connect a selfie stick to your camera to take elevated shots and take advantage of the various shooting modes. There’s even an included strap that can be attached for carrying it around with you, featuring a film pack confirmation window to ensure that the film is installed properly before you begin capturing photos.
Why Choose the Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Camera
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 isn’t like your typical camera. It’s a unique take on a rather useful innovation that enables you to take convenient and simple photos without any hassle.
With simplicity and ease of use in mind, we think that Fujifilm did a fantastic job in the overall design and execution of this camera. Best of all, it’s priced affordably so it’s easy to justify, even if you’re on a slight budget.