This Lego Instax Mini camera actually "takes" Lego photographs!

Lego Instax Mini
(Image credit: MScarletto07)

A brilliant design for a Lego Instax Mini camera, which actually "takes" Lego Instax Mini film "prints", is currently being showcased on the official Lego Ideas website.

The design features a white camera, which is very close to the actual dimensions of a real Instax Mini 11 (opens in new tab). It can be loaded with a Lego instant photograph, likewise very close to the proper dimensions of Instax Mini film (opens in new tab), and features a mechanism that ejects the photo – and even rotates the picture counter indicator as it does so.

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As you can see, while the frames of the instant prints are made of Lego, the actual images are real pictures. As such, these "photos" can be customized either with designs featuring Lego characters or with your own images.

The physical design of the camera is highly impressive – not just because of how faithful it is both in terms of accuracy and scale, but also thanks to it being capable of actually ejecting an image just like a real Instax camera (by turning the lens) rather than just being a pretty, static shell. 

For those unfamiliar with the Lego Ideas website, it's an official portal by the Lego Group where prospective Master Builders can submit ideas to the company. Operating a bit like a vote-based Kickstarter, fellow users are invited to support interesting designs by voting for them; if sufficient support is shown, the designs could be turned into actual retail products.

It may seem unlikely, but there are countless Lego products that started as fan submissions in this way, including sets based on The Beatles' Yellow SubmarineThe Big Bang Theory, Disney's WALL•E, Doctor Who and numerous NASA spacecraft sets.

"My idea is for Lego to make an official Instax instant camera with pictures. I conceived and built this Idea because I'm a photography fan at heart, and I've always loved Instant cameras," says designer MScarletto07.

"Also, I'm a sucker anything with a retro feel to them. There is something really cool about having a tangible photo after taking the picture. Lego has now expanded from bricks to Art and Fashion, I see Photography as a natural progression and expansion of the brand."

For more information and to vote for this design, visit its page on the Lego Ideas website (opens in new tab). And be sure to check out MScarletto07's other designs on Instagram (opens in new tab).

Read more: 

Instax Mini 11 review
(opens in new tab)The best instant cameras – from best instax to best Polaroid cameras (opens in new tab)
Best digital instant cameras: hybrid cameras and instant printers (opens in new tab)

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.