Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera

Last updated date: December 3, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4


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Overall Take

The Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera has all the bells and whistles for the photographer who just wants to have fun. Preset modes like "party," "pet" and "kids" will make it easy to capture the perfect shot. It includes both a tripod socket and a timer, so you can make sure you're always in the shot. In our analysis of 123 expert reviews, the Fujifilm Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera placed 5th 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
9.4
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
1,901 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
There are exposure settings for portraits, landscape, fast action, long exposures, and multiple exposures on the same film frame.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
October 16, 2018 | Full review
It's no surprise that the mini 90 neo-classic from Fujifilm is so loved in the instant photography world! This sleek and stylish camera gives users more creative control with brightness options, a high-performance flash, and modes like party mode, and kids mode.
- iMore
December 22, 2018 | Full review
In indoor settings with predictable lighting conditions, the Instax Mini 90 can take some fantastic photos that are impressively crisp with bright, vibrant colors.
- Tech Gear Lab
This fun-to-use camera doesn't just look good. It's also packed with features like double-exposure mode and a self-timer. It's the only model with an adjustable flash and its battery can be recharge. It can place on a tripod
- BestReviews
The advantage here over a cheaper instant-print camera is an LCD display strip at the back revealing your chosen settings.
- Digital Camera World
July 10, 2019 | Full review
The Mini 90 is made of plastic, it’s well constructed and the textured materials feel great to the touch.
- The Verge
July 14, 2014 | Full review
The Mini 90 features a number of modes to make it more versatile. There is a very useful macro mode, a bulb mode for long exposures, kids & pets mode for high shutter speed, double-exposure mode, and a couple of others.
- Gizmodo
October 23, 2017 | Full review
There are three motor-driven focus positions: One for normal shooting, one for Macro mode and one for Landscape mode.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
The Instax Mini 90 offers a rechargeable battery, an integrated LCD display, and manual exposure control for more precise snapshots.
- Digital Trends
September 6, 2019 | Full review
Automatically detects the brightness of the surrounding and adjusts the amount of flash and shutter speed to optimize photo quality
- Photography Blog
September 27, 2013 | Full review
One thing I love about the Mini 90 is that it uses a rechargeable battery just like Fujifilm’s digital cameras.
- Instant Camera Blog
June 17, 2018 | Full review
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 is powered by a slim rechargeable NP-45S battery. This one slides easily to the back of the camera and should give you around 100 shots per recharge.
- Guiding Tech
May 25, 2019 | Full review
Modes are great as well as the aperture ring-like control
- The Phoblographer
November 24, 2013 | Full review
The mini 90 has a macro mode for those up-close shots. It has a slow shutter speed mode, great for capturing light trails and movement. On top of these features, as if they weren’t enough, it even has a double exposure mode, capturing two scenes on one print. Neat!
- Expert Photography
It also features a timer which can be used to capture a special moment without leaving a member of the group out to snap the photo – make use of the tripod mount for the perfect shot.
- Instant Camera Reviews
January 24, 2019 | Full review
The Instax Mini 90 promises to give enthusiasts a higher degree of control over their shots, with a raft of features and shooting modes to chose from. Coupled with an all purpose 60mm lens that delivers great results, this is clearly the most powerful Instax camera yet.
- Instant Photo Pro
What experts didn't like
The slim NP-45S battery loads in a rear compartment—the plastic battery cover is one of the few things about the Mini 90 that looks a little cheap.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
October 16, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately one of the biggest complaints lodged against this camera is the higher price tag and its delicate frame.
- iMore
December 22, 2018 | Full review
This camera also struggles quite a bit with backlit situations. If you're trying to do anything more complex than a simple silhouette against a bright background, you're likely going to lose a lot of detail in the photo.
- Tech Gear Lab
Film is expensive. Some find the viewfinder inaccurate
- BestReviews
Tiny viewfinder. Lack of handgrip.
- Digital Camera World
July 10, 2019 | Full review
The optical viewfinder is a slight letdown, however, as it’s very small and difficult to view with your eye any further than a few millimeters away; you might have trouble framing your shot if you’re wearing glasses.
- The Verge
July 14, 2014 | Full review
It is more or less square, and it isn't immediately evident how to hold it. We realized after taking a couple of shots that we were actually holding it sideways.
- Gizmodo
October 23, 2017 | Full review
Difficult to frame closeups. Somewhat complicated to use.
- DP Review
May 1, 2019 | Full review
The only thing you'll have to keep in mind is keeping the flash on, at times, since this one sports a small f/12.7 fixed aperture.
- Guiding Tech
May 25, 2019 | Full review
Film after a while will turn into quite the expense
- The Phoblographer
November 24, 2013 | Full review
This camera doesn’t have as many colors
- Expert Photography
It is one of the more expensive cameras in the Instax range. As with all instant cameras, the cost of film can be expensive.
- Instant Camera Reviews
January 24, 2019 | Full review
The viewfinder is quite small and hard to use for anyone with bad eyesight or reading glasses.
- Instant Photo Pro

From The Manufacturer

The INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic combines a premium build quality with a stylish, retro camera design that offers a full range of camera functions. Featuring a variety of new shooting modes, the INSTAX Mini 90 now includes double exposure and macro modes for users who want to express their photographic creativity with beautiful image quality. Focusing-motor-driven 3-range switching, 0.3m - ∞ (macro mode: 0.3m - 0.6m, normal mode: 0.6m - 3.0m, landscape mode: 3.0m - ∞)

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.