Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera

Last updated date: December 3, 2019

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8.2


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Overall Take

If you prefer wider images, the Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera is the camera to choose. Your prints will be closer to what older instant cameras printed out, unlike the small photos other instant cameras provide. It also comes with a built-in tripod socket so you can set your camera up to take steady shots. In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Instant Cameras for a detailed review of all the top instant film cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
7.7
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
538 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Wide 300 produces larger, wider prints at a lower price and runs on AA batteries
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
the Instax Wide 300 maintains good color saturation and separation, resulting in a much more immersive image.
- Tech Gear Lab
Uses large Instax Wide instant film. Includes close focus adapter. Creates charming physical prints.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
This camera won't slip into a purse or bag with ease, but it'll give you way bigger, wider shots that are closer in size to the classic square Polaroid pictures.
- USA Today
April 19, 2018 | Full review
The Instax 300 wide might look big and clumsy but it’s light, and the generous grip makes it easy to hold and use.
- Tech Radar
May 29, 2019 | Full review
Uses the largest Instax format. Positive and negative exposure compensation modes. Close-up lens included. Tripod socket.
- Skylum
What experts didn't like
The camera lacks a timer, you’ll have to leave someone in charge of pressing the shutter button.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 performed at or near the front of the field in most of our tests, lagging a bit only in image settings and film costs.
- Tech Gear Lab
Limited exposure control. Big. Can be expensive for high-volume shooters.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
The only drawback to the Wide 300 is that its viewfinder is way off in the corner, so framing shots takes a lot of practice.
- USA Today
April 19, 2018 | Full review
For a big camera, though, the Instax Wide 300 has a tiny viewfinder. It takes practice even to get your eye lined up with the eyepiece.
- Tech Radar
May 29, 2019 | Full review
Difficult to frame close-ups. No way to disable flash. Impractical, small viewfinder.
- Skylum

From The Manufacturer

The Fujifilm instax 300 Instant Film Camera is a compact, instant-film camera that you'll want to take everywhere. This camera's simple operation make it great for parties, art projects, and anywhere you'd like to take instant photos. The camera produces near-instant, vivid, high-quality prints. The camera brings back the fun of instant photos. Give prints away or trade with friends right on the spot. Fun, instant prints Included close-up attachment with self-portrait mirror; reduces minimum focus to approximately 15.0" Motorized film advance High-resolution retracting lens Exposure Compensation controls Built-in flash

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Kodak Instant Print Camera
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Polaroid Mint Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Polaroid Snap Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 16
6. Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fujifilm Mini 70 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 17
10. Fujifilm Instant Camera + Instant Film
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Instant Film Cameras

Instant film cameras have made a comeback in recent years, as a new generation have discovered how fun they are. In a digital-driven world, consumers find it fun to have an instant print of whatever shot they’ve just captured.

These cameras are perfect for you if you enjoy the “instant gratification of a print,” says Jay Soriano, a portrait photographer based in Las Vegas.

“Overall, they’re fun and they’re great gifts,” Soriano says. “It can also be a fashion statement with the accessories.”

Today’s instant film cameras have come a long way from those sold in the mid- to late 1900s, packing features built for a tech-driven market.

As you start shopping for an instant film camera, it’s important to keep those more modern features in mind. You’ve probably gotten used to taking photos using a smartphone camera, which is a completely different experience than capturing a shot using a viewfinder. If you wear glasses, you’ll also need to pay attention to the size of the viewfinders. Some of them are so small, it can be tough to get your eye close enough to see the image.

You’re probably also used to taking selfies. There are cameras that build in selfie mirrors to make this easier, but it’s not like seeing your image on a smartphone screen. If you want to take group pictures, you’ll also need to look for an instant camera that has a tripod mount and timer. Without the timer, someone will always have to be near the camera to press the shutter button.

There’s a big difference in the type of camera a pro shooter needs compared to someone who just wants to have fun. Instant cameras build in automatic features, similar to what your smartphone has. Serious photography enthusiasts will want to be able to override these automatic features for manual control, but not all instant cameras have that capability.

Perhaps the most important factor, though, is the quality of the print you’ll receive. This can be subjective, but look for cameras with prints that are as true to life as possible. Instant cameras that both print pictures and allow a microSD card to save images digitally can be especially useful.

DYWM Fun Fact

Instant prints kicked off in 1948 with the release of the Polaroid Land Model 95 camera, invented by scientist Edwin Land. While on vacation, Land was inspired by his daughter, who asked why she couldn’t see the photo immediately. But long before Land came up with his idea, Samuel Shlafrock invented a camera that came with a portable darkroom. His invention never quite caught on, though, because it lacked the convenience of Land’s model. Instead of a built-in darkroom, Land’s creation used self-developing film.

The Instant Film Camera Buying Guide

  • Most of these newer instant cameras are built for ease of use. That means you’ll have a variety of settings options. If you’re creative, you’ll love the Polaroid Snap Instant Camera, which lets you switch up the type of photos you take with just the press of a button. It has a built-in mirror for taking selfies. There are also six different easy-to-use portrait settings. With the Kodak Instant Print Camera, there is a delay between pressing the trigger and capturing the shot, so it may not be the best camera for action shots.
  • The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera also has a variety of exposure options, including one called “Hi-Key,” which softens the image when you print it.
  • Print quality is something to consider, as well. With the Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera, you get wider shots than you typically see with an instant film camera, which means you can squeeze more into each picture. The color saturation and separation are also impressive on this model. The Kodak Instant Print Camera prints colorful, vibrant, 10-megapixel images. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera can be prone to black specks in overexposed areas of your image.
  • The film on the Kodak Instant Print Camera makes it stand out. You’ll get prints that resist smudges, water damage and tears. You can also print in black and white with this model.
  • Chances are, you won’t always be shooting in the same type of lighting. The right camera compensates for that, giving you just the amount of exposure you need for your current environment. With the Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera, you get separate settings for shooting in sunny or cloudy outdoor environments, as well as indoors. In bright sun, though, you may find your shots are overexposed. The Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera works best in indoor settings with plenty of light. If you routinely shoot in low-light conditions, you’ll want to steer toward the Kodak Instant Print Camera, which has a wider aperture specifically for those situations.
  • Instant film cameras have reemerged in a digital era, which means some consumers are going to want digital features, too. The Kodak Instant Print Camera both prints out a photo and saves a digital copy. You can then take the SD card and insert it into a card reader on your computer to upload it to all your favorite social media sites.
  • If you find you’re always behind the camera and never in any pictures, consider a camera with both a timer and tripod socket. You can just set your camera up, hop into the frame and say, “Cheese.” The Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera has a tripod socket, but someone will have to be behind the camera since there’s no timer.
  • Flash can be an issue with instant cameras. Some instant cameras automatically adjust to fit the current lighting needs. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera’s flash always goes off, which can be a problem if you prefer to take advantage of natural lighting.
  • Having rechargeable batteries can be very useful if you want to save money. The average rechargeable camera takes about 100 shots before needing to recharge again. The Kodak Instant Print Camera has a rechargeable battery. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera and Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera run on AA batteries.