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Installing Batteries

Powering the Camera ON I OFF


Auto Focus (AF) (green) & Flash (red) Lamp Indicator

+ Use 2 x (CR123A) 3v lithium batteries.

Rear Viewfinder Eyepiece Back Cover

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Shutter Button

Back Cover Film Lock

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+ Tests show batteries will last through approx. 30 packs of Fujifilm lnstax Wide film.

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Film Counter

*All the batteries must be new and be the


same type and size.

Mode Display

*While traveling or when taking a lot of

Use Fujifilm Wide Instant Color Film "lnstax"only! (Camera cannot be used with any other film types).

Battery Cover

Attach the camera strap to both camera Strap Hooks as shown.

pictures, have a backup battery available in case of emergency.ln particular, overseas in some areas it may be difficult to obtain batteries. *Insert the batteries before you load the

Press down on the Battery Cover and move the cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it.

Install fresh batteries in the camera rnaking sure that battery polarity is observed as shown in the illustration.

Align the Battery Cover as shown and move the cover in the direction of the arrow to close.

film pack.

To power-on the camera, press the POWER Button. To power-off the camera, press the POWER Button again. *The lens will expand when the camera POWER Button is pressed, Make sure the

POWER Button

front of the camera and lens are clear of

Self-Timer Button

Flash Receiving Window -------' Auto Focus (AF) Sensor ------...J

obstructions before powering-on the

*Do not remove the film pack from its inner bag until immediately before loading it into the camera. *Finish shooting the loaded film pack as soon as possible after removing film from the

*While the flash is charging, the camera

and the camera will power-off to save

shutter will not activate. *It can take up to 30 seconds to


charge the flash when batteries are low and need replacing. Low battery power may also cause the camera



Taking Pictures +

Film cover (light-shielding

pack bag in direct sunlight.

* If no operation is performed for about 5 minutes, the lens will retract automatically

shutter to not activate.


*Do not remove the film pack from the film

The Flash Lamp Indicator will light (red) while the flash is charging, The Flash Lamp Indicator will turn-off when charging is complete.


c____ Fiash Mode Button

! Insert the Film Pack

Remove the lnstax Wide film pack from the film pack bag.

The camera lens will expand and the flash will start charging when the camera is powered-on.


The back of the film pack has two rectangular holes as shown. The front of the film pack has a film cover (light-shielding plate) (black). Do not press on the front film cover (light-shielding plate) of the film pack. *Alnstax Wide film pack contains 1 black film cover and 10 film sheets.



Short-Range Correction Frame Guide

w h e n the subject is illuminated by

*Wh en shooting through glass or

Open the back cover by pressing down the Back Cover Film Lock. *When a fi l m pack is properly loaded, yellow will be visible in t h e Film Pack Confirmation Window a n d t h e number o f exposures is displayed in t h e F i l m Counter.


The number of available exposures is only displayed when the camera is


powered on.

film pack bag.

Auto Focus Limitations

On rare occasions the SOOAF Auto Focus (AF) feature may not function correctly. In this case, please use the AF Lock feature to take a picture. Some situations where the AF feature may not work.

Rectangular holes

With the film pack positioned as shown, align the yellow line on the film pack with the yellow alignment mark inside the camera body. Insert the film pack straight into the camera body. * Make sure the camera batter ies are present

After the film pack is inserted, close the Back Cover making sure the Back Cover Case Lock is actuated. The film light-shielding cover plate (black) is discharged automatically from the camera Film Eject Slot when the Back Cover is closed. The film cover can be

before installing a film pack. Installing a film


pack when camera batteries are not installed

*lf the Back Cover is opened after a film pack

will cause the film counter to malfunction.

has been inserted, there is a possibility that the photosensitive film pack could be exposed by light entering the camera.

I Remove the Film Pack



After the Picture is Taken

For normal shooting, leave the Lighten-Darken Control set in the center position. (For further use of Lighten-Darken Control, refer to the "Technique" section of this guide).

could possibility expose the photosensitive

Hold camera firmly with both hands as shown in the figure and look through the Rear Viewfinder Eyepiece to compose a shot. When shooting in a vertical or horizontal position, make sure no objects obscure the flash, lens, or light-receiving Automatic Exposure

film sheets.

(AE) Sensor Window.

After the film cover plate is ejected, (1 0) is displayed in the film counter window indicating the number of exposures remaining. *After installing the film pack, do not open the Battery Cover. Opening the Battery Cover

*With the camera powered-off, the film *Do not block the Film Eject Slot with hands,

cover is ejected automatically and the Film

fingers or other objects.

Counter displays the number of film sheets

What you see in viewfinder field of view is different when framing subjects at distances greater than 1.2m (3.93ft.). When shooting subjects at distances between 0.6 � 1.2m (1.96 � 3,93ft.), frame the subject using the Short-Range Correction Frame Guide viewable in the Rear Viewfinder Eyepiece.

The camera focuses on objects that are visible in the Auto Focus (AF) Target Mark. Hold the camera steady and align the Auto Focus (AF) Target Mark on the subject you want the camera to focus on. (For further use of Lighten-Darken Control, please refer to the "Additional Camera Functions" section of this guide).

a v e r y bright light source (Sun). *Wh en t h e subject has low reAectivity (black hair, etc.). *Wh en shooting a mirror o r other highly reflective surface. *When shoot ing smoke or fire. *Wh en shooting through glass.

Half-press the Shutter Button to Auto Focus (AF) the camera. The AF Lamp will illuminate (Steady-green) to indicate AF is complete. *The AF Lamp will flash [green) when a subject is too close to the camera lens for the AF to function properly. Move away form the subject to focus the camera. * The AF function cannot focus on objects closer than 0.4m (1.31 ft.) to the camera lens. *T h e AF Lamp [green) is only active after Flash charging is complete and the Flash

remaining for 10 seconds and then turn off.

Lamp (red) has turned off .


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Additional Camera Functions


+Shooting Mode

+Self-Timer Function

+Photo Finish+ Pictures can be taken w hen film sheets are exposed at tempe r a t u r es between 10


(50F) and 35



For lower tempe r a t u r es, w a r m exposed fi l m sheets for 3 0 seconds i n a jacket pocket or other w a r m place immed iately ofter exposed film sheet is ejected f r om the

1. Fully depressing the ShutterButton beyond the AF half-press Shutter Button position causes the camera Flash to fire automatically and a picture will be taken. 2. When the Shutter Button is released, an exposed film sheet is ejected from the camera Film Eject Slot.

When sound from the film eject motor has stopped, remove the picture from the Film Eject Slot by grasping the picture by its top edge. * Remove the film sheet after each shot to prepare the Film Eject Slot for the next picture.

Do not touch, bend or scratch the picture you have just taken or uneven picture development may occur during the photo development process. Additionally, do not shake the film sheet during the photo development process.

camera. For beautiful pictures always remember: "Film sheet temperature during the first 30 seconds of film sheet development is important".

After 10 pictures have been taken (1 pack of film), "E" will be displayed on the Film counter and the camera shutter will not actuate.

Open the back cover and remove the empty film pack by placing a finger into the hole on the back of the pack film.

*Do not place exposed film sheets on

When the subject is out of the AF target mark in the middle of the screen, the AF will not focus on the subject. In this situation, the AF lock function can be used.

Align the AF target mark on the person first, then half-press the Shutter button to (AF lock) on the subject and confirm

While holding the half-pressed Shutter Button (AF lock), reframe the subjects in the viewfinder and fully depress the Shutter

the AF LED lights up (green).

button to take the picture.

hot sand, concrete or near a stove to

* Repeat the AF lock process as needed until

speed the development process.

you are ready to take the picture.

Press the self-timer button(�) to display the self-timer on the liquid crystal display unit. After the Shutter button is half-pressed to AF on wh•t is seen through the viewfinder, fully depress the Shutter button to start the self-timer.

7 seconds after the Self-Timer Lamp is activated, the Self-Timer Lamp indicator will blink for 3 seconds before the shutter is released. *After each shot, the Self-timer mode is automatically canceled. * If you would like to cancel the Self-Timer

*Avoid placing pictures in direct

during operation, power-off the camera using

*The pictures remaining number is displayed

sunlight until the film sheet

the POWER Button.

on the Film Counter Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).

development process is complete.

Each time the Flash Mode Button is pressed the camera shooting mode is changed and displayed on the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).

*Do not block the Film Eject Slot with hands, fingers or other objects.


Additional Camera Functions Cont.

+Adjust picture exposure in varying shooting conditions.

Red-eye Phenomenon


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"Always Flash" mode (no display)


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@ "Red-Eye Reduction" mode

I Use for normal shoting


When the subject is dark, the camera Flash provides a supplementary light source for proper exposures.

After fully depressing the Shutter Button, the camera flash will fire automatically three times and a picture will be taken during the fourth camera flash.

*The camera flash will fire even in bright locations. *The flash can only provide supplementary light at distances between (0.6- 3.2m) (1.96- 10.49ft).

Use for Red-Eye Reduction

*Do not move the camera or subject until the end of the fourth flash.

Red Eye is caused by the light from the retina of the subjects eye. The light

+To adjust the exposure of the finished photo, adjust the Lighten-Darken Control as shown in the table below.

traveling into the eye is reflected back at the same angle in which it hit the retina. In low light conditions, the eye responds by opening up its iris. By doing so, the iris appears larger, and more light can be let in.


Inversely, more light can be reflected back causing the subjects red eye to be prominent in the photograph. The camera "Red-Eye Reduction"'mode can reduce the red-eye phenomenon.


+Picture exposure is affected by the amount of ambient light illuminating the subject being photographed.

camera flash reflecting off the back of the

at the camera when a picture is taken




"Flash Disabled" Mode

Use if natural light is desired or to prevent reflections caused by the flash strobe. *When shooting in dark conditions, use a tripod to prevent camera shake. *When camera is powered-off, this mode is automatically reset.

Whitish (Pale) Dark (Dark)


Shading Control






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If the subject appears washed out, set the camera Lighten-Darken Control to the [DARKEN] position.

If the subject appears dark, set the Lighten-Darken Control to the [LIGHTEN] position,

When you shoot a subject against a reflective surface such as a window or mirror, position yourself at an angle to the subject to prevent the reflected light from entering the camera. Additionally, the camera Flash can be turned off.

When you shoot pictures of two or more people, make sure that they are positioned at an equal distance from the camera so that they get the same exposure.

Film & Print Care

+ Keep films in a cool and dry place. Do not leave films in a place where the temperature is extremely high (e.g., in a closed car) for many hours. +When you load a film pack, use all the films as soon as possible. +When taking pictures after placing the films in a place where the temperature is extremely high or low, place them under the normal temperature for a while before starting to take pictures. +Be sure to use the films within the expiration period. +It is recommended that undeveloped film and cameras containing film be carried as hand luggage when flying. If included in checked-in baggage, X-ray inspections may cause over-printing or other effects. + Avoiding strong light, keep the prints in a cool and dry place.


Fujifilm Instax 500AF User Manual English  

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