FUJIFILM Instax Wide 300 manual and review

FUJIFILM Instax Wide 300 manual and review
FUJIFILM Instax Wide 300 manual and review

An improved version of the Instax WIDE with a larger frame size. The camera is equipped with a tripod socket for studio photo shoots. It has an improved lens (f=95mm, 1:14) and the focus can be adjusted by turning the focus ring. The improved grip design makes the camera more comfortable to hold.The Instax Wide 300 has a frame size of 8 by 10 centimeters (the largest photo size in modern instant photography).

The 8 by 10 cm frame size is ideal for group and wedding photos, landscapes and architecture. The built-in auto flash delivers sharp, contrasty images in almost any lighting condition. There's also an adjustable fill flash for additional illumination of subjects in the photo.Fuji Instax Wide 300 has an exposure compensation function: the frame can be brightened or darkened as needed. Two shooting modes are available, with focal lengths from 1m to 3m and from 3m to infinity. The camera comes with a macro lens that allows you to take high-quality pictures at a distance of 30-50 cm from the subject.Among the pleasant innovations can be noted LCD-display, located on the back of the camera, which displays the current exposure settings and the number of remaining frames. The optical viewfinder, finalized by Fujifilm, now correctly displays the real position of the subject, unlike the previous model, where it was shifted to the left.

This camera is ideal for FUJIFILM Instax Wide 300:

amateur photographers who want to use it as a primary camera;

professionals who want to use it as an additional camera;

Wedding photography, as the images you take can be shared with your guests or pasted into a wish book.

The package includes: Instax 300 camera, user manual in Russian, 12 months warranty, macro lens, strap, four AA batteries and packaging.


I remember as a child dreaming about Polaroid. In my album, I had a picture of a Christmas tree that my father had given me. I loved the neat white frame around the photo with the inscription "Happy New Year!". Years later I remembered Polaroid and became interested in modern analogs. It turned out that film for old models is almost impossible to find, because it is not officially produced, and foreign craftsmen called Impossible Project make it only to order, and the price for it is high. That's how I found out about Fujifilm instant cameras. There are not so many models: Instax mini 8, 25, 50, 70, 90, Hello Kitty and Instax Wide 210 and 300. They differ in the size of printed photos: the mini is about the size of a business card, and the wide is twice as wide. The price for mini format film is higher than for wide, apparently due to the greater popularity of this format among young people. As for the design, they are all different: girly - 8, Hello Kitty, modern and bright - 50, 70, and classic design - mini 90, wide 210, 300.For myself, I decided that the size of photos is important to me, so the choice was small - only between Instax wide 210 and 300. At first glance, the 210 seemed outdated in terms of design, and it's also a bit heavier, but also cheaper than its improved counterpart. So I chose the 300. In the store, I was a little confused, because in the photos and in reality it looked different from what I expected - more bulky. When I took it in my hands, I was surprised how light it was (without batteries, of course) and comfortable to hold.

After opening the package at home, I decided to install the batteries and could not turn the camera on. It turned out that I had inserted the battery incorrectly, with the "butt" of the battery against the spring. Open the back cover and insert the film cassette. It is necessary to unpack the film before inserting the cassette to avoid backlighting (otherwise all frames will be overlighted or white). Turn on the camera and press the shutter release button. A black piece of plastic slides out, which should be discarded. The camera is now ready for use. One cassette contains 10 frames, cassettes are sold separately or in sets of two (which is a bit more favorable). Features of this model include buttons to force the flash on and adjust the brightness of the shot of your choice. The screen on the back displays the number of frames remaining. The camera comes with a shoulder strap and a macro lens for close up shots such as selfies. The macro lens has a mirror for checking the general layout of the frame (reflection of your face). Another advantage is the tripod socket, although not everyone has one. Unfortunately, there is no case in the kit, but I've had this camera for six months and it hasn't been scratched yet. In principle, the case can be ordered on AliExpress or another online store.

Conclusion: with this camera you will be the center of attention, tested. It can be a great gift, but it does not look feminine, but rather classic. Because of its size, not everyone will take it with them on a trip, especially in a photo bag. Film is expensive, but you're not going to shoot everything on it like you would on a phone. The photos won't be the same high quality as on a phone or digital camera because it's film. If you're considering a snapshot camera, be sure to compare the features of different models (for example, the mini 90 has a great double exposure feature).


Dear friend whom I have known for many years. I am sure many people know that film cameras are back in vogue and people are buying them up like hotcakes. I was not left out and dreamed of such a device for my birthday. The cost of the device was high. For an empty box it was necessary to pay 7500 rubles (if memory serves me correctly, now the price has increased), plus cartridges, which are quite expensive. So, let's begin. After buying Instax, I was over the moon. Everything around me ceased to exist. Except for it, my best assistant. At that moment, I had no idea that I would face a sea of grief because of it. The first pictures taken on my birthday were amazing! The clarity of the photos was great. You didn't have to wait until you had completely shot the film and wait a week for the photos to show up. To put it mildly, my cartridges were going away one by one. Every day I was taking multiple photos, which ended up costing me money. Sad moments fell upon me like a snowball. On another holiday, armed with a camera, my friends and I went for a walk that turned into a hysterical experience. All ten photos turned out to be black. In my defense, those were my best shots. There are only ten cartridges in one package. After such an incident, the camera immediately took its place on the shelf. I didn't want to use it again, so I wouldn't get upset again. It took me a year to get over this embarrassing situation. And oh, my goodness! My friend also realized that he had done something terrible and started working normally again! Now we are living soul to soul, continuing to explore new horizons and putting them on film!


When I started counting how old my camera was, I was amazed - seven! I just bought it yesterday and it's already that old. I first bought an Instax Mini instant print camera, loved it, and decided to buy the full-size version. I fancied a Polaroid, but the prices seemed cosmic, so I opted for the Instax again. I don't really know much about the differences between the two, and I still don't now.

Here are the specs FUJIFILM Instax Wide 300:

shutter speed: 1/64 - 1/200 sec;

focal length: 95mm;

maximum flash range: 3 meters;

printable image size on film: 62 x 99 mm;

photo card size: 86 x 108 mm; battery power;

photo developing time: 90 seconds.

Appearance: After the Mini version, the camera looks and feels like a brick. It's big, especially for my small hands, and heavy - it weighs 612 grams! The body is made of durable plastic. For seven years, five moves and storing it anywhere, nothing has happened to it. A small screen shows the number of spent frames, not total, but on the cartridge that is inserted in the camera. Never open the cartridge compartment, if it is there, all the film will be exposed. It came with a macro lens and a small mirror for selfies on it, I didn't use it and safely lost it when moving. It runs on four finger batteries. I was afraid to go broke on cartridges and batteries, but the battery consumption was minimal. The cartridge holds 10 photo cards. Packs are sold one or two cartridges at a time. They are in a tight package that does not allow light to pass through.


I adore instant photos. The manifestation of the image on them is a real magic! You could say that I am a collector of Instax series cameras. This Instax camera is the largest in my collection and the body of the camera is large and quite heavy. Despite its size, it fits in a bag the size of an A4 sheet of paper. The body is made of high quality thick plastic, which does not scratch. The viewfinder is a little offset, it should be taken into account when shooting. There is a small display. The camera is empty, the counter shows "10". Normally, Instax cameras display "0" when the cassette compartment is empty. However, there are models that display the number of shots spent rather than the number of shots remaining. A strap is included, but it's heavy and uncomfortable to wear the camera around your neck. The strap is easily attached to the camera body. Macro shooting is impossible without a special attachment on the camera lens. Also, the camera is not equipped with a mirror for self-portraits, so the manufacturer attached the mirror to an additional lens for macro photography. I like the camera lens, it looks like a toy lens, but almost like a serious machine. The camera runs on four finger batteries. I took 30 shots and the batteries didn't run out. The Intax mini has already taken over 50 shots and I haven't changed the batteries once. You can install rechargeable batteries of the appropriate format in the camera. The camera has a standard tripod socket.

The camera does not have a choice of modes such as landscape, macro, or self-portrait. There is only an auto mode. There are two small buttons on the back panel for setting the flash (fill-in) and brightening the photo. However, in my case, these buttons proved to be useless. The power button is a wheel that is usually used for zoom (zoom) in digital cameras. In the Fujifilm Instax Wide, this wheel serves as the power button. Since I use my digital camera more often, sometimes I accidentally zoom in on the Instax Wide, forgetting to change the setting. The focal length is adjusted using a special ring on the lens. Sometimes I forget to set the right value and shoot subjects that are too far away instead of the recommended 3-∞. Nevertheless, the results of such mistakes are not disastrous. This camera is easy to use, and even a child can handle it. The camera can be a great gift for a budding photographer. Instant photography is different from digital photography because you never know how the picture will turn out.

The Instax Wide model has a significant advantage over Instax Mini cameras. Wide is a wide-angle lens, which is also used in smartphones. This means that more subjects will fit in the photo than would be possible without a wide-angle lens. However, in the case of Instax Wide, the word "wide" only refers to the size of the photo (if you were horizontal, all the subjects would fit in a Mini-size photo). To demonstrate the size of a Wide photo, I'm posting a snapshot of a Mini photo. Special albums are sold for the photos, but they are hard to find (not in all stores).The top photo (waffle) is an attempt to photograph a waffle with a macro lens at close range. The waffle didn't fit in the frame. I can't take photos at close range with Instax cameras at all, all the time the subject doesn't fit in the frame. Although through the viewfinder I can see the whole subject. They say that birds are difficult to photograph. The subject of the review can take a picture of a bird that is not moving. Moving subjects are best not to photograph, you won't get anything. Sometimes the photos turn out as if they were taken with a photo filter. For example, the top photo of the Kremlin corridor in Nizhny Novgorod looks like it has been edited. Everything that reflects light looks like a white spot in the photo. The film has a very high light sensitivity. When the sun goes down, the photos are even more interesting. For example, the trolleybus in the bottom photo looks like it was photographed at night. In fact, it was still quite light outside. It's not clear why the blackout occurred. Both in fill flash mode and when I tried to brighten the frame, the photos turned out exactly the same, or even not at all. Unless you're willing to spend expensive frames on experimentation, don't even try low light photography. I love experimenting so much that I forget about material things. The pleasure of the process of shooting and the uncertainty of the result is more expensive than any money. Let the photo is too dark, but the sunset looks beautiful on it. And now about my mistake. These two shots are made from the windows of the Kremlin corridor from the same point. The upper one was made with a mistake, I shot with the setting 0,9-3 (that is, the object was at a distance of 90 cm minimum and 3 m maximum from me, it was much farther away). The photo is OK, but not all objects were in the frame. The main thing is to realize your mistake in time. Took the shot with the correct settings: 3-infinity. A little more objects were in the frame.

It's a great piece of equipment. This camera can be given as a gift to Polaroid lovers (even better, choose the latest Instax model, which prints Polaroid-style square photos. I don't have it yet, but I have purchased a photo printer from this series). The price of the camera seems overpriced and the specs leave a lot to be desired. Perhaps the price is set because of the large size of the pictures. But I like everything, and if I need a guaranteed great result, I prefer to use a digital camera.


In the early 90s, along with such products as Snickers, Hershey's Cola and other goods symbolizing the era of consumption, Polaroid instant print cameras appeared on the market. Their main advantage was that owners received small photos "here and now". The film would come out of the camera quite large and manifest itself right before your eyes, as if by magic. Of course, there was no magic involved - just chemistry in compact form. But it looked impressive.Then came digital cameras, such as digifilms and digital SLRs, as well as built-in cameras in phones. It would seem that Polaroid was forgotten. But no. They have been reborn in a new form - the Fujifilm Instax line of cameras. After all, all those gigabytes of digital photos are great, but sometimes there is a desire to experience reality. That's why these instant-print cameras, which give owners small-format cards, are still of interest, despite the high cost of the pictures.

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 - review and specifications. Instax Wide 300 is the largest camera in the Fujifilm Instax lineup. This is due to the fact that it takes the largest pictures among the instant cameras of this brand. The device is quite heavy and bulky: its weight is 612 g and its dimensions are 167x95x121 cm. Due to such dimensions, the camera will not fit into a jacket pocket. However, it has an advantage - the snapshot size is 88x108 mm and the image size is 62x99 mm. In comparison, the Instax Mini 11, which also takes rectangular photos, has an image size of 62x46 mm. Such large sizes of photos determine the size of the camera, as the cassette with photo paper has to be stored somewhere.

Here's the corrected text: The rest of the Instax Wide 300's specifications include: film (cassettes) used - Fujifilm Instax WIDE, available in two versions: color and black and white; lens - retractable, two-piece, two-element, f = 95 mm; viewfinder - real-image with circle-shaped sight; focusing - motorized, with switching between two modes: normal (0.9-3.0 m) and landscape (3 m - ∞); exposure control - automatic with the possibility of exposure correction in the range of ±2/3 EV, illumination range - ISO 800; flash - automatic built-in electronic with charging time 0.2-6 seconds, flash charge indicator - red LED, effective range of flash - 0.9-3 meters; shutter - automatic in the range of 1/64-1/200 seconds; LCD display - to display the number of remaining sheets of photo paper, the level of exposure compensation and fill flash mode; power - four AA batteries, 1.5 V, which, according to research Fujifilm, enough for 10 cassettes of photo paper.

The Instax Wide 300 has a black plastic body with silver inserts. It is sturdy, creak-free, and feels comfortable in the hand, even though it is large. The grip is well designed, except if you are left-handed. It is very comfortable to hold the camera, turning it on and off, and taking photos.There is an on/off switch on the shutter button. If you don't turn the camera off yourself, it will "sleep" after about five minutes, saving battery power. Focus mode is controlled by a large knurled ring on the lens. To make it work, insert the batteries into the compartment and turn the camera on. By default, the standard focus mode (0.9-3 meters) is always activated. If you turn the ring, the motor whirrs slightly and part of the lens retracts inside the camera. Turn the ring again and the lens will hide completely inside the body and then return to the standard mode. The lens automatically hides back when the camera is turned off. In standard focus mode, the Instax Wide 300 can also be used for macro photography. It comes with a special lens that attaches to the lens. It has a scope for easy object finding and a small mirror. The mirror is used to determine what falls into the frame when taking selfies. The lens must be removed before turning the camera off, otherwise the lens may fold inside the body.

The Instax Wide 300 has two mode buttons and a small LCD display on the rear panel. The display shows the number of sheets of paper remaining in the cassette and the active modes: Lighter, Darker and Fill Flash. The "L/D" button can be used to switch exposure modes: one press for "Brighter", a second press for "Darker", and a third press for Standard mode. No icons appear in the display when Standard mode is used. To enable "Fill Flash", press the lightning button and the flash will fire each time the shutter is pressed. There is a special hole on the photo paper cover to check if there is a cassette. Cassettes are labeled accordingly, allowing you to accurately determine if a cassette is installed in the camera, even when the camera is turned off. The Instax Wide 300 has a viewfinder on the left side of the camera that protrudes slightly from the body. In it you can see the image well, and in the center of the frame is a round "sight". Frame selection is convenient, but there is a nuance. In digital cameras, especially DSLRs, you can usually see what will be in the photo. Here the viewfinder and the lens are physically separated, so the actual photo captures the space a little to the right of the viewfinder. This should be taken into account when composing the shot so that the desired objects are fully visible. However, once you get used to working with the Instax Wide 300, this should not be a problem.

An interesting fact is that on the lower end of the camera there is a tripod mount connector. I don't fully understand why this element is necessary for such a camera, as the available shutter speed range practically excludes the possibility of getting a blurred photo when shooting handheld. Unless you make a huge effort. But perhaps there are situations when a tripod is necessary. In this case, there will be no problem - the connector is provided. You can use it as a professional camera. Instax Wide 300 application and photo shooting results. Let's test the camera. Instax Wide cassettes are suitable for this camera. They are available with color film and, for connoisseurs, black and white if you want to add a "vintage" effect. However, black and white paper cassettes are more expensive. These are interesting times to come. Monochrome has become, if not elitist, then aesthetic, and therefore more expensive. You need to insert the cassette into the camera. After inserting the cassette and batteries into the Instax Wide 300, turn the camera on and press the shutter button. The camera will remove the protective film hiding the sheets of photo paper. The frame counter will then display "10" and you can start creating.

My personal opinion, based on my testing experience, is that the Instax Wide 300 is best suited for shooting landscapes at focal lengths from 3 meters to infinity. In this case, it shows its best qualities. It copes especially well with bright and colorful subjects. The "Darker" mode makes photos noticeably darker, which can be useful in bright sunlight or on cloudy days, as well as indoors.However, do not expect the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 to replace your usual digital camera. Its purpose and principle of operation are completely different. It is more of an entertainment device, an interesting toy, which is suitable, for example, for parties. Children will love it and it's a great addition to your main digital camera, allowing you to take pictures here and now and then give them as memorable postcards or simply add Instax Wide photos to your album.

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