Fujifilm Mini 70 Instant Camera

Last updated date: October 2, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 117 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm Mini 70 Instant Camera placed 8th 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
7.6
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
542 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This model features selfie mode, and its great for taking photos in lowlight condtions thanks to an auto exposure mode
- BestReviews
But cycling through allows you to set the focus mode to landscape or macro, force the flash to fire, or enable Hi-key shooting, which brightens photos.
- PC Magazine
November 23, 2015 | Full review
The camera is very easy to hold and light too. It weighs only 338g with film and batteries loaded.
- Good Housekeeping
January 8, 2018 | Full review
Shooting modes include: Macro, Landscape, Selfie, Self timer and 'High-key' mode (more on that below). A small LCD window on the back displays the active mode, as well as the number of remaining shots.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
Another neat feature that makes taking selfies easier and more intuitive is a built in selfie mirror that’s located to the right of the lens. It allows you to view your shots in real time, even though your eye isn’t facing the viewfinder.
- Nerd Tech
August 2, 2016 | Full review
A little more advanced than the Instax Mini 9, the Instax Mini 70 offers a few more features, but is still a cost-effective way to get into instant photography.
- Tech Radar
May 29, 2019 | Full review
Attractive design and available in a variety of metallic colours. More control over the exposure in dark conditions due to variable shutter speed
- Instant Camera Blog
December 8, 2017 | Full review
Incredible light and flash blending ability
- The Phoblographer
December 3, 2015 | Full review
To do the same, the Fuji 8 or 9 require the use of a snap-on lens adapter that is easily lost. The Fuji 70 is much more elegant in this regard, and if selfies or other close-up shots are going to be your primary subject, it’s worth upgrading to the 70.
- Dan Finnen
August 9, 2017 | Full review
It’s a very light camera and easy to carry around. I especially like how the flash brightens up portraits and the slight vignette in landscape mode darkens bright skies.
- Cameta
June 8, 2016 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Prints are small, Films can get pricey
- BestReviews
When shooting in landscape orientation it's a different story. I found myself awkwardly cradling the camera at the top in order to not block the viewfinder or lens. A front shutter button can work on a camera that shoots in a square format, but here it's awkward.
- PC Magazine
November 23, 2015 | Full review
Flash often fires, even when outdoors. Not ideal for left handed users, with the lens being too far to left on the camera.
- Good Housekeeping
January 8, 2018 | Full review
No way to turn off flash except in infinity mode. CR2 batteries can be hard to find.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
Because it automatically prints out and develops film, there is a disadvantage. You could potentially waste a considerable amount of film. However, you’re required to remove the photo before another shot is taken.
- Nerd Tech
August 2, 2016 | Full review
The only thing you need to be careful of is that you don’t obscure the flash with your finger when you’re taking shots vertically.
- Tech Radar
May 29, 2019 | Full review
optical viewfinder is quite small, uses batteries that aren’t as easy to find as AA or AAA batteries.
- Instant Camera Blog
December 8, 2017 | Full review
No way to totally turn off the flash unless you’re in infinity mode; in which case that makes sense.
- The Phoblographer
December 3, 2015 | Full review
What’s more of an issue is a lack of any exposure compensation controls. There’s a closeup dial, and ‘hi-key’ mode which makes everything brighter, but no easy way to make everything slightly brighter or darker as needed.
- Dan Finnen
August 9, 2017 | Full review
My only complaint is the position of the viewfinder, which is a bit off to the side. It would be better if it was more toward the top-center of the camera.
- Cameta
June 8, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Fujifilm's newest addition to the popular line of Instax cameras - Instax Mini 70. Mini 70 is the step-up model to the Mini 8 and offers a more advanced feature set, including, an updated camera design, improved picture quality, especially in dark scenes, new selfie mode with selfie mirror and a tripod socket.

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.