Fujifilm's Instax mini50S Cheki is a Cute Polaroid AlternativeS

Now that we know Polaroid's reissued film is pricier than a three-course meal, it's time to look at alternatives. FujiFilm's been doing a fine line in instant cameras, and their upcoming Instax mini50S Cheki looks suitably teensy for pockets.

It uses Fujifilm's Instax Color Film, which is about $16 for 20 photos' worth. A small screen (measuring 2.4" x 1.8") lets you view photos on the dinky camera, which it itself measures 4.4" x 3.8" x 1.9". The focus is 0.6mm to 3m, and it can take close-ups up to 11.8".

Two CR-2 batteries are needed to power the mini50S Cheki, which has a self-timer mode and flash.

It looks like it's just a Japan-only release for now, but JapanTrends has put up a $220 US price-tag for export, when it goes on sale September 4th. [JapanTrends]