Fujifilm have been at the forefront of camera technology ever since they became the first Japanese producer of photographic films back in 1934. Their designs and innovations have always kept the company ahead of the competition and allowed them to segue effortlessly into the digital age. While many other camera companies either disappeared after the digital revolution or gave themselves over to it entirely, Fujifilm embraced the new age of technology while recognizing that there would always be a market for instant film cameras. They already have several older instant film cameras which have proven to be popular among enthusiasts, but the Instax Wide 300 model is one of their newer designs which helps make creative photography accessible to everyone.
The main selling point of the Instax Wide 300 is the fact that it produces high quality instant film images that are twice as wide as the standard width of instant film pictures. Usually, an instant film camera will produce prints with a 54mm wide image, but the images produced by the Instax Wide 300 are 108mm wide, but with just as much clarity and sharpness as the smaller pictures.
Camera Modes and Specifications
- Automatic extending 95mm f14 lens with two focus zones
- First focus zone from 0.9m to 3m
- Second focus zone from 3m to infinity
- Optical viewfinder 0.37x, with target spot and parallax adjustment
- Macro mode
- High performance flash
- Tripod socket
- Light and Dark controls
- LCD display
- Uses “Instax WIDE” ISO800 – Fujifilm Instant Color Film
- 86 x 108mm film size
- 62 x 99mm picture size
- Requires 4 x AA alkaline batteries (1.5V / LR6)
- Camera size: 167.8mm x 94.7mm x 120.9mm (not including protrusions)
- Camera weight: 612g (without batteries or accessories)
The Instax Wide 300’s Functions and Capabilities
With the extra width of the images produced, the large film of the Instax Wide 300 is ideal for taking photographs at parties and other such gatherings where multiple people will be photographed in one picture. The high quality of the images produced ensures that everybody’s facial expressions will be clearly shown even in large group photos. This is not the only purpose of the camera though, as a accompanying close-up lens also allows the user to take closer-up and more detailed photographs, especially ideal for that most modern of photographic trends: the selfie.
There is also a built-in automatic flash option which optimizes the available luminescence relative to the distance between the camera lens and the subject, and thus is perfect for low light shooting. The flash has an effective lamp range of up to 3m, plus you can also utilize backlighting to enhance the images you take via the Fill-in Flash button. The exposure-compensating Light/Dark controls ensure that the perfect lighting can be set prior to taking a photo, with the controls and settings visible via the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). The LCD also displays the Fill-in Flash option as well as the number of unexposed films remaining.
Overall, the main takeaway of this Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 instant film camera is that it is easy and fun to use. The wide images it produces also allow for the capture of many more kinds of photographs that wouldn’t otherwise be possible with an ordinary instant film camera.