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Nov. 19th, 2009 | 09:34 pm

I got the Instax camera I was talking about earlier through the post today, which is quite impressive I think - the seller said she'd post it on Tuesday.

It is mini-er than the Polaroid 600 but also feels heavier, and is considerably noisier. This I expect is because it has a lens that goes ZWHEEEEEEEEEEP outwards when you turn it on, then ZWHEEEEEEEEaaaEEEEEEEEaaaaaEEEEEP when you choose between "0.6-3m" and "3m to infinity" focussing. It's not really a terribly sophisticated mechanism and to be honest I'm not sure why it's there at all - it's hardly as if anybody is going to be taking landscapes with this thing, is it? A fixed focus would save weight, size and battery life. It also has a simple exposure setting, which can be either "darken", "normal" or "lighten" - that is a bit more useful.

The little credit card sized pictures are definitely cute though. I should stock up on some overpriced film for it, though I dare say I won't be using it very often anyway. I think I will take it along to Christmas parties and hand out pictures to people for no particular reason apart from the novelty value, which I think is a good reason actually.
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