7-20-15 Testing My New FujiFilm Instax 210 Instant Camera!

Instant Photo from my FujiFilm Instax 210 Camera. Uncorrected Scan.
Instant Photo from my FujiFilm Instax 210 Camera. Color and Backlight Corrected Scan.

Hey all,

A couple weeks ago I was able to test my brand new FujiFilm Instax 210 Instant Camera so I wanted to share those test photos with you. It was July 4th weekend up in historic Ridgfield, Connecticut and we saw that the local homeowners had dressed up their historic homes for the holiday! My instant photo scans are below (I only scanned them using my Epson Perfection V600 default settings so they were scanned just as they were – no correction):

My thoughts on the FujiFilm Instax 210 Instant Camera

While easy to use, I do have some reservations about the camera. Check out them out below:

  • The instax 210 is mostly an easy point and click, but a it’s pretty tricky to frame up your shot. I found it hard to know exactly where the edges of my picture would be.
  • The camera does not perform well in low light. I have a feeling the flash is pretty weak.
  • Although the photos came out best when my subject was in the bright sun, I still noticed the colors were dull!

Correcting Instax 210 Scans

Because the color in my photos looked so dull I decided to scan them using the “color restoration” and “backlight correction” settings in my Epson Perfection V600 scanner to see what happened. And guess what? It made the photos jump to life – the colors suddenly popped. Unforunately, you can’t get that effect right out of the camera. Instead, you’ll need to scan your instant photos to get the colors to pop like this. Compare these correction scans to the uncorrected sans above and you can see what I’m talking about:

The Verdict:

Before purchasing the FujiFilm Instax 210 Instant Camera I would highly suggest you look into another FujiFilm camera instead. It’s twice as expensive, but I think you might like it much better. It’s the FujiFilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera.

Either that, or check out an even cheaper option that I’ve been loving: The Polaroid Colorpack II !!

Rock!
Gabriel

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Posted July 20, 2015 by Gabriel in category "Gear", "Photography