Everything You Need To Know About Fujifilm instax


Because this was a title before it was an article, let me just start by saying the only thing you need to know about Fujifilm instax cameras is that they are a fun and easy way to enjoy instant photo prints. Instax pushes out a print that self-develops within a few minutes of its emergence from the camera. In the digital era, there is little in the way of practical uses for this system, but since when does photography have to be practical? Use it to experiment, use it to enjoy good times with friends, at weddings or parties, and use it to show your kids that you can actually touch a photograph. Of course, as soon as I wrote that, I realized there might well be a few instances in business or even in film and photo production where an instant print might still be of use; however, I don’t think instax would be the choice tool for that function. But please do let me know if you use instax for practical applications.

Juliana Gonzalez


Two film formats are available for instax cameras—instax mini and instax WIDE. The wide and mini cannot be mixed and matched; they are designed for specific camera models. The wide format, which measures 3.4 x 4.3" with an image size of 2.4 x 3.9", fits the current instax WIDE 300 model. All other instax cameras use the 2.4 x 1.8" instax mini format, as do the Polaroid 300 cameras. Size is another reason these prints are less appropriate for practical applications. The mini print, which is basically the size of a credit card with the white borders included, is too small to reveal much in the way of intricate details, and while the wide is closer in size to “standard” 3 x 5" or 4 x 6" prints, it is still not a preferred method for instant documentation. In addition to the standard white-bordered prints, instax offers prints with playfully designed borders, including the multi-colored rainbow pack. Both formats are housed in disposable black plastic cartridge that contains 10 sheets. The cartridge inserts easily into the back of the camera.

Fujifilm instax mini Instant Color Film Kit

Integral film, the kind of instant film used by instax, works because it contains layers of emulsion dye and layers of developing dye sandwiched within its “sheet.” Developing and fixing chemicals are stored in the “sack” of white border on the bottom of the image and when the film is pushed out of the camera the developing process begins. For instax there is no need to peel off the negative image and no shaking or putting it under your arm (for proper temperature) required. Within an ambient temperature range of 41-104°F, just wait about two minutes and your image will appear, although it would be fun to experiment with different development temperatures.

Both sizes of film are daylight balanced, ISO 800 with a 10 lines/mm resolving power, and can expose indoor and outdoor shots equally well. However, if you are expecting the saturation of a Velvia film stock or the dynamic range of the X-trans sensor, you’re in the wrong article. Given the minimal amount of exposure, aperture, and flash control offered by the cameras, be prepared for (and excited about) lo-fi image quality with a glossy surface. With minimal experience, the right light on bold color and proper distance to subject, you can expect pleasing results.

The instax mini Lineup

Currently, B&H offers four distinct instax mini models, three of which are available with color choices. In order of their complexity, from very simple to quite simple, there is the instax mini 8, with a range of candy-color options, the instax mini 25, the instax mini 70 and the instax mini 90 Neo Classic.

Based on ease of use and color options, it would seem that the mini 8 is earmarked for the kiddies, although it does offer a nice black model for the “serious” shooter. There is little one needs to know about the camera, as it offers only the most basic adjustments. It features a fixed 1/60-second shutter speed, a built-in flash that always fires and, like all minis, it has a 60mm f/12.7 lens. On the side of the lens there are four aperture settings, which correspond to Indoor light, Cloudy/Shade, Partly Sunny, or Bright Sun. There is also a “high key” mode setting. Figuring out which to use is pretty straightforward, although there will be a margin of error. When I shot on a sunny but cloudy day the first time, it became clear that the proper exposure should have been Cloudy/Shade. Fortunately, you can immediately see the result of your exposure choice and adjust accordingly.

Fujifilm instax mini 8 Instant Film Camera

One aspect of the Fujifilm design, compared to Polaroid, is that the power source for the camera and film is in the camera and not the film pack. The mini 8 uses two AA batteries, whereas the mini 25 and mini 70 use CR2 batteries, and the mini 90 uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The instax mini 25 is slightly smaller than the mini 8, uses two CR2 lithium batteries, and features more control over exposure, including auto-variable shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash control, and a motor-driven close-up lens setting. It also has a small mirror next to the lens for easier composition of selfies.

Fujifilm instax mini 25 Instant Film Camera

The instax mini 70 has a fully retractable lens and is the most compact of available models, even slightly resembling familiar point-and-shoot digital camera form factors and colors. It is marketed as ideal for selfies and also provides a mirror next to the lens. It features a Selfie Mode, which automatically sets appropriate brightness and focus distance. A self-timer mode and tripod socket are also featured. Auto shutter speed varies from ½- to 1/400-second. Focusing options are more advanced on the mini 70, with three distinct modes including a “macro” mode that focuses as close as 11.8". An LCD screen displays the exposure count and shooting mode.

Fujifilm instax mini 70 Instant Film Camera

The instax mini 90 Neo Classic is available in black or brown and has a handsome retro design and two shutter buttons for convenient shooting in both horizontal and vertical positions. It, too, has a retractable lens design, but is the only mini to use a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. All instax minis have a 0.37x optical viewfinder, but the mini 90 has parallax adjustment for macro shooting. Six shooting modes are provided, including bulb mode for up to 10-second exposures and a double-exposure mode. Modes are changed by rotating the dial around the lens or with the button and LCD on the camera’s back. Its advanced flash enables better lighting for its various modes and its LCD and button controls are more familiar to anyone used to a digital camera. Three focusing modes, including macro, are the same as on the mini 70.

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera

The instax WIDE

The instax WIDE 300 Instant Film Camera is shaped like a DSLR with a large handgrip, and the shutter button and power lever ergonomically located on top of that grip. It also uses a ring around the lens to control its zone-focus system. The two motor-driven focus modes are 3.0-9.8' and 9.8' to infinity. Shutter speeds run from 1/64- to 1/200-seconds and exposure control can be set to automatic or adjusted with +/-2 exposure compensation control. The LCD screen displays the exposure counter (number of shots remaining), Lighten-Darken control, Fill-in Flash Mode and the WIDE 300 also comes with a close-up lens adapter.

Fujifilm INSTAX Wide 300 Instant Film Camera

Loading and Shooting the instax Cameras

Loading film into the instax cameras is about as easy as it gets. No sprockets or spools, no pick-ups or release buttons. Just open the camera back and place the pre-loaded black film cartridge into the camera. Well, there is one trick—make sure the yellow tab marked on the corner of the film cartridge is aligned with the yellow tab mark in the camera’s chamber. When the film cartridge is in place, not askew, close the film chamber door and shoot one exposure to remove the plastic film cover, which is ejected from the film slot the same way as the film. After the film cover is ejected, the counter will read 10 and count down after each exposure until you are out of film and need to reload. Remember, it’s best not to open the back of a camera with film in it, but with instax, even that is forgiven. I opened the back, even touched the film cartridge where it indicates, “No fingers go here” and nothing adverse happened. [Editor’s note: Professional photographer on closed circuit. Do not attempt.]

Shooting with instax is, by design, very simple. Yes, certain models give you some control over exposure, flash, and focal range, but the basic idea is point and shoot. As mentioned above, it will take you one pack of film to figure the proper exposure settings, which are controlled in broad strokes no matter the camera model. If you are only accustomed to digital photography and film is a new expense, well, unfortunately, the best way to get to know the capability of an instax is trial and error. Close focus is a welcome mode on some camera models that I encourage you to try. Keep in mind that the viewfinder is not showing exactly what the lens frames, but the difference will not ruin the experience. Focus range is different for the various models, but a good rule of thumb is that for best focus, exposure, and flash illumination, your main subject should be 2-8' from you, and bold colors work well. One caveat is that, while some of the models are a bit heartier than the others, they are all made from plastic and will break if dropped.

Juliana Gonzalez


Perhaps the most interesting instax accessory is not even for the camera, per se, but a portable printer that creates instax prints from smartphone images. The instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2 works through the free Fujifilm instax SHARE App and enables multiple copies of images, template changes, black-and-white and sepia adjustments, and social network sharing.

Fujifilm produces custom color cases to match the shape and color of your mini 8. Called the Groovy Case, this faux leather case holds your camera vertically with the lens fitting in a nifty custom-made groove. There are several bags available for carrying your Fujifilm instax cameras, including one from Skutr with a “puffy jacket” design and separate compartment for film. Fujifilm, Nifty, and Skutr also offer several variations on photo album books to display your prints.

Both Fujifilm and Holga market a set of filters for instax. There is also the Fujifilm instax mini 7S Close-Up Lens with selfie mirror, and Holga makes a telephoto/wide adapter lens kits, as well. Check for compatibility with your instax model.

Fujifilm instax mini 7S Close-Up Lens

The Wrap-Up

However you choose to augment your instax, these cameras provide a nice combination of the pleasures of analog and smartphone photography, simultaneously fostering a more disciplined and a more lighthearted approach to the medium. Because you are limited by a finite number of exposures per pack and by optical capability, you need to concentrate your expertise before you just shoot away, but you are still provided with the almost immediate feedback and quench that digital photography bestows. As a bonus, you have the analog share-ability factor, better than that of a smartphone because it’s physical. And you can always scan and Photoshop your prints too!

Unlike some other instant camera options, the instax uses a relatively fast film, has few settings and no post-exposure effort; the whole process is quick and painless. As with any style of photography, one can approach it seriously or casually but, to me, the instax system is one to approach without anxiety, to embrace your mistakes, enjoy the experience and welcome a catch-and-release policy—gift the portraits to friends and family, exchange them like trading cards and display your snaps for all to see, perchance in stacks.

John R. Harris


can u take a photo with fujifilm mini camera 9 without sheets?

I bought the Instax Wide for my wedding. I thought it had sticky film for that camera. Am I wrong about that? 

Unfortunately, Fujifilm does not currently offer Instax film with an adhesive back at this time. 

I bought the instax wide 300 and I was twisting the focus ring and nothing happened. The lens is stuck on the 0.9 - 3m and won’t move to the 3m - . The camera works just fine and pictures come out good it’s just the they are so zoomed in. Is there a way to fix this on my own or will I have to get it repaired ? 

I want to buy this for my kid and I wanted to know if you can confirm the photo to print on the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera.

Being that the Instax Mini 11 is only a film camera, you cannot preview the shot before printing. A better option for this purpose is the FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera Bundle (Stone White), BH # FUIMLBW which can store the image on a Micro SD card and offers an LCD screen to preview the image.




Will instax mini 11 gets on without film?

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 camera can be operated without a film cartridge installed, if for example you needed to test the batteries. 

I am looking for an instant camera to shoot Fujifilm's wide instant film. I have come across the Fujifilm Wide 300, the Lomo'Instant Wide and the InstaKon RF70. Are there any other good options I can be looking at - cameras or film backs that would shoot the Wide film? Thanks


The FUJIFILM INSTAX Wide 300 Instant Film Camera (Black), B&H # FUI300, the Mint Camera InstantKon RF70_auto Instant Film Camera, B&H # MIRF70A, and the Mint Camera InstantKon RF70 Instant Film Camera, B&H # MIINSTKNRF70, would be the three (3) current instant cameras we carry that use the Fujifilm INSTAX Wide Instant Film.  Unfortunately, the Lomography Lomo'Instant Wide Camera (Black), B&H # LOLI200B, you listed has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.





Is there any instax camera that lets you see what you shot before printing? 

or do all cameras automatically print every shot taken?

All current Fujifilm Instax cameras will automatically print after every shot that is taken. Unfortunately, there is no way to preview the image. 

Erm, thats not true at all.
The Fuji Sq10 and Sq20 are both digital hybrids with a screen that allows you to select what you print first.

Hi Julian,

Thank you for your insight. The SQ20 is the current model, while the SQ10 is now discontinued. 

Can you take videos with this camera 

Unfortunately, the Instax cameras are not capable of shooting video. 

I purchased my Instax Mini 9 camera a year ago and haven’t used it much, I’ve gotten through about 4 or so packs of film (40 photos), but after adding new film, I ran into a problem. When taking photos from a distance (a couple meters away), the subject is not centered in the actual photo even though it is centered in the viewfinder. Instead, the subject appears in the bottom left corner of the picture. When I took a photo the day before, the pictures came out fine with the subject centered; however, after running out of film and adding a new pack, this began to occur with the first picture taken after the addition of film. Is this perhaps due to age of the camera or is it most likely a problem with the lens that must be repaired? I have not dropped the camera at all between the two days I have taken photos with it, with the only difference being the film. 

It's likely nothing has changed, but you may have taken more closeups recently. The camera lens and the viewfinder you look through are located slightly separate from each other. Just look at the front of the camera to see the difference.

When your subject is more than about three steps away, the difference between lens and viewfinder doesn't matter. When you take a closeup, the distance between the viewfinder and lens could throw things off center.

For the Mini 8, instead of putting the subject dead center in the viewfinder, I try to put any closeup subject a LITTLE bit towards the bottom left of what I see through the viewfinder. Eg. If I was filling up the frame with a person's face and shoulders for a vertical portrait, instead of placing the viewfinder circle on their chin, I'd put the circle on THEIR left cheek (from my viewpoint, it's up and to the right a bit from their chin). That way the lens is pointing roughly at the chin.

Try it out and you'll get things lined up.

Thank you CI L for the question and nevil h for the response.  Without any more info and based on how CI L described, I would tend to agree with nevil's reply.  Let us know if an adjustment in your composition within the viewfinder makes a difference and happy to keep this conversation going... 


Do you think the instax wide 300 close up lens can be used on the instax 500 af? 

Unfortunately, the close up lens included with the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 is not compatible with the older Instax 500AF camera.

During an event, some of my volunteers took about 10 packs of film out of the box and sealed packaging.  there were so many people in line to get their picture taken I think they thought they were helping me so I wouldn't be fumbling to take the cartridges out of the packaging when I ran out of shots.  Are these cartridges ruined now that they are out of the sealed packaging?  It will kill me to throw them away.

Unfortunately, there is a possibility the film could have been exposed.  Fujifilm states that you should avoid opening a film pack or loading a camera under direct sunlight, and after opening the film, do not leave it in a bright place.  You are supposed to load the film into the camera as soon as possible, or the film may become exposed by light.  The best I can recommend would be to test one of the rolls of film in your camera to see if the film will properly expose when used at the camera's recommended settings.  If it does expose properly, then the other film may be okay.  However, I would recommend storing them in a dark container in a refrigerator.  Place opened film packs into polyethylene or vinyl bags before refrigerating them. • After removing film from a refrigerator, you should wait (at least 12 hours) for it to reach room temperature before opening it.  If you open the film while it is still cold, it may be adversely affected by condensation.

So last night I just bought a mini 75 camera. I put it together, and it works just fine, but I need to know does the cameras film only go up to 10 pics or does it just refill over night or do I need to keep buying more film after ten 

After you use the 10 Exposures the camera comes with you simply change the cartridge to take more photos.  B&H # FUIMSP is FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini Instant Film (10 Exposures).


-Joey P

I heard that after 100 photos have been developed, the camera no longer will function. Is that true?

I want to purchase one but ned to know if it does that.


Hello Manii,

We haven't heard of this issue on our end. However, we do offer a 30 day return and exchange policy in the event that you have any issues with the camera. Please see the following for more information about returns and exchanges. https://bhpho.to/2bxrYlG

We use them at work and have certainly taken over 100, but the camera still works great!

I took a picture earlier with the instax mini 8 but it didnt develop so my question is do I have to go get the files developed after I take the picture or will it develop on its own because it's been more than 10 min and it still hasn't shown the pic

Never mind I got it to work 😉 it's great!!

Hi may I ask there is instax mini 9 now and is it the same film with the mini 8 right? and which one do you think is better, i want to buy some but im a bit confused. thankyou!

Hello, I'm planning to buy a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 to take pictures. Do you have an estimated price range that these cameras could be at?


Unfortunately my old instax 210 stopped working so I bought a new instax 300 to replace it. The film in my old 210 still has 6 exposures left - do you know if I can take the film out and use it my new 300 or will it be ruined?


Hi Jen - 

You may be able to salvage the started film cartridge if you work in total darkness. Work under a blanket in a dark closet.

What battery is used in Fujifilm Mini Instax 8?

The Fujifilm instax mini 8 Instant Film Camera will use two AA batteries.

Hi! I'm planning to buy used Wide 210, and I just need your opinion that is it worth to buy the used Wide 210 ? or should I bought the new one ? and is it this camera need to service ? because this is my first time to use this kind of camera.

If the price difference isn't too great, I would just go with the New copy, you'll at least get a full US warranty from Fuji this way in the off chance you have any issues. 

Hi, I bought an instax wide 300 about two weeks ago. And it was fine at first, but now some of the pictures come out white, I turn it off and turn it back on and take a picture and it comes out blurry what do you think it might be ? 


Also, can you help me out with the light & dark settings ? What setting to use for inside a house, and what setting to use when outside ? 


The light / dark setting will adjust your exposure. You would want the image to be lighter when shooting in dark conditions, and darker when shooting in very bright outdoor sunlight to prevent everything getting washed out. 

If the cameras is not exposing properly at all, I would change the batteries and see if that helps at all. Also adjusting the light and dark for the conditions you are in, and using the flash for fill light to speed up the exposure could also help. 

Thankyou so much that was very helpful ! Another question my film is messing up, for example It said I had 3 pictures left and nothing came out there was nomore film, is that normal? Or what do you think it could be ?

No, that should not be normal occurrence. My only though would be that maybe the film may not have been fully loaded properly. If the issue persists, I would recommended reaching out to Fuji directly for further troubleshooting. 

Hi! I'm planning to buy the Mini 70, I need an answer for my question if you don't mind.

can you look at the picture first before you develop the picture to look if it looks good or it will just develop the picture itself? if you know what I mean. Thank you in advance!



AmiraMin....  This is not a digital camera and there is no monitor to view the image before or after you shoot, so the answer would be no, once you shoot the photo, the developing process starts and your photo is ejected from the camera.  However, there is a viewfinder so you can look through that to frame your image prior to shooting.  Enjoy

My friend accidentally opened the back of the camera, two films were wasted. I forgot how many films were left that time because I was not the only one using it and when I took a picture there was no film left, with me not knowing. So I'm worried if I broke my instax 90 with taking a photo with no film inside the camera.

I recently purchased an instax wide 300 but its not turning on ive tried everything

Sorry to hear you are having this issue. If using a fresh set of batteries and the camera still doesn't turn on I would contact our Customer Service to see what options are available to you. 
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