Fujifilm Instant Camera + Instant Film

Last updated date: October 2, 2019

DWYM Score
7.9


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm Instant Camera + Instant Film placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Instant Cameras for a detailed review of all the top instant film cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
1,344 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Instax Mini film packs some of the least expensive instant film
- Trusted Reviews
It’s built to withstand the occasional drop, and it comes in four bright colors.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
This little camera is lightweight and compact. A great option for beginners. Pictures taken with this inexpensive mini cam turn out consistently well. Auto flash and auto exposure help to make picture taking a simple art.
- BestReviews
Accurate shooting mode indicator
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
New to the Mini 9 is a selfie mirror. It's a simple, tiny mirror next to the lens.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 18, 2017 | Full review
It comes with a rounded grip on the side that is comfortable to hold and helps you compose in both landscape and portrait orientation.
- Instant Camera Blog
August 14, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Have to account for lens parallax effect when framing shots
- Trusted Reviews
But its photos aren’t as sharp or saturated as those of our main pick, it doesn’t offer as much creative control, and its batteries last for only about 100 shots.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
You can't mount this model on tripod. No timer function
- BestReviews
Flash always fires. No true exposure compensation. Unsophisticated auto exposure. No macro mode.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
Anything closer or farther away will be blurry.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 18, 2017 | Full review
One of this biggest mistakes you can make at this point is getting too close to your subject. The camera’s minimum focus distance is 60cm, so any shot taken closer than that will end up blurry.
- Instant Camera Blog
August 14, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Photos in a flash! Your search is over. DNO gives you everything you need to take great photos and cherish them for a lifetime, including: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera in Ice Blue: Perfect instant print camera for anyone from photography beginners to nostalgic pros. START SNAPPING IN SECONDS – You’ll be the talk of the party and the center of attention with your new FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Camera. It’s simple to use, so anyone can easily achieve crystal clear, vibrant photos in no time. Plus, built-in flash and Fujinon 60mm f/12.7 lens are enclosed in a fun Ice Blue package that everyone will love using . Make sure to keep it as cute and perfect as the day you got it. ADORABLY DURABLE – With how much you love your Fujifilm Instax Mini, you should make sure to keep it as cute and perfect as the day you got it. Protect your Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 with our vegan leather case. It’s durable, lightweight, and lined with soft microfiber to keep your camera stylishly protected from bumps, dust, and drops. And with the adjustable strap, you’ll also be able to take your photography skills with you everywhere for endless picture-taking fun. . 2 Twin Packs of Fujifilm instax mini Instant Film (40 Sheets) 2 Twin Packs of Instant Film: Start shooting as soon as the moment strikes, with enough film for 40 Photos. ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS, INSTANTLY – Miss the days when you had to get your pictures developed? Staring at your photos on a screen doesn’t always cut it. we give you the camera and film to take the photos. Move over smartphone camera, it’s time to start taking pictures you’ll actually print Colorful Accessories Bundle Kit for Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 60 Sticker Frames: Make your photos even more fun by adorning them with colorful sticker designs. 10 Hanging Frames: Reusable, brightly colored frames look great hanging on any wall you choose. 10 Clips and String: Display the hanging frames for parties or personalized home décor in seconds!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Kodak Instant Print Camera
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Polaroid Mint Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Polaroid Snap Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 16
6. Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fujifilm Mini 70 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 17
10. Fujifilm Instant Camera + Instant Film
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Instant Film Cameras

Instant film cameras have made a comeback in recent years, as a new generation have discovered how fun they are. In a digital-driven world, consumers find it fun to have an instant print of whatever shot they’ve just captured.

These cameras are perfect for you if you enjoy the “instant gratification of a print,” says Jay Soriano, a portrait photographer based in Las Vegas.

“Overall, they’re fun and they’re great gifts,” Soriano says. “It can also be a fashion statement with the accessories.”

Today’s instant film cameras have come a long way from those sold in the mid- to late 1900s, packing features built for a tech-driven market.

As you start shopping for an instant film camera, it’s important to keep those more modern features in mind. You’ve probably gotten used to taking photos using a smartphone camera, which is a completely different experience than capturing a shot using a viewfinder. If you wear glasses, you’ll also need to pay attention to the size of the viewfinders. Some of them are so small, it can be tough to get your eye close enough to see the image.

You’re probably also used to taking selfies. There are cameras that build in selfie mirrors to make this easier, but it’s not like seeing your image on a smartphone screen. If you want to take group pictures, you’ll also need to look for an instant camera that has a tripod mount and timer. Without the timer, someone will always have to be near the camera to press the shutter button.

There’s a big difference in the type of camera a pro shooter needs compared to someone who just wants to have fun. Instant cameras build in automatic features, similar to what your smartphone has. Serious photography enthusiasts will want to be able to override these automatic features for manual control, but not all instant cameras have that capability.

Perhaps the most important factor, though, is the quality of the print you’ll receive. This can be subjective, but look for cameras with prints that are as true to life as possible. Instant cameras that both print pictures and allow a microSD card to save images digitally can be especially useful.

DYWM Fun Fact

Instant prints kicked off in 1948 with the release of the Polaroid Land Model 95 camera, invented by scientist Edwin Land. While on vacation, Land was inspired by his daughter, who asked why she couldn’t see the photo immediately. But long before Land came up with his idea, Samuel Shlafrock invented a camera that came with a portable darkroom. His invention never quite caught on, though, because it lacked the convenience of Land’s model. Instead of a built-in darkroom, Land’s creation used self-developing film.

The Instant Film Camera Buying Guide

  • Most of these newer instant cameras are built for ease of use. That means you’ll have a variety of settings options. If you’re creative, you’ll love the Polaroid Snap Instant Camera, which lets you switch up the type of photos you take with just the press of a button. It has a built-in mirror for taking selfies. There are also six different easy-to-use portrait settings. With the Kodak Instant Print Camera, there is a delay between pressing the trigger and capturing the shot, so it may not be the best camera for action shots.
  • The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera also has a variety of exposure options, including one called “Hi-Key,” which softens the image when you print it.
  • Print quality is something to consider, as well. With the Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera, you get wider shots than you typically see with an instant film camera, which means you can squeeze more into each picture. The color saturation and separation are also impressive on this model. The Kodak Instant Print Camera prints colorful, vibrant, 10-megapixel images. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera can be prone to black specks in overexposed areas of your image.
  • The film on the Kodak Instant Print Camera makes it stand out. You’ll get prints that resist smudges, water damage and tears. You can also print in black and white with this model.
  • Chances are, you won’t always be shooting in the same type of lighting. The right camera compensates for that, giving you just the amount of exposure you need for your current environment. With the Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera, you get separate settings for shooting in sunny or cloudy outdoor environments, as well as indoors. In bright sun, though, you may find your shots are overexposed. The Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera works best in indoor settings with plenty of light. If you routinely shoot in low-light conditions, you’ll want to steer toward the Kodak Instant Print Camera, which has a wider aperture specifically for those situations.
  • Instant film cameras have reemerged in a digital era, which means some consumers are going to want digital features, too. The Kodak Instant Print Camera both prints out a photo and saves a digital copy. You can then take the SD card and insert it into a card reader on your computer to upload it to all your favorite social media sites.
  • If you find you’re always behind the camera and never in any pictures, consider a camera with both a timer and tripod socket. You can just set your camera up, hop into the frame and say, “Cheese.” The Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera has a tripod socket, but someone will have to be behind the camera since there’s no timer.
  • Flash can be an issue with instant cameras. Some instant cameras automatically adjust to fit the current lighting needs. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera’s flash always goes off, which can be a problem if you prefer to take advantage of natural lighting.
  • Having rechargeable batteries can be very useful if you want to save money. The average rechargeable camera takes about 100 shots before needing to recharge again. The Kodak Instant Print Camera has a rechargeable battery. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera and Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera run on AA batteries.