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My partner bought me a Polaroid Snap in July and I can honestly say I've never been this disappointed with a gift. We took 20 pictures and they were all horrible, contrast, sharpness, everything about them was wrong. We returned it and bought instax mini 9 and it's amazing! So easy to use, picture quality is brilliant and has this particular vintage vibe I was after, I adore every single picture I've taken with it. Such a good buy! I wish my partner went for this one straight away instead of wasting time with Polaroid Snap. If you can't choose between those two - instax is definitely the better one!
A gorgeous little camera in bright lapis blue! I was expecting it to come with 10 shots of film, but I actually received 20 shots, spare rechargeable batteries and charger, a cleaning cloth, and a bag! I ordered on Friday and it was delivered Sunday morning. Couldn't have had a better experience!
Excited to gift this camera to my 9yr old for her birthday, everything about it is cute, however that is all that it is.
I was perhaps expecting polaroid quality from the 80’s, unfortunately the picture quality is not that great. Pictures come out dull, dark and occasionally grainy. My daughter is happy with it, but then she does not understand picture quality. The features are easy to use for little hands, however the settings do very little whether using, indoor / outdoor / sunny etc.
I am disappointed as this is not a cheap camera, the films are pricey also. The main thing I suppose right now is that my daughter is pleased.
I would not recommend this to parents, aunts or uncles or amazing family friends.
UPDATE October 2019!
My daughter brought this on holiday, I felt absolutely gutted. All pictures that were taken in the sun did not come up, she thought she had made a mistake and kept taking pictures and wasted at leat 6 films. Not a single picture came up, only feint outlines were shown, I guess it was just too sunny or there was a lot of glare. An expensive waste and and a disappointed child.
I stand by my original statement - not recommended.
This is a great camera and the instax look is great.
Sometimes your shot looks from the 1950s, others from the 80s and if your lucky straight off Instagram.
Ok some photos are a mass of white or dark but isn’t that part of the art when trying to get the shot. It’s all learning. Films aren’t cheap but there’s more chance of keeping one of these photographs than ever looking back on your phone.
This camera is owned by an 8 year old and she loves it. She took the pic in this review as well. It’s a piece of independence and you actually have a physical product for once amongst everything else that’s now digital. Just don’t be expecting iPhone X quality and just appreciate this for what it is.
Absolutely love my instax. Its so cute and easy to use and just really fun. Also love the fact I got 3 colour filters with my order, that was a nice bonus! Excited to use them in the future. In terms of photo quality I really love the photos I’ve taken so far. Was really handy watching a few instax tutorials before I got mine. Helped a lot with figuring out how to use the different light settings. Would recommend others do the same, so they get a good set of beginning photos :) Ultimately really happy with my purchase :D
Overall, great little camera, get some cracking photos with it, lots of fun. Some of the pictures don't ways come out fantastic depending on the lighting (especially when your outside) but still works fine, often photos just arn't as clear as the ones taken inside. Point and shoot, easy to use, great quirky gift, good value for money, Would buy again.
I'll lay the context down, then go through the pros and cons. I bought this as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend, the colour being a cyan/ baby blue, and she loved it! The colour matches a case I also bought for it and it's so friendly looking and great for taking pictures with family. The size is small enough to put inside a rucksack but too big for an average purse, this Is why I'd recommend getting a carrying case so you can have it at the ready for any photos you want to take!
Pros: - Portable due to reasonable small factors - Colour choices are wide enough to appeal to many people, and they are very aesthetically pleasing! - The instant photos are incredibly satisfying. I recommend putting the picture in the dark right away after taking them as it'll produce better results from the chemical processes. - The camera is pretty good at guessing the scenario and correct exposure, but it does have its flaws, like when taking pictures in snow and other harshly lit scenes. - The photos come out charmingly warm and friendly, great for memories. - The small convex mirror on the outside makes selfies really easy, and helps compose them knowing full well that everyone you want to be is hopefully in frame.
Cons: - The film is quite expensive so you don't feel as though you can use them all the time, which I guess makes it more special when you do but It'd be nicer if they were more reasonably priced. - Photos are incredibly retro looking aesthetically, and this is pleasing but if you're wanting a sharp and crisp image this isn't the way to go.
Overall, I'd undoubtedly recommend this as a gift, or for personal use. The instant photos are always a charm and great for family events and holidays.