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Rank Product Name Score
1 First Place Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera with Accessories | Bundle of Soft Leather Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera with Accessories | Bundle of Soft Leather
By TUDAK
9.8
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2 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (Ice Blue), 3x Twin Pack Instant Film Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (Ice Blue), 3x Twin Pack Instant Film
By Fujifilm
9.6
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3 Instax Square SQ6 - Instant Film Camera - Blush Gold Instax Square SQ6 - Instant Film Camera - Blush Gold
By Fujifilm
9.3
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4 Best Value Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera , Full Color Prints On ZINK 2x3" Kodak PRINTOMATIC Digital Instant Print Camera , Full Color Prints On ZINK 2x3"
By Kodak
8.8
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5 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 ICE BLUE Camera + Fuji Instant Film (40 Sheets) Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 ICE BLUE Camera + Fuji Instant Film (40 Sheets)
By DEALS NUMBER ONE
8.7
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6 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 - Ice Blue Instant Camera, Fujifilm Instax Mini Airmail Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 - Ice Blue Instant Camera, Fujifilm Instax Mini Airmail
By Ritz Camera
8.3
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7 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE + INSTAX Film (40 Sheets) Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE + INSTAX Film (40 Sheets)
By Fuji
8.0
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8 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE with Custom Case + Fuji Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE with Custom Case + Fuji
By MiniMate
7.8
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9 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE + Fuji INSTAX Instant Film Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera ICE BLUE + Fuji INSTAX Instant Film
By Fujifilm
7.5
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10 Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera Cobalt BLUE + Fuji Instax Film Twin Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera Cobalt BLUE + Fuji Instax Film Twin
By Abesons
7.1
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Instant Film Shootout (Fujifilm Instax SQ6 & Mini 90, Leica Sofort, Mint InstantFlex TL70)

So I've got my Malibu I've got my pineapple juice and I've got my leiyou can even hear some Hawaiian music in the background so you know what that means:Instant camera roundup, obviously.

So the first thing you've got here is the Leica Sofort.

Very pricey but very nicelooking camera I wanna see if that's worth the money now for Fuji we didbring their basically highest-end Instax camera this is the Neo 90 it's got somenice controls certainly has a nice look to it: more of a vintage styling nowI've also got the brand new Instax SQ6 now this is fully analog unlike theirSQ10, which is digital, this is a square format camera but a nice newdesign we're gonna play with that: that's brand new.

And last but not least, to roundit out we've got the TL70 from Mint part of their Instant Flex series thisis actually a twin lens reflex camera and has exposure and manual control sothat's going to be a lot of fun[Jordan] I've got a special Sex on the Beach recipe which I, er, stole from the Internet: Pinterest[Chris] Big smile![Party guest] Well I definitely like how the pictures turned out[Chris - indecipherable]The [BEEP!]?Are we serious right now? [Laughing][Chris] Look at that! [Laughter]We got our sippy cup lid on here because it fits perfectly I guess it'd be aminus green filter[Jordan - indecipherable][Hawaiian music]Okay so it's the next day clean up we had some fun last night you know butthere's some interesting takeaways I mean first off what I found interestingis that everybody really enjoyed using the instant film I mean there'ssomething about that process seeing the picture right away.

See how instant it is.

[Boy] Dad it's not instant at all: it's still white [Chris] What are you talking about? You've just gotta waitthat's what 'instant' means.

But it was good enough for me in my day, damn it! Andyou know I think what I want to do next is just show the four cameras and reallytalk about you know what are the differences between them you know whywould you choose one over another what can they do that the others can't do souh let's clean up this mess and get to that okay so first up is the Fuji InstaxMini 90 and really what I love about the Mini 90 is its retro design, it's a nicelooking camera to carry around and it does have some nice upgradesI like the rechargeable battery you know just to save wasteI like the viewfinder up here at the top-left it's really easy to frame Iprefer that and you get some nice advanced features here the 'Party' modefor example is really handy if you want to get more light in, in a low lightsituation.

The 'kids' mode ups the shutter speeds it gives you a betterchance if you're not using flash outdoors to try to freeze subject matteryou can also add or decrease your exposure which is a lot of fun and byfar my favorite option: the double exposure mode we had a lot of fun withthat it's unpredictable and that could be expensive in the grand scheme ofthings but it's also a lot of fun, and with some forethought you can do some neatstuff with it.

Now for notable downsides on the Instax90: tripod thread on the side of the camera.

Look where they put the tripod hole on this[Laughter]I mean if you're gonna use this on the tripod you better like doing a lot ofvertical shots because that's where you get the control horizontal it only goesso far and you better make sure you got a ball-headand the other thing here it's a good lens I mean I'm impressed by thesharpness the exposures always been pretty accurate on these cameras but itis an F12.

7 lens and so that's really not a good light-gatheringlens what we found was in any sort of mid to low light situation if you're notusing the flash you're asking for trouble and by trouble I mean you'rewasting money so: a really nice capable camera we did have a lot of fun with thisAnd here's the Leica Sofort [Party guest] It's actually like pretty cool you knowlike, aesthetically?[Chris] It's a beautiful camera[Party guest] Yeah, I like the colour, I like the trim and everything[Chris] You know, it's a very handsome camera but effectively this is an Instax Fuji 90 in a differentouter shell so from a purely numbers game is this just basically a Fujifilm 90for more than twice the price? Yes, absolutely, it is: that's exactlywhat's happening here but at the same time we have to think that analog is tosome extent about design and when both these cameras on the table peoplenaturally gravitated towards the Leica it does have a beautiful design.

Besides,it's not the most expensive camera on the table so next up is the Mint TL70and I think the first thing that you're obviously going to notice is this is atwin-lens reflex: you're focusing through this lens but it's taking the picturethrough this one and that immediately gives you a real cool factor you've gotthe waist level finder with all the standard accoutrements there's a veryhard to pull out magnifier in there you've also got a speed shooting windowyou can go through here for quick action I mean it's fun stuff the screen on thisparticular version is the new bright screen is well we found it quite usablenow that also means that you're relying on a manual focus system now you canfocus right off the screen it works great and I guess my only complaintthere would be that it will intimidate some early users or beginners who justwant to get fun party photos especially as you start getting a few drinks in youbut for anybody creative that's the real pull of the TL70having the manual focus having full aperture control and on top of thatbeing a 5.

6 lens to give you the light-gathering that you're gonna needhaving an exposure control function here minus or plus it is a full stop darkeror brighter but still it does give you some flexibilityyou've even got right here a 'bulb' setting I do also want to mention thatanybody at the party who is familiar with manual cameras naturally gravitatedtowards this you know not just the look of it but just the creative control andhaving that flexibility and the images actually offered something very uniqueas well not just having the depth-of-field control with that big aperturerange but also noticing that it wider apertures the lens has a lot of vignettein which actually added character to it it has a different rendition of colourand you'd often get some interesting ring-shaped flare spots so this was abig hit visually you also have a nice exposure meter inside so it will helpyou out if your exposures within range they'll give you a green light for goand if it's not it will give you an orange indicator to say you're too light,you're too dark that's overall the camera looks like a really fun andpowerful creative tool.

But unfortunately that's where it kind of goes off therails so first off this camera is the most expensive out of the bunch and toits credit there are some very novel design features I mean they madebasically a full-functioning TLR but the build quality does have a very cheapkind of feel to it I mean you know the sides of the leatherette feel likethey're gonna start peeling off everything creaks and cricks and a lotof these dials and buttons are quite plasticky: the flash, for example, when itpops up it's a clever place but getting it to close again requires as you cansee quite a press in the right spot and there's a lot of other things where itjust kind of feels like it's not fully baked.

We had some more issues beyondthat although taking pictures of the red button down here work great the ejectbutton over here often doesn't eject the film.

I push the button and then I push this buttonand nothing happens and then I push it again, nothing happensand I push both, nothing happens [Party guest] So it's inconsistent?or it feels inconsistent?[Chris] Also if this viewfinder's you know closed in a little bit funny, or it's not quite openyou'll jam your film and just wreck it if it's a new pack of film so you knowthere was a lot of stuff here that just doesn't totally feel well-thought-out inthe aperture controls as well they give you this fun little 'bokeh' Easter Eggand that's what they call it because when you buy the camera you have no ideawhat you're gonna get can you do out-of-focus interesting bokeh likehearts or stars or diamonds it's kind of a crapshoot and we tested it here Ithink it's supposed to be hearts but it wasn't cut very well maybe it's notsitting properly in front of the lens but again it doesn't inspire confidencein this tool okay so after a huge rant though let me just make myself clear Imean where this is awesome is if you want to take instant photography into amore creative place and for that I think the price of admission would beworthwhile: you're paying for a unique shooting experience much like you wouldhave Leica rangefinder you know the money's not the issue anymore it's do Iget to do something unique and different in photography? And in this instant realmI would say yes you absolutely get to do that I just wish it wasn't so flaky.

Okaywell you can see there this thing has a terrible grip and I do want to talkabout that.

[Beep] Okay so now we've got the brand-new FujifilmSQ6 and of course this square body design is there because this is theirfirst analog square shooting camera now this camera, although it looks very basicand simplistic, to its credit actually has a lot of the fun features from theNeo 90 series you've got things like selfie mode macro capability doubleexposure you can go lighter and darker with your exposure and control yourflash as well so it was a very very fun camera to play with they did have alittle departure here going back to a disposable battery system but it's CR2sso they should promise long lasting battery lifenow the SQ6 has this interesting off on button at the top the only issue is thatmost people will naturally pick up the camera and start hitting that as ashutter and it doesn't work.

You've actually got the shutter down here onthe grip and this is my main gripe with the camera the grip is terrible it'sreally hard to hold on to this camera positively I feel like I'm gonna pushthat shutter button by accident and I'm sure it has happened quite a bit at theparty.

I wish that they had this off/on button click to on and then push down toactually fire the photos that would have made far more sense the other thing Ididn't like for me personally the viewfinder appears on the top right thatmeans your face is mashed and behind the camera I like it on the other Fujifilmcameras where it's off to the side on the left but those are minor gripeswe've got a nice flash up here at the top and they've actually included thesefun little color filters.

We played with them some of them come out a little bitdark but you know what they're a fun neat addition and you could certainlyhave some creative fun just sticking those on so last couple things I want tomention: parallax issue on the SQ6 is the worst and what I mean by that is if myviewfinder is up here but the lens is down here I'm not exactly seeing thesame frame at a distance that's not a big deal but up-close, doing macros, ifI frame here in the square my shots way off to the bottom-left this is a problemwith all the cameras that we've played with here tonight but by far this onehas the biggest part of that issue the other thing I want to mention is just afun thing this lens is a little bit larger physically so what we did is westuck a sippy cup lid on the end and we took some truly horrifying photographswhich we can see here so you're welcome for that so in finishing this up I knowsome of you might have had the time to think about it and say well hey Chrisyou dummy why don't you just turn the camera on its side like this becauseit's square and then you can have the viewfinder where you like it youprima donna but then the problem is that the label at the bottom of the squarephoto is now on the side and it's gonna look stupid on my fridge.

Ha! So I thinktheir big take away after playing with these instant cameras of the party wasthat they're just a lot of fun I mean that's the key thing everybody had agood time and it's great to see people getting excited about photography againand I guess the only thing I want to say is the cynic and me kind of things thatit's fun but it's only fun for a short time and the novelty kind of wears offbecause after you get those pictures and then you know you want to maybe look atthem again or post them on Instagram or share themwith other people that weren't there well then you get into the obviousproblem of analog photography and that's where you might just wish I thought Icould just take those on my phone and share them with you right now that'd beso much more convenient but again your experience can be very different theonly other thing I want to get across is that although it was a very funexperience it's also kind of an expensive experience, no doubt.

I mean onthat one night we must have burned through a $150 Canadianworth of film and that's gonna add up every time you have a gettogether alright so the last thing I want to mention I know we only playedwith four cameras here we just tried to choose a cross-section in the smallerformats but Dan Bracaglia at DPReview.

com is working on an awesome articleit'll be up shortly and it's gonna be a rundown of a lot of the instant camerasout there on the market it's gonna give you a ton of information so don't missthat.

The other thing I want to say is if you really did enjoy this video let usknow and then maybe we'll do the larger formats that could be a reallyinteresting thing to talk about as well don't forget check us out on Instagramgo to our Twitter accounts let us know comments below what do you think aboutinstant analogue photography and where it's going to go in the future?Maybe share some of your experiences with it we would love to hear thatotherwise we're gonna have a great new video coming out very soon until thensee you soon [Music].