Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera

Last updated date: October 2, 2019

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8.0


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In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera placed 9th 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
9.0
17 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
12,538 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Fujifilm Instax mini 8 camera is a lot of fun. It’s extremely easy to use, and you can capture some decent photos if you manage to match the right exposure levels with the right surroundings.
- Trusted Reviews
January 20, 2017 | Full review
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is one of the oldest instant cameras you can still find widely, and it's best suited if you want to get a cheap camera for a kid or teenager.
- Reviewed
May 13, 2019 | Full review
The Mini 8 is powered by two AA batteries, a big advantage over other instant cameras that use more obscure CR2 photo batteries.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
February 10, 2017 | Full review
It has an auto flash, a brightness adjustment dial for everything from indoor to sunny settings, an electronic shutter and a built-in lens cover.
- Nerd Wallet
February 7, 2017 | Full review
Using the Instax Mini 8 is as easy as pushing the lens button, rotating to the desired exposure, waiting for the red light signifying flash is ready, and pushing the shutter. It takes roughly five seconds to power on; a successful photo should print out from the top of the camera and complete processing in approximately 10 seconds.
- Digital Trends
March 22, 2013 | Full review
The high key feature lets you adjust your photos quality before you snap the picture. Close-ups come through loud and clear with the short focal range of .6 to 2.7 meters. Only 2 AA batteries power this camera and lets you take those great shots you always wanted.
- All Top Stuffs
January 31, 2019 | Full review
Our favorite thing about this camera is that it is so easy to use, especially for kids. It also has an automatic exposure adjustment that helps catch the best picture every time.
- WishingDwell
August 20, 2019 | Full review
It is extremely easy to use, as all you need to do is to press the button, adjust the dial, and then shoot to get your picture instantly.
- The Z9
August 23, 2019 | Full review
It is easy to select the exposure level to take better quality pictures using the adjustment dial around the lens.
- Digital10z
The camera is highly portable due to its small size and lightweight. It fits in any small bag or purse. This means that you can quickly take pictures anywhere you might be and instantly have them in hard copy.
- The Smartest Buyer
The flash will always fire but the output level is adjusted automatically based on the camera’s metering of the scene. Flash recycle time can vary between 0.2s and 6s with new batteries and depending on the output.
- Photography Bay
February 16, 2016 | Full review
It’s fixed focus, so you don’t have to mess with that. And the built-in flash fires automatically.
- Have Camera Will Travel
It is lighter in weight and this makes it easily portable. It comes with a stylish design that most customers enjoy.
- InstantCameraLab
The Instax Mini 8 has a 60mm wide angle lens with a fixed focus range of .6 meters to infinity. I found the lens to be quite sharp
- Dan Finnen
April 18, 2017 | Full review
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8’s operation is one of the easiest out there, it’s certainly a major contributor to the cameras popularity.
- Instant Photo Pro
The FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 is a basic, easy to use, point and shoot camera that takes instant photos and develops them like the good and old Polaroid cameras.
- Kids Camera Guide
The size and weight of the camera makes it very portable. It fits in any purse or even small bags. So wherever you are, you can easily get pictures and instantly have a hard copy.
- GeekyCameras
July 23, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Photos indoors can take a bit more work and it’s here with the lack of focus really shows. The always-on flash can help make up for low-lit conditions, but colours can look too washed out and image clarity is not great.
- Trusted Reviews
January 20, 2017 | Full review
The only downside to this option is the lack of a selfie mirror.
- Reviewed
May 13, 2019 | Full review
Selfies are a thing that many people enjoy. If you're a selfie shooter, you'll be disappointed with the Mini 8—it doesn't have a mirror to frame up shots
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
February 10, 2017 | Full review
However, figuring out the right exposure, even for a tiny toy camera, can be rather tricky. How do you differentiate from a fairly sunny to a not-too-sunny-but-still-a-bit-bright setting? This is supposed to be simple photography, not meteorology!
- Digital Trends
March 22, 2013 | Full review
The film does not last long, though this does not affect the overall performance of the camera.
- The Z9
August 23, 2019 | Full review
It only supports Fujifilm Instant Color Film “Instax Mini” which is expensive. As there is no auto focus, it will not be easy for you to take the picture first time with the camera.
- Digital10z
The viewfinder is not very accurate making it difficult to focus on images. The Instax Mini 8 produces a very small sized photo that sometimes may miss the small details.
- The Smartest Buyer
Shutter speed is fixed at 1/60s on the Mini 8. All Instax Mini film is currently rated at ISO 800 and is only available as color film.
- Photography Bay
February 16, 2016 | Full review
The viewfinder is small and a bit finicky to use, but it works.
- Have Camera Will Travel
The camera has no automatic focus option and this means that the photographer needs to come closer to the object or person when taking photos.
- InstantCameraLab
Close up objects will be noticeably out of focus. The focal length of the lens is just wide enough to easily frame up people in tight environments, but isn’t so wide as to introduce distortion.
- Dan Finnen
April 18, 2017 | Full review
The lack of autofocus can take a bit of practice for those of us who are so used to the little green box on your digital point-and-shoot.
- Instant Photo Pro
Focus: the camera has no autofocus. The shooting range is 3 to 9 feet (0.6m to 2.7m), so you need to get up close.
- Kids Camera Guide
Another negative point about this camera is its inability to create clear copy when taking close up photos. Some users also report that the viewfinder is not that accurate as well. In addition to this, the LED flash is not as bright as it should be making it difficult to take clear photos under low light condition.
- GeekyCameras
July 23, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The new, compact INSTAX Mini 8 color models preserve the ease of use and attractive design elements of the existing INSTAX Mini series. At the same time, the Mini 8 cameras offer new features and enhancements. You will instantly notice a slimmer and lighter body. The INSTAX Mini 8 is approximately10% smaller than the Mini 7S in volume ratio. It is now even easier for the consumer to carry around an INSTAX with them everywhere. The new INSTAX Mini 8 features 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. A new High-Key mode is available on the INSTAX Mini 8 cameras. This mode enables consumers to take brighter pictures with a soft look -perfect for portraits. The viewfinder has also been improved for enhanced subject viewing. Framing a shot becomes easier for the user with even greater clarity and improved visibility.

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.