Test de l'appareil Instax Mini 70 de Fufjifilm

Review: Instax Mini 70 (Fujifilm)



The Instax Mini 70 is a move upmarket compared to the Instax Mini 8, Fujifilm’s big hit. The Mini 70 is a little more expensive than the latter and is aimed at a more mature audience looking for a complete camera with more control over their images.

This target audience difference is obvious on the packaging: the packaging of the Instax Mini 70 shows young adults while laughing or sulking teenagers cover the box of the Instax Mini 8. The overall impression is much more sober, more premium.
Like the Instax Mini 8, the Instax Mini 70 is available in many colors and even in special editions, such as the Colette limited series launched at the end of 2016. Its two-color body makes it a pretty attractive camera and contributes to its successful design. Another advantage: the Mini 70 fits quite well in one hand and is a little more compact than the Mini 8. Not that it is a large camera, but the gain in space is always an important point.

The Instax Mini 70 is perfect to capture precious moments with the family.

The Instax Mini 70 is perfect to capture precious moments with the family.

Functions and settings

The Mini 70 has a digital display that shows the number of shots remaining and more importantly, allows you to make adjustments with the buttons on the back of the camera. The device has more functions and controls than the Instax Mini 8. With the Mini 8, your main concern is to adjust the ring to find the right exposure. The Fuji Instax Mini 70 gives you more flexibility.
Of all the buttons on the back of the device, the Mode button is the one you will use most often. It allows you to select one of the five shooting modes: Auto Mode (default on power-up), Macro, Landscape, Forced Flash, Hi Key.

All controls of the Instax Mini 70 are on the back of the device. From left to right: selfie mode, self-timer, shooting mode selection, and the On/Off switch located on the other side of the digital display.

All controls of the Instax Mini 70 are on the back of the device. From left to right: selfie mode, self-timer, shooting mode selection, and the On/Off switch located on the other side of the digital display.

Auto, Macro and Landscape modes

The first three modes allow you to play around with different focal length settings to find the appropriate sharpness in relation to the distance of your subject. The camera is reliable and will deliver sharp images over different distances, including close distances (50 cm and below), thanks to its macro mode.

Forced flash mode

The flash system on the Instax Mini 70 is much more powerful than the one on the Instax Mini 8. On the Mini 8, the flash fires almost systematically and therefore sometimes unexpectedly. This can be an issue. On the Mini 70, the exposure metering seems to be much better managed and the flash is only activated when needed. However, you can force it to trigger by pressing the Mode selection button on the back. We regret not being able to fully switch it off, especially with macro shots where you risk burning your image if the flash fires over a short distance shot. A dedicated flash button would actually be a nice addition, and perhaps more useful than the self-timer button, a function that could be activated via a dedicated mode.

With its Macro and Selfie modes, the Instax Mini 70 delivers crisp images over short distances.

With its Macro and Selfie modes, the Instax Mini 70 delivers crisp images over short distances.

Hi-Key mode

The last of the five modes is the Hi-Key mode. The Hi-Key effect aims at producing very clear, bright, almost white photos with outline sketches. This effect is mostly used in fashion photography. This mode is certainly not the most essential to your needs. For the most part, it is a “gadget function”. This mode will probably make you waste a few pictures when you try to achieve the desired result as it isn’t very easy to control.

The ideal partner for selfies and family portraits

Selfie mode

The selfie mode is activated with a dedicated button on the back. You can then hold the device at arm’s length and adjust your aim with the small mirror on the front. This is a very reliable way to frame your images. The Mini 70 is the ideal companion for your selfies if that’s your thing.

The small mirror near the lens helps you frame your selfie. It is quite reliable, but don't forget to press the Selfie mode button on the back beforehand.

The small mirror near the lens helps you frame your selfie. It is quite reliable, but don’t forget to press the Selfie mode button on the back beforehand.

A complete self-timer

Broadly speaking, the camera is well suited for family pictures since it has a self-timer system that will allow you to place the camera on a tripod and frame the entire family. Of course, you can also use the self-timer for other purposes. The self-timer is activated via a dedicated button on the back. You can set it to 2 or 10 seconds and even program the camera to take two pictures one after the other.

The Fujifilm's Instax film uses its charm with its characteristic color rendering.

The Fujifilm’s Instax film uses its charm with its characteristic color rendering.

Verdict

The Fuji Instax Mini 70 is a compact and powerful instant camera. It has all the essential functions and other assets that make it an excellent choice for instant portraits and family photos. The Instax Mini 70 is clearly positioned above the Instax Mini 8 in the Fujifilm range, as it corrects many of the points that could be improved on the Mini 8.

The differences between the two cameras are significant enough to justify the price difference. If the Instax Mini 8 is perfectly suited for a teenage audience, adults who want a compact and good looking device which has all the main functions as well as a handful of other useful options will find their happiness with the Instax Mini 70.

Advantages of the Instax Mini 70

  • A beautifully crafted, lightweight, compact and sturdy device
  • Good automatic exposure and flash management
  • A selfie mode that works perfectly

Disadvantages of the Instax Mini 70

  • Unable to force the flash to turn off
  • No double exposure function