Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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A camera for instant gratification

Enter for your chance to win the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera

It’s fine to use your smartphone to take photos but, seriously, how many shots is enough? This year about 1.2 trillion pictures will be snapped with cell phones. The majority of these will be selfies, friends, family and pets as well as meals about to be consumed. Only a tiny percentage will ever be looked at again. Why? Because, as Bob Dylan might put it, “they’re blowin’ in the wind,” as quickly passing as a falling leaf, no sooner here than gone. Unless, that is, these images are liberated from their electronic coffins and printed on paper that can be passed around, admired, handed back and forth, shared in the absence of an electronic device and perhaps even left in some old drawer to be rediscovered to the delight of a future sock-sorter.

Those are a few reasons why Polaroid instant prints have never entirely disappeared. They have, though, morphed into other guises, the most popular being those offered by Fujifilm Instax cameras which uses film that produces credit-card sized photos (10.2 x 6.25 cm) in either colour or monochrome for about a buck a print.

The top seller is their Mini 8, a fixed focus point-and-shoot camera with the equivalent of a moderate wide-angle 35-mm lens. It focuses on everything from 0.6 metres to infinity. The 12-cm x 11.6-cm x 6.9-cm body weighs 590 grams, and comes in a variety of colours including black, blue, yellow, pink and white. It uses two AA batteries, is easy to use and gets good consumer reviews. Lomography and Polaroid offer more sophisticated cameras with a range of lens and features — and more professional-looking cases. The consensus is to begin with the Instax Mini 8 and then go on to something fancier if you find you’re using it for more than birthdays and the occasional graduation or wedding snap.

Available online at, and, and retail camera shops everywhere. Prices range from $80 to $100 so it’s worth shopping around. A three-pack of Fujifilm Instax Mini Film (60 shots) sells for around $55.


Win a Fujifilm Instax camera and 60 shots of film by entering the Gadget of the Month contest at here.

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


Showing 9 comments

  1. On August 2, 2017, Dr. Jennifer Caspers said:
    Ouuuuu! So very cool and just what I need to maintain those memories!
  2. On August 12, 2017, Clark A Lewis said:
    Kids would love this!
  3. On August 14, 2017, Kirollos Mikail said:
    Just what I need to give to my wife; she will absolutely love it! I love my wife, and this Instax Mini 8 Camera will make her love me even more;)
  4. On August 18, 2017, Amar Singh said:
    No more Kodak Moments it's going to be FUJI FUNN times
  5. On August 22, 2017, maude Leroux said:
    Oh, i would love that!
  6. On August 22, 2017, Michèle Ferron said:
    fantastic !!!!
  7. On August 27, 2017, Pippa said:
    If I was lucky enough to win this it will be very useful in the school in Kenya where I volunteer - fingers crossed!
  8. On August 29, 2017, Donna Fe Cangas said:
    I would love to use this one to capture anything that worth capturing. I hope I am lucky enough to win.
  9. On August 30, 2017, Elaine W said:
    Would love to have it before upcoming Family Wedding.

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