If you’ve been doing some research on instant cameras, you’ll have probably seen both the Fuji Instax Mini 8 and the Polaroid PIC-300. They look kinda similar, so what’s the difference?
First of all, here’s what’s the same:
Fuji Instax Mini 8
|Lens||Fixed 0.6m - ∞||Fixed 0.6m - ∞|
|Shutter Speed||Fixed 1/60 sec||Fixed 1/60 sec|
|Flash||Constant Firing||Constant Firing|
|Picture Size (with border)||2.4″ x 1.8″||2.4″ x 1.8″|
|Shots per film||10||10|
|Batteries||4 x AA||2 x AA|
Apart from the physical styling they appear to be the same camera under the skin. The film is also interchangeable between them both – plenty of people successfully use the Fuji film in the Polaroid camera (as it’s cheaper).
There are actually 2 differences in the basic operation:
- The Polaroid PIC-300 is turned on by pulling the lens out, whereas the Fuji Mini 8 has a small button next to the lens which turns it on (by popping out the lens).
- The Polaroid’s exposure control is on the top of the camera, whereas the Fuji has a twist dial around the lens.
There is 1 feature of the Fuji Mini 8 which the Polaroid lacks – a 5th exposure setting called Hi-Key to make the pictures brighter.
The only other difference is that the Polaroid takes 4 x AA batteries and the Fuji Instax takes 2.
When comparing the Polaroid PIC-300 vs the Fuji Instax Mini 8 there is really only 1 main difference between the 2 which is the Hi-Key exposure option on the Fuji. They are functionally the same in every other way.
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