Fujifilm Instax Mini 99 hands-on review: the most advanced Instax instant camera

The Instax Mini 99 camera has me excited to shoot more instant film

Fujifilm Instax Mini 99 instant camera sat on a marbled surface
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Instax Mini 99 takes Fujifilm’s instant cameras to new creative heights, offering the most advanced controls yet for fine-tuning images, but also the most ways to have fun with any Instax camera so far. Where LED light effects could have been gimmicky and tacky, they add a new creative element that I couldn’t stop playing with. The Instax Mini 99 also is my favorite looking Instax camera yet, no bright colors here, the camera further refines a classic design that should suit everyone.

Pros

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    LED light effects work really well

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    Creative controls for fine-tuning images

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    The best-looking Instax camera yet

Cons

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    Extra features might not be worth the price premium

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    No selfie mirror

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    Environmental impact of disposable parts

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Instax cameras still continue to be unstoppably popular around the world, with so many people still enjoying the very unique experience of instant print photography, especially in an increasingly digital world where snapping dozens of photos a day of things around you is an everyday part of life. 

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Film usedFujifilm Instax Mini Film (62 mm × 46 mm)
LensManual focus 0.3m to ∞, 60 mm, 1:12.7
Viewfinder0.37×, parallax correction for Macro Mode
ShutterAuto 1.8 to 1/400 seconds, Bulb Mode (max 10 sec)
Exposure controlAutomatic: LV 5.0 to 14.8 (ISO 800)
Exposure compensation–5/3EV, –2/3EV, +2/3EV, +1EV
FlashAutomatic flash (automatic light adjustment), Indoor Mode (slow synchro flash), Fill-in flash, Flash off, Red-eye removal
Effective flash range0.3 m to 2.7 m
Power supplyBattery NP-70S, approx. 100 shots
Auto power off5 minutes
Self-timer 10 seconds
Dimensions103.5 × 117.5 × 60.0 mm
Weight340 g (without battery, shoulder strap, and film)
Instax Mini 40

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The Instax Mini 40 looks very similar in design to the Instax Mni 99 but misses out on the newer models' finer controls and inbuilt creative lighting. However, the Mini 40 can be had at a much cheaper price, making this a great option for anyone who won't get the most out of the Mini 99's creative features.

Instax Mini 12

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The Mini 12 is the entry-level Instax Mini camera and a great option for anyone who wants a simple and fun-to-use instant print camera without the hassle of having to think about any settings. It is also the cheapest model in the Instax range, so you can make some serious savings over the Mini 99.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.