I always swore I wouldn’t be that mom who said, “When I was a kid . . .” to her own kids all the time, but sure enough I’m explaining pay phones and cigarette lighters in the car to them. One of my favorite gone-by-the-wayside tech items from childhood is my old Polaroid camera, but now I can show my kids what that experience was like with the fun (and dare I say, adorable) Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 cameras.
The Instax Mini 8 uses classic technology to dispenses a 2.5 x 2 inch image out the top, but this is the sophisticated modern sister of your old childhood camera. One of my favorite features is the brightness adjustment dial, which automatically senses the lighting in your environment. The corresponding position on the dial lights up so you can turn it to that setting for a perfect picture, which is a huge help if you’re like me and still have no clue what the settings on your camera mean.
And the colors, aren’t they so fun? The body of the camera is smaller and lighter than previous versions of the Instax, which makes it easier to carry around with you at parties and weddings and baby showers.
Of course, as with cameras in the old days, you do have to pay for film. It will run you around $7-10 for a pack of 10 sheets, and should it be a gift for a lucky tween or teen, they come in all kinds of fun designs from polka dots to kawaii creatures to rainbows and sparkles. We never had that when I was a kid…