Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Review

Pros: 

A very cheap and easy to use instant camera. Takes Instax Wide format film which is double the size of regular Instax film. Pretty good image quality based on the price point. Perfect for events. Great fun to use.

Cons: 

Heavy compared to other instant cameras from Instax and bulky with lots of protrusions. Not the most stylish instant camera out there. Plastic/cheap looking. Viewfinder is a bit useless. Flash can cause problems with image quality when shooting indoors in a low light situation.

I’ve had a few people approach me recently asking what they think is the best wide angle instant camera. As such, I decided to give a review on it, which goes into a little more detail than I discussed in my top 10 run down, so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

About the Fuji Instax Wide 300

The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 was launched in Spring of 2015, much to the delight of many who thought that the Instax Wide 210 didn’t quite cut it (they were quite right in thinking this). The Wide 300 has definitely made some major improvements but there is certainly a lot left to be desired for. It does look much sleeker than the 210 but features still has these incredibly awkward protrusions which are super annoying. Fuji really need to concentrate on making a sleeker looking wide angle instant camera and I will be all ears!

Specifications

I took the following specifications from the Fujifilm website

  • Film: Fujifilm “Instax WIDE” film – Check here for prices
  • Film Size: 86 x 108mm (Double the regular Instax film size)
  • Picture Size: 62 x 99mm
  • Lens: Retractable 2 component lens, f=99mm, 1:14
  • Viewfinder: Real image viewfinder 0.37x with target spot
  • Shutter Speed: 1/64 sec – 1/200 sec
  • Flash: Automatic electronic
  • Batteries: Four AA 1.5V alkaline batteries – lasts approximately 10 film packs (Or 100 shots)
  • Dimensions: 167.8mm x 94.7mm x 120.9mm (without protusions)
  • Weight: 612g (without batteries, strap and film pack)

  

Advantages of the Instax Wide Camera

There are many advantages to this camera. For starters, it’s a wide angle instant camera! For me, this is a huge benefit, especially if you’re used to shooting the old Polaroid film and find the images a little small on the other Instax products. It is also fairly cheap at the moment, it looks like the prices have dropped recently as when I was looking at these a few months ago, they were definitely over $100. You can check out the latest prices here. The camera is also easy to use, it has decent focusing capabilities and the film is easy to load. It’s perfect for functions and events, particularly weddings and is way cheaper than getting a photo booth for your big day. The image quality is about average for instant photography and Instax; it gives off that vintage, Lo-Fi Instagram filter type look.

Disadvantages of the Instax Wide 300

As always, the cost of the film is a bit of a bummer. But when you’re paying less than $100 for a camera, the cost of the film is justified in my opinion. In low light situations the flash can cause the highlights to blowout a little, particularly if you’re indoors. But I found this camera shot well outside on cloudy days and the effect of the instant film added some depth to my images. The build quality is okayyyy, it does have that plasticky look going for it, but what do you expect, it’s cheap and it still looks better than the 210 which reminded me of the old disposable cameras you could pick up in the drug stores. My main pet peeve with it is the bulky protrusions, I don’t quite understand it and think it is something Instax need to change if they release a new version of this camera. I also think this camera is super heavy compared to it’s competitors; 600g+ without the film and batteries etc is pretty bulky; when everything is loaded up you’re talking close to 1kg. I find this off putting when I can get similar lighter weight cameras.

The Verdict: Should you buy the Instax Wide 300?

This camera definitely has a great price and the fun factor. Most people I have spoken to that purchased it are generally happy considering the cost and their expectations of instant photography. This has been the general consensus of reviewers on eCommerce sites too. As I said, this camera is most definitely a step in a positive direction on the wide angle front of instant photography, but, if you have a little more cash to splash I would look into potentially purchasing the Lomo’Instant Wide which is generating some pretty positive feedback recently.

Any questions about the Instax Wide 300? Feel free to ask and I will help you out as best as possible.

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