Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300

Instax Wide format | ~55mm equiv. F14 lens | Auto exposure control with exposure compensation

What we like:

  • Affordable
  • Uses the largest Instax format
  • Easy to operate
  • Positive and negative exp. comp. modes
  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Motor-driven focus
  • Included close-up lens
  • Exposure compensation
  • Tripod socket

What we don't:

  • Large and bulky compared to its Instax Mini counterparts
  • Difficult to frame close-ups
  • No way to disengage flash
The Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is the brand's one and only offering that uses Instax Wide film: Instax Wide is the second largest instant format after Polaroid I-type. The Wide 300 doesn't have a ton of features, but it's very simple to use.
There's no two ways about it, cameras using this format are large and chunky and the Wide 300 is no exception: don't expect it to fit in small bag or purse. It is however quite comfortable to use thanks to a substantial grip. The shutter is located on top of the camera as opposed to the front of the camera body. It's made of plastic, but has solid build quality and is powered by four AA batteries which should provide power for about 100 shots (10 film packs).
The Wide 300 doesn't have a ton of features, but overall, is very simple to use
Special features are scant. The camera does ship with an attachable close-up lens, which can get you about 40cm / 15" away. The tripod socket on the body would be useful for group photos, though there is no self timer. There is a small LCD window on back that indicates the shots left and the flash mode.
The Wide 300 has automatic exposure controls with a variable speed shutter. The only manual override is to select either the Lighten or Darken mode which will bias the exposure by 2/3rd-stop. The camera has two motor-driven focus positions, one for 0.9 - 3 m (3 - 10 ft) and one for 3 m / 10 ft to infinity. The flash also has a max range of 3 m / 10 ft and can't be manually disengaged (though it tends to not fire in daylight).
The Instax Wide camera market is still young and offerings are limited to just a few models. Of those currently available, we feel the Wide 300 has the best balance of ease-of-use, build quality and price. But the sheer size means carrying it around is an undertaking - causal users would be better off with one of the many Instax Mini models. If you seek the largest photos Instax has to offer, the Wide 300 is a solid option.
Sample photoSample photoSample photoSample photoSample photo