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Which Fujifilm Instax Mini should you choose?



You want to buy an Instax Mini but you feel lost when faced with the different Fujifilm models to choose from? Here is a comparison of the devices in the Instax Mini range to help you make the best choice in 2018.

You have made your choice, it will be either the Instax Mini or the Instax Wide. Of the two formats, it is the smaller one that interests you the most. Okay, but now you’re facing a new headache. Among the different models of Instax Mini devices offered by Fujifilm, you don’t know which one to choose… Relax. We will present each of the three Mini devices, the main points to remember about them, how they position themselves in the Instax range and their target audience. Follow the guide.

The Instax Mini 9: simple and affordable

The Instax Mini 9 is the entry level Instax Mini device. It is the flagship model and best-selling device in the Fujifilm instant camera segment. Its simplicity of use, its rounded design and its availability in multiple colors make it an attractive object for all those who are tempted by instant cameras.
The Instax Mini 9 is the entry level Instax Mini device. It is the flagship model and best-selling device in the Fujifilm instant camera segment. Its simplicity of use, its rounded design and its availability in multiple colors make it an attractive object for all those who are tempted by instant cameras.
While there are very few controls for shooting, they are sufficient to do the job and won’t give you a headache. The device does quite well for casual and festive use. Its selfie mirror and close-up lens allows it to focus on subjects that are 35 to 50 cm away and make great portraits.
It also shines in the evening by hitting targets with a lot of flash. On the other hand, the flash is systematically or almost systematically triggered, which can sometimes be penalizing.
The price of the Instax Mini 9 makes it the most affordable device in its class, regardless of brand.

The Instax Mini 9, the most popular device in the range, has many accessories, including nice color filters.

The Instax Mini 9, the most popular device in the range, has many accessories, including nice color filters.

The Instax Mini 70: the portrait ace

The Instax Mini 70 is presented as a mid-range product by Fujifilm. Like the Instax Mini 9, it comes in a wide range of colors. It stands out by offering more advanced functions for better control during a shooting.

The Instax Mini 70 distinguishes itself from the Instax Mini 9 by a classier, neater look. It also offers ideal functions for portraits.

The Instax Mini 70 distinguishes itself from the Instax Mini 9 by a classier, neater look. It also offers ideal functions for portraits.

It is intended for an informed audience who is used to ordinary options on a camera and want to have some of them on an instant camera. With this model, it is possible to force the flash to fire, but not to switch it to off. The user can choose from several shooting modes. A macro mode allows you to sharpen the image over a short distance.
This function, coupled with the selfie mirror placed on the front of the device guarantees successful selfies taken at arm’s length. This camera also knows how to do group portraits, thanks to a nifty self-timer.

The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic: for the most demanding

The Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic is not the newest device in Fujifilm’s Mini range, but it remains a reference for all those who want to go further than with a device with automatic settings. Photographers who wish to have maximum control over their images will find here the most functionally accomplished model of Fujifilm.

On the right, the entry level Instax with the Instax Mini 8. On the left, the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, for the most demanding. Between these two devices, there are differences in price, design and functions.

On the right, the entry level Instax with the Instax Mini 8. On the left, the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, for the most demanding. Between these two devices, there are differences in price, design and functions.

As with the Instax Mini 70, there are several shooting modes and an option to turn off the flash. The settings are finer because it is finally possible to disable the flash, or adjust the exposure to produce a lighter or darker image. This model is also the only one to offer double exposure. In macro mode, the viewfinder adjusts to take into account the parallax effect. We can blame it for being on the lighter side in B mode (for long exposures), if we want to split hairs.
Here is a camera that will seduce the most demanding photographers, those who will want and know how to correct a shot after a failed first attempt.

Competitors on the map

Devices marketed by Fujifilm are distributed in all major chains. However, other brands brought devices to the market without the same visibility but still have great upsides.
This is the case of Lomography and its Lomo’Instant. The devices of this brand are compatible with Fujifilm’s Instax films and offer very interesting options and functions, some of which do not exist on Fujifilm devices.
Their price and technical specifications position them more as competitors of the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic, but if you are looking for a complete device, rich in features and with high creative potential, you should definitely consider one of these models for your purchase.