The Fuji Instax Mini 8 is Fuji's November 2012 upgrade to the Instax Mini 7s and takes its place as the economy, manual exposure-only Instax model. Similar to the Mini 7s, the Mini 8 uses Fuji's proprietary integral instant film format, Instax Mini. The Mini 8 is available in a wide array of colors and various color coordinated accessories are also available. from both Fuji and third parties. The camera is powered on by pressing a mechanical button which also extends the taking lens. The Mini 8 features a basic light meter with LED read-out atop the taking lens. LEDs light beside the manually controlled aperture settings in order to achieve accurate exposure. Despite confusing wording on packaging, the Mini 8 is NOT auto exposure. In fact, it is the only current Instax model that does not feature auto exposure. Aperture settings are indicated by symbols (indoors, overcast, slightly cloudy, sunny and Hi-Key). Hi-Key is a new setting that allows the photographer to deliberately overexpose an image. The built-in flash fires on all settings, there is no control present to turn it off. The frame counter is mechanical and no LCD displays are present. The Mini 8 is powered by 4 1.5 volt AA batteries.
In 2014, the Instax Mini 8 was outselling flagship digital camera models like the Fujifilm X-T1.
- Lens: Fujinon lens, f=60mm, 1:12.7, 2 components 2 elements
- Finder: Inverted Galilean finder, magnification 0.4, with target mark
- Focus: 0.6m ~ Infinity
- Shutter: Single speed mechanical shutter 1/60-sec
- Flash: Always fires, 0.2 - 6 second recycle time, range of 0.6 - 2.7m
- Power: Four LR6/AA-size 1.5V alkaline batteries, shooting capacity of approx 20 10 shot packs.
- Dimensions: 119.5 x 121.5 x 70.5mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: Weight: 320g (without batteries, strap, film)