Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera

Last updated date: July 7, 2020

DWYM Score
8.3

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera

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Overall Take

For those who plan to routinely shoot in a variety of lighting environments, the Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera is the perfect camera to have on hand. There are separate exposure settings to capture the best images when you're in sunny, cloudy or indoor lighting conditions. A "Hi-Key" exposure option lets you print a softened version of whatever image you've just grabbed. In our analysis of 134 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera placed 5th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Instant Camera for a detailed review of all the top instant cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
6,803 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
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
The Mini 9 does have a selfie mirror. We also recommend the Mini 9 as a solid choice for an inexpensive instant camera for kids: It’s built to withstand the occasional drop, and it comes in four bright colors
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Auto exposure takes a lot of hassle out of composition
- Trusted Reviews
December 19, 2018 | Full review
The LED light turns on for the suitable setting, and all you need to do is make sure that the dial's notch is lined up with that scene for optimal output. The "Hi-Key" option gives you photos with a softer impression once printed.
- iMore
March 7, 2019 | Full review
Its build is lightweight for easy portability, but it also doesn't feel flimsy. Its viewfinder, on the back of the camera, is simple to use; its film exposure counter, also on the back, helps you keep track of how many shots you have left.
- The Spruce
May 15, 2019 | Full review
It has a built-in flash, which always fires when you take a photo, and is powered by two AA batteries.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 18, 2017 | Full review
New to the Mini 9 are a tiny but surprisingly effective selfie mirror by the lens and the inclusion of a clip-on lens accessory for close-ups.
- Camera Labs
August 14, 2017 | Full review
The close-up lens is much easier to use in tandem with the front-facing selfie mirror.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
The camera has a number of different exposure modes, which can be selected by turning the dial around the lens. There is a light sensor on the front of the camera that will decide which setting would be best for a given situation.
- Tech Gear Lab
June 4, 2019 | Full review
With the Instax Mini 9, they’ve tweaked the design, added some great new colors, and improved on what little shortcomings the old version had.
- Nerd Tech
March 31, 2017 | Full review
Robust, lightweight and portable design
- Good Housekeeping
July 13, 2017 | Full review
The settings for shooting in sunny, cloudy, and indoor environments are simple to figure out at a glance, with symbols like a sun, cloud, and house easily transcending language.
- The Verge
August 10, 2018 | 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
You can adjust for your settings a bit using the light dial on the lens. That way, you can make sure you’re getting the best flash possible for your situation, whether you’re outside or in a dark room.
- Little Coffee Fox
October 3, 2018 | Full review
Selfie mirror to help you keep your shots in the frame.
- Best 7 Reviews
December 23, 2018 | Full review
Instax Mini 9 is very easy to use and for this reason, it is the perfect choice for starters. The best thing about this camera is that it has automatic settings selection which shows you the best settings for different light conditions.
- TechTune Hub
September 2, 2019 | Full review
Set to be the most used new feature, the Instax Mini 9 comes with a built in selfie mirror.
- Instant Photo Pro
What experts didn't like
You can't mount this model on tripod. No timer function
- BestReviews
It’s a little tricky to turn on, but once you find the lens release/power button, it’s ready to pass around a party without instruction.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 25, 2018 | Full review
Lining up shots can be a little tricky on account of the tiny viewfinder. It has a guidance spot in the centre, but this doesn’t account for the parallax effect, which can lead to some off-centre shots.
- Trusted Reviews
December 19, 2018 | Full review
Somewhat bulky design. Can't manually adjust exposure. No support for microSD card.
- iMore
March 7, 2019 | Full review
One of this camera’s most distinctive design features is its selfie camera, which is located on its front, right next to the lens. In theory, this is a cool idea, but in practice, it doesn't really help you frame selfies—the reflection is blurry and has a sort of fisheye effect, so you can’t see yourself as well as you might need to when you’re trying to frame your photo, especially if you’re taking it with another person.
- The Spruce
May 15, 2019 | Full review
The viewfinder is at the side of the body, directly above the front shutter release. In testing, putting the camera to my eye and keeping my finger on the shutter while holding it in landscape orientation was uncomfortable. I wish Fujifilm had moved the shutter release with this update.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 18, 2017 | Full review
Like other Instax Mini cameras, don't expect 100% accurate framing with the basic viewfinder and beware that prints can often be over-exposed under very bright conditions.
- Camera Labs
August 14, 2017 | Full review
The shutter on the Mini 9 is fixed to 1/60 sec, and the flash always fires (with a max range of 2.7 m / 8.8 ft), which can be very annoying. Exposure is controlled via the various shooting modes, which progressively stop the lens down. There's no true exposure compensation, but the camera does offer a 'High-key' mode which overexposes by about 2/3rd stop.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
Tends to overexpose when used in bright sun, smaller photo size, limited image settings
- Tech Gear Lab
June 4, 2019 | Full review
As with any film camera, the cost of prints are a little higher than a digital format.
- Nerd Tech
March 31, 2017 | Full review
Very grainy and rough images compared to a digital compact
- Good Housekeeping
July 13, 2017 | Full review
Size remains the Mini 9’s biggest issue. Its compact body prints likewise compact film. Once you get accustomed to cameras that shoot in a larger square format, it spoils you to want more imagery for your buck and fit more into a scene.
- The Verge
August 10, 2018 | Full review
One issue with the film is that black speckles sometimes emerge in extremely overexposed areas of the frame, such as the highlights on the water in the backlit image below.
- Instant Camera Blog
August 14, 2017 | Full review
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is not slim, nor is it super compact. I kept struggling to find the right place to put this camera as I traveled. It was too big for either my proper camera bag or any pockets on the outside of my backpack, so it ended up floating around loose in the main compartment of my backpack.
- Little Coffee Fox
October 3, 2018 | Full review
Can’t turn off the flash. If there’s one thing we don’t like about the Instax Mini 9, it’s the fact that its flash always fires.
- Best 7 Reviews
December 23, 2018 | Full review
It is not suitable to take pictures from far distances. Buying a film is a bit expensive.
- TechTune Hub
September 2, 2019 | Full review
Limited shooting range. Missed opportunity for more improvements.
- Instant Photo Pro

From The Manufacturer

The new, Instax Mini 9 camera retains the ease of use and attractive design elements of the extremely popular Instax Mini 8 while adding five new exciting colors and a couple of new features. The new colors are: Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue and Smokey White. The new, Instax Mini 9 features a selfie mirror for the perfect selfie photo every time. Close up macro photos are now easier thanks to the included close-up lens adapter which allows you to focus on subjects as close as 35-50cm. The Instax Mini 9 retains all of the other great features found in the Mini 8 including: Automatic exposure measurement. The camera signals the recommended aperture setting with a flashing LED light and the user can manually adjust the dial to the recommended setting. This helps the user capture the perfect photo every time. The High-Key mode enables consumers to take brighter pictures with a soft look -perfect for portraits.

Overall Product Rankings

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1. Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera Bundle
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 5
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera
3. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera
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Expert Reviews: 16
Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera
4. Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera
5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera
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Expert Reviews: 17
Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera
6. Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.2
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Fujifilm INSTAX 300 Wide Photo Case & Instant Camera
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Camera
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Fujifilm Instax Film Mini 8 Instant Camera
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An Overview On Instant Cameras

Instant film cameras have made a comeback in recent years, as a new generation has 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.

DWYM 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 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 some instant cameras, there is a delay between pressing the trigger and capturing the shot. Those models are not 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. Look for an instant camera that offers wider shots than you would typically see with an instant film camera, as this allows you to squeeze more into each picture. These models also tend to offer impressive color saturation and separation. Cameras with 10-megapixel images are colorful and vibrant. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera can be prone to black specks in overexposed areas of your image.
  • Look for prints that resist smudges, water damage and tears. You may even want to consider a model that has a black and white feature.
  • 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 Snap 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 a camera with 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 Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant 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 a tripod socket. You can just set your camera up, hop into the frame and say, “Cheese.” Keep in mind 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 Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera has a rechargeable battery. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera runs on AA batteries.