How to Use Instax Mini 11 (in 13 Easy Steps) - Instant Camera Reviews (2023)

By Emma Johnson•Updated: 04/08/22•14 min read

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The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is the ideal camera for an instant photography newbie. Available in five cool and modern colors (Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Ice White, Charcoal Black, Lilac Purple), the Mini 11 is pleasing to look at, but it is also straightforward to use.

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Read on as we explain everything you need to know about the Instax Mini 11, from “how to turn the flash off on Instax Mini 11” to taking care of the camera and various safety precautions.

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Unboxing The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

First, let us see what you get when purchasing Instax Mini 11.

There isn’t a lot to unpack. Apart from the instant camera itself, you get a wrist strap, two AA batteries, and two shutter button decorations with adhesives to add a little personal touch to the camera.

The shutter release accessories include one jewel-like button cover and another that glows in the dark. (The accompanying accessories are the same color as the camera.

For example, you will get pink shutter covers with the Blush Pink Mini 11.) All in all, you get everything you need to start clicking images.

Step-By-Step Guide Instax Mini 11 How To Use Guide

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 replaced older instant cameras from the Fuji Mini Instax camera. The Mini 9 was hailed as a budget-friendly option for easy usage and maintenance.

Fujifilm took instant cameras to another level.

Unlike the Mini 9, with the Mini 11 there is no need to change exposure settings manually for different ambiances, and taking selfies requires no external lens attachment.

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We are not saying that Fujifilm has perfected instant film cameras with the Mini 11, but it does not get better than this for the price range.

The Instax Mini 11 still uses the affordable instant film pack of Instax Mini film, which is roughly the size of a credit card. Its simplicity, affordability, and functionality make it an excellent instant camera.

To operate the Mini 11, you should follow these 13 steps (we will discuss each step further down the article).

  1. Insert the two AA batteries in the battery compartment on the grip side of the Instax Mini 11.
  2. Load the film cartridge into the back of the instant camera.
  3. Press the power button next to the lens barrel to turn on the Instax Mini 11. (Only use the Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film pack)
  4. Click the shutter button to eject the Instax film cover.
  5. Once the photo counter at the back switches from “S” to “10,” you can start clicking photos using the shutter button.
  6. There is no need to set the exposure; the camera automatically determines the shutter speed based on the lighting.
  7. Once you take the photo, wait for the film to pop out from the film slot.
  8. Remove the ejected film by holding it from the edges.
  9. The image will take approximately 90 seconds to develop.
  10. To take a selfie, turn the camera around, with the lens facing towards you.
  11. Pull out the lens rim further to activate selfie mode. ( You will see the printing “SELFIE ON” on the popped-out lens barrel.)
  12. Use the selfie mirror on the camera body to fix the frame and click the shutter button.
  13. To switch off the camera, whether in standard or selfie mode, push the lens barrel back inside. Here’s my useful guide on how to switch off (or on) the Instax Mini 11 and how to activate selfie mode.

Following the steps mentioned above will have you take excellent photos with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. However, there are a few things to understand while following each of these steps, which we discuss below in detail.

Inserting the Batteries in the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Locate the battery compartment on the grip side of the Mini 11 Instax camera to insert batteries. Use your thumb to slide down the compartment cover. Place two AA (LR6) batteries inside. Once secure, slide the lid back on.

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The batteries should last you for ten film packs, with ten exposures inside each packet. So, once you put new batteries in, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is good to take 100 photos.

Loading Instant Film Pack in the Into The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Find the cover at the back to load the Instax Mini Instant film pack into the camera. To unlock the film compartment, gently press the latch while securely holding the camera in your other hand.

Now place the film pack inside the case, lining up the yellow line on the cartridge with the one on the camera. Please do not press the film pack, or you can damage it.

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Close the door until you hear the latch click into place. Minimize film exposure from external elements and keep away from direct sunlight as you load the pack in the Mini 11.

Once the film is in, do not open the compartment again.

If you do not have a new camera and are looking to replace a used film pack, check the shot counter at the back, it will show the number of shots left and if you need a cartridge inside.

If you need to confirm that a film is inside the compartment, look at the film confirmation window, which will be yellow.

Removing The Instant Film Cover From Instax Mini 11

Once the film pack is inserted, turn on the camera by clicking the on/off button beside the lens. As you do so, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11’s lens barrel will pop out, indicating your camera is turned on.

The first ” shot ” is blank when you have a new film pack inside the camera, and the first “shot” is blank. Technically, it is not a shot at all.

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When you hit the shutter switch once your camera is on, the first blank sheet that ejects from the film slot is the instant film cover protecting it from damage.

Hold the expelled film from the sides and take it out. The counter will move from “S” to “10.”

After the cover is removed, you can start taking pictures. Thus, do not start posing for the first “photo.”

Taking Photos with the Instax Mini 11

Taking photos with the Mini 11 is pretty straightforward. Once the film is loaded and the film cover has been expelled, press the shutter button to take pictures.

Keep in mind that the shutter control will only click once the flash has charged. If the flash lamp is still blinking, it’s still charging.

You can click the shutter control to capture an image once the lamp lights up.

The flash recycles time with new batteries is 6.5 seconds but can be longer with old batteries. To check the framing, look at the subject through the viewfinder.

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However, the viewfinder does not look through the lens like in a more professional camera, like the DSLR. Therefore, there are discrepancies between what you see in the viewfinder and what comes out in the image.

This is much more evident when the subject is at a close range. Once you keep using the camera, you will better understand how the framing works.

When you are happy with the framing, press the shutter control.

The picture will eject from the fil slot. Take it out by holding it from the edge after the sound stops. It will take about a minute and a half for the photo to fully develop.

If the film comes out white, then your film has been exposed to light or heat and has been rendered useless. You will need to insert a new film pack.

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If there is some other malfunction, you can troubleshoot by ejecting the batteries while the camera is powered on and putting them back in again.

Using the Mini 11 is much easier than its predecessor, the Mini 9. Since you do not have to change the exposure, the camera adjusts the flash and shutter speed for you.

Even though the auto-exposure makes it a click-and-go camera, it does curb creative control.

Another problem with auto-exposure is that shooting scenarios with bright and dull backgrounds can be challenging. You cannot turn off the built-in flash which is not necessarily needed in bright daylight when shooting outdoors.

Therefore, when taking photos with the Mini 11, you should expect image quality to suffer in bright and dark scenes, where something like exposure compensation would be handy.

Even though, with colorful subjects and bright backgrounds, the Mini 11 performs better than the Mini 9.

The flash brightens up the scene much better, but it still is no match for a Mini 70, which presents more creative control and has advanced features – albeit for a higher price.

The charm of the Mini 11 is its basicness and fuss-free usage.

The best pictures taken from the Mini 11 will be in moderate lighting conditions and within the effective flash range of 0.3 to 2.7 meters.

Pulling The Lens Barrel Out For Selfie Mode

Taking selfies with the Mini 11 is as easy as taking pictures in normal mode. Switch on the camera by pressing the on/off button next to the lens barrel and pull on it until the “SELFIE ON” mark appears on the extended part.

The shooting range for selfie mode is between 30 to 50 cm, so make sure your face is within the range. However, there is no self-timer.

Use the selfie mirror to confirm the framing of the image and press the shutter. Your selfie will eject from the film slot. Take the photo out after the sound stops and give it 90 seconds to develop.

If you want to use the camera in the normal mode after taking the selfie mode, push the lens barrel in, effectively switching the camera off and turning it on again using the power button.

Taking Close-Up Shots With the Mini 11 Instant Camera

Selfie mode is also suitable for taking close-up shots of various subjects with better clarity.

Pull out the lens barrel until you engage in selfie mode to take close-up shots. Once the mark appears, you can take the image as you would normally.

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We have already discussed the slight difference in image centers, especially at a closer range with the viewfinder.

To rectify this, instead of lining up the mark on the viewfinder to the center of the image, you should aim for the slight upper right corner of the subject to get the perfect centered photo.

Ideal Distances For Instant Photography With Instax Mini 11

When taking a picture from the Instax Mini 11, keep in mind that the effective flash range is from 0.3 to 2.7 cm, which provides adequate lighting indoors. Thus, ensure that the subject is at least 0.5 m from the camera for a more distinct shot in normal mode.

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For anything closer than 0.5 m, switch to selfie mode, with a cincher range of 0.3 to 0.5 m.

How To Turn Flash Off on Instax Mini 11?

The Instax Mini 11 is a relatively primary instant camera with more focus on making it user-friendly rather than feature-heavy. Therefore, you cannot turn off the flash in the Mini 11. The built-in flash is automatic and constantly fires, with no option to turn it off.

However, it adjusts itself according to the lighting and the shutter speed.

In more expensive mini cameras, you can shoot in modes where the flash won’t fire or are given the option to turn it off completely. For the flexibility to turn the flash on and off, opt for higher-priced instant cameras like the Mini 90.

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Safety Precautions and Handling When Using The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

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Here are some pointers to keep in mind when using the Instax Mini 11:

  • The camera can produce electric shock because of high voltage circuitry, ensuring it’s not disassembled or touched if the insides are exposed due to mishandling.
  • If you smell something burning, see smoke, or feel the batteries becoming hot, remove them carefully to prevent possible burns or fire.
  • Use the suggested AA (LR6) batteries only. Insert batteries as guided in the manual.
  • Ensure the camera stays dry and your hands are not wet when using it.
  • Using straps other than the one that comes with the Mini 11 ensures its strength compared to the camera weight.
  • Take the battery out and store the camera in a cool, dry place in dormancy.
  • Avoid dust build-up on the viewfinder window by cleaning it periodically with a soft cloth or an air blower. (DO NOT use alcohol or thinner.)
  • Store film in a cool place and use it as soon as possible after inserting it into the camera.
  • Instant films expire; check the date on the package.
  • Keep photos away from intense light and heat.
  • Cutting and damaging film can expose you to black caustic alkali paste, which is dangerous. If touched, wash with water and seek medical help.

Instax Mini 11 How To Use FAQs

How Do I Take Pictures With My Instax Mini 11?

To take a picture with the Instax Mini 11, ensure the batteries and film are inserted. After that, press the power button next to the lens barrel, which will release the lens, indicating the camera is on. The flashlight lamp will blink and then steady itself, showing that the camera is ready to shoot.

Once the flash charging lamp lights up, locate your object through the viewfinder and take a picture using the shutter control. Wait for the ejection sound to stop before taking the ejected photo out of the film slot – it will take 90 seconds to develop. Let the flash charge and light up again before taking another picture.

How To Turn On Instax Mini 11?

To turn on an Instax Mini 11, press the power button next to the lens barrel. Once you press the button, the lens will be released, indicating that the camera has turned on. Now, you can take pictures by clicking the shutter. If the shutter control does not work, make sure the flashlight is not charging and has lit up.

Once done, switch the camera off by pressing the barrel back into the camera body.

Can You Turn The Flash Off On Instax Mini 11?

You cannot turn the flash off in Instax Mini 11 since it is a fairly basic camera in the Fujifilm mini instant camera range. However, the constant firing flash does adjust automatically to various light settings.

If you want an Instax mini camera that allows you to turn off the flash, go for the pricier and more advanced Mini 90.

How Do You Get The Shutter Button On The Instax Mini 11?

The shutter release button on the Instax Mini 11 is right next to the viewfinder on the camera’s front panel. You need to wait for the flashing light to charge and stop blinking to use the button. Once the light is on and steady, you can press the shutter release to take a photo.

The camera comes with two shutter buttons; one glows in the dark and another jewel-like. Double-sided tape is provided to attach the selected button to the shutter control. However, the adhesive usually does a poor job of sticking the button on.

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The Bottom Line

Using the Mini 11 is simple. After inserting the batteries and film, click the on/off button next to the lens barrel to release it and take pictures using the shutter control next to the viewfinder.

To use the selfie mode, further pull the barrel lip. Once engaged, use the selfie mirror to frame the image, and click the shutter to take a selfie.

Mini 11’s straightforward two-button operation makes it a breeze even for beginners.

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I have loved photography from a young age and more recently started experimenting with Instant Cameras from Polaroid and Instax. I also love dancing and hanging out with my friends :)

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FAQs

How do you take good Instax Mini 11 photos? ›

Table of Contents
  1. Take Instant Photos on Cloudy Days for Well-Lit Results.
  2. Don't Photograph Details to Avoid Blurry Shots.
  3. Take a Few Steps Away From Your Subject to Take Sharp Pictures.
  4. Avoid Harsh Contrast to Prevent Unflattering Shadows.
  5. Don't Cover Your Lens or Flash to Avoid Unwanted Distractions.

Is Instax Mini 11 worth buying? ›

If you're a stickler for perfect exposure and critical focus, then this isn't the camera for you. But, if you're after character, simplicity and most of all fun, then the Instax Mini 11 is unbeatable for the money and a recommended buy.

Do you shake Instax Mini 11 photos? ›

Absolutely not! Despite OutKast's advice in his popular song Hey Ya!, you really shouldn't shake your Instax prints as doing so could destroy the chemicals that form the picture. All you have to do is lay it face-down on a flat surface out of the sun, or inside a flat coat pocket, and let it work its magic.

Can we connect Instax Mini 11 to phone? ›

Please install the INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone App on your smartphone before using the printer. If you are using an Android OS smartphone, please search for the INSTAX Mini Link Smartphone App in Google Play Store and install it.

Can you delete photos on Instax Mini 11? ›

This has several advantages when compared to a Polaroid. For one thing, you can simply delete pictures you don't like. You can also perform basic editing functions, and share your pictures on social media.

Why are my Instax photos blurry? ›

If the image is blurry you may be too close to the subject; these cameras have a small range for focal distance at the close up-something like 45cm-1m, check you have the right setting for close up or long distance and vice versa.

Why are my Instax Mini 11 pictures coming out white? ›

This is usually caused when the film door on the camera or printer has been opened after film has been loaded into the camera or printer. Instant film is light sensitive, so should only be exposed to light when a picture is taken, not before.

How do I connect my Instax Mini to my phone? ›

Tap the “Settings” button on the home screen. Scroll down to the “mini Link” icon and tap on the icon. Check that the “Photos”, “Bluetooth” and “Camera” permissions are set as shown below.

How long does Instax Mini 11 take to develop? ›

Once a picture has been taken it takes around 90 seconds to develop, during this time it is important you don't crease, squeeze or shake the film. These types of actions can affect the distribution of film chemicals while the film is developing.

How do you use Instax for the first time? ›

If you've never used an instant camera before, you might feel nervous when the time comes to load your first pack of film into your Instax Mini 9 camera.
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  1. Step 1: Insert batteries into the camera. ...
  2. Step 2: Remove film from the package. ...
  3. Step 3: Place film inside the rear compartment. ...
  4. Step 4: Eject the film cover.
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How many photos can a instax 11 take? ›

Both are powered by a pair of AA batteries housed in a compartment on the grip side and good for around 100 shots, or 10 packs of film. Round the back, the newer Mini 11 sports an embossed INSTAX logo on the rear, but otherwise the film loader remains the same.

Can you use Instax Mini 11 without film? ›

Get the Right Film

If you're going to shoot the Fuji Instax Mini 11, you're going to need film. Specifically, you're going to need Fuji Instax Mini film. Instax Square, Wide, and any Polaroid format film will not work in this camera, as it is a different shape and size than Instax Mini.

Why are my Instax Mini 11 photos dark? ›

Ensure you are not covering the light sensor on the front of the camera, the flash, the lens or the film ejection slot whilst you take your photo. Check that the camera brightness adjustment dial setting is correct for your light situation and that you are not in extreme light (such as looking directly at the sun).

Should you keep Polaroids in the dark? ›

Polaroid film is very sensitive to bright light during the first few minutes of development. It's important to shield your photo from bright light immediately after it ejects from the camera and keep it in a dark place while it develops.

Do you peel Instax film? ›

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.

How do I take good pictures with my instax camera? ›

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  2. Vary your angles. It's all great if you shoot head on – it's a safe angle that just works in most instances. ...
  3. Frame it! ...
  4. Make your subject stand out. ...
  5. Experiment!
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How do I transfer my instax pictures to my phone? ›

・Android 11 or earlier: Tap “Apps & notifications”.
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  1. Make sure the mini Evo is connected to the instax mini Evo smartphone app via Bluetooth.
  2. Select “PRINTED IMAGE TRANSFER” from the playback menu.
  3. Select the image you wish to transfer, press the “+ (function)” button, then start transfer to the app.

Does the Instax Mini 11 need a memory card? ›

Take note. This camera lacks some of the features found on its competitors. For example, you can't save your photo onto a memory card, so you won't have a digital copy, and there's no LCD screen to compose shots in all lights. As it takes Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the cost per print is quite high – from 75p a print.

Can I print from my phone on instax? ›

Pictures stored on a camera connected to a smartphone or tablet via FUJIFILM Camera Remote can be printed on an instax mini Link (available separately). To print using an instax mini Link, you will need to install the instax mini Link app on a smartphone or tablet to which Camera Remote has been installed.

How long can film stay inside Instax? ›

Opened pack inside the camera

We recommend finishing a pack of film within 2 weeks for best results and no longer than 1 month. Some people ask if you have to put the camera (with the film inside) in a dehumidifier. The answer is no don't do that, because it might dry up the chemicals.

How long does Instax Mini 11 battery last? ›

The Mini 11 uses a pair of convenient AA batteries which will last for around 100 shots, but the Mini 70 can shoot for up to four times longer using high-capacity CR2 Lithium batteries.

What happens if you cut Instax photo? ›

Because each Polaroid photograph consists of several layers with chemicals sealed inside, it's recommended that you leave the photo intact. Cutting through the layers will break the seal and speed up the deterioration of the photo.

How do I stop my Instax Mini 11 from being overexposed? ›

Unfortunately, there are no settings to manually control exposure value. The camera has 'Automatic Exposure', which senses ambient light and sets the shutter speed and flash accordingly. You can't disable flash in the Instax Mini 11 and with the auto exposure feature, it results in overexposed images.

How do I make my Instax film last longer? ›

How to Keep Your instax Film Fresh and Protected
  1. Remove your film carefully. It's easy to expose unused film. ...
  2. Store the film in a dry and well ventilated place. The optimal temperature is 5-40 degrees Celsius. ...
  3. Keep your film fresh for long-term storage. ...
  4. Take care of loaded film, too. ...
  5. Preserve your photos.
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How do I clean my Instax lens? ›

Use a blower to remove dust, then gently wipe with a soft, dry cloth. Any remaining stains can be removed by wiping gently with a piece of FUJIFILM lens-cleaning paper to which a small amount of lens-cleaning fluid has been applied. Replace the front and rear caps when the lens is not in use.

Can I reuse Instax film? ›

Yes, a partially used pack of instax film should be fine to re-use in another instax product.

Why is my Instax Mini 11 blinking orange when I take pictures? ›

The orange lights flashing on the front of your mini 11 or mini 9 is your cameras way of telling you it is ready for a battery change! We recommend using alkaline batteries and changing them whilst your camera is in the on position.

Why is the light on my Instax Mini 11 blinking? ›

(Blinking indicates that the flash is charging.)

Can instax camera connect to phone? ›

Like before, the Instax Mini Link 2 works with the company's Mini Link app (free, and works for iPhone and Android) and allows you do basic editing to a photo — such as cropping, adjusting exposure or brightness — before printing.

Does Instax Mini 11 have Bluetooth? ›

A: This device doesn't have bluetooth connectivity, and it doesn't need it to develop pictures, anyways. Just put in the batteries, film, turn it on, and snap pictures with the shutter button. The camera will push out the film and it'll will develop within minutes, you don't need to do anything extra.

Why is my instax not working? ›

The number one reason most Instax cameras stop working is that the batteries need replacing. According to the manual, you can take an average of 100 shots with two new AA batteries (or around 10 rolls of film) so it is worth keeping track of just how many you've used up so that you can avoid any nasty surprises.

Does Instax Mini 11 work at night? ›

mini 11 captures bright backgrounds and bright subjects even in dark scenes.

Should you shake Polaroids? ›

Don't Shake Your Polaroid Pictures

The structure of a Polaroid is a series of chemicals and dyes sandwiched between layers; if you shake your print, there is the off chance you might create unwanted bubbles or marks between some of the layers, causing flaws in the final image.

How do you know when Instax film is empty? ›

There is a small window in the back of the camera that lets you see if the camera is loaded with a pack of film, or if it is empty. When there is a pack of film inside, you should be able to see the yellow stripe of the pack in the window, and when it's empty it should just look dark.

How do you take instax pictures without flash? ›

The bulb mode of instax mini 90 is a new feature in the series. In this mode, the shutter remains open while the shutter button is pressed (maximum 10 seconds). You can take beautiful photos of night views and of room interiors without using the flash, which are difficult to capture with other models.

Do Instax photos expire? ›

There should be an expiration date on the box when you get it. They usually put the quarter of a year, example 3–2021. After that date, the film can still be used until you finish it, but finish it within a year of that date.

Is Instax worth buying? ›

After a new round of testing, we think the Instax Mini Evo is the best instant camera for anyone who wants the most control of their photography. Instant cameras embody the magic of photography: With the press of a shutter button you can capture the world around you and see tangible results in seconds.

Can you save pictures on Instax? ›

The only Fujifilm Instax camera that can save pictures is the hybrid Fujifilm SQ10. All the other Instax cameras are strictly analog.

Do you have to print every photo on Instax Mini? ›

A: No. It's an instant polaroid and instantly prints your pictures. A: This is the same type of film used in Polaroid cameras 20 plus years ago. The picture developed on the film.

Do you have to keep instax in the dark? ›

Even if you open it in the dark, any hint of light will kill the film. Even if you are curious as to if the film is positioned correctly or if there is any film left, ignore that urge because you will 100% ruin your chance of your film developing.

How do I take good pictures with my Instax Mini 11? ›

Table of Contents
  1. Take Instant Photos on Cloudy Days for Well-Lit Results.
  2. Don't Photograph Details to Avoid Blurry Shots.
  3. Take a Few Steps Away From Your Subject to Take Sharp Pictures.
  4. Avoid Harsh Contrast to Prevent Unflattering Shadows.
  5. Don't Cover Your Lens or Flash to Avoid Unwanted Distractions.

Do Instax photos develop better in the dark? ›

Do Polaroids develop better in the dark? - Quora. Yes, although the films do already have protections against daylight or nearby bright lights, but in really bright circumstances, they could still possibly get a little fogging.

Why are my Fujifilm pictures so dark? ›

The number one reason pictures taken with the Mini 9 end up underexposed is because the wrong setting was chosen on the brightness adjustment dial. 95% of the time, your safest bet is to trust the setting the camera recommends, especially if the ambient light is evenly distributed.

How do I work my Instax Mini? ›

Place your Fujifilm Instax Mini film cartridge (make sure the yellow dots on your camera and on the film cartridge are aligned) inside the camera. Replace the film cover. Turn the camera on and press the shutter button to eject the film cover (exposure counter will change from “S” to “10”) from the camera.

What does the orange light mean on Instax Mini 11? ›

The orange lights flashing on the front of your mini 11 or mini 9 is your cameras way of telling you it is ready for a battery change! We recommend using alkaline batteries and changing them whilst your camera is in the on position.

How do you use instax for the first time? ›

If you've never used an instant camera before, you might feel nervous when the time comes to load your first pack of film into your Instax Mini 9 camera.
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Thank you!
  1. Step 1: Insert batteries into the camera. ...
  2. Step 2: Remove film from the package. ...
  3. Step 3: Place film inside the rear compartment. ...
  4. Step 4: Eject the film cover.
5 Aug 2017

How do I take good pictures with my Instax camera? ›

5 tips for better instant photography
  1. Work that light. Light is one of the most crucial aspects of photography – it can literally make or break your photo! ...
  2. Vary your angles. It's all great if you shoot head on – it's a safe angle that just works in most instances. ...
  3. Frame it! ...
  4. Make your subject stand out. ...
  5. Experiment!
2 Jul 2021

How do I make my Instax Mini pictures? ›

A: It's instax film, just use it with proper camera, after the shot, just put it aside then it'll develop automatically in 5-8 minutes.

Why is my Instax Mini 11 blinking red? ›

If the batteries are dead or dying, one of two things can happen: all the lights on the adjustment dial will blink simultaneously or the red lamp will light up beside the viewfinder.

How do you take a selfie on Instax Mini 11? ›

Selfie Mode! Press the power button, and the lens extends automatically. Pull the rim of the lens outward.When you see the “SELFIE ON” mark, it's on Selfie Mode!

How long can you leave film inside instax? ›

Opened pack inside the camera

We recommend finishing a pack of film within 2 weeks for best results and no longer than 1 month. Some people ask if you have to put the camera (with the film inside) in a dehumidifier. The answer is no don't do that, because it might dry up the chemicals.

Does the Instax Mini 11 always flash? ›

There's no way to manually disable the flash, which fires automatically with every shot – whether it's really needed or not. It's because the auto exposure system can now vary the shutter speed between 1/2 and 1/250, so it should be able to capture the right amount of light in all shooting scenarios.

How do you know when your Instax is fully charged? ›

Charging time is approximately 80 to 120 minutes. Battery status can be determined whilst the printer is not connected to the app. Battery status can also be checked whilst the printer is connected to your smartphone via the app. Battery status can be checked with the LED.

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