At first glance, it can be hard to see the differences between the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and Mini 9. Both are popular instant cameras that come in a variety of colors, but one may be better suited to your needs.
The Mini 8 was released in November 2012. In April 2017, the Mini 9 was released with some small updates. This comparison will cover the differences between the Instax Mini 8 vs Instax Mini 9.
Instax Mini Camera Colors
The biggest difference between the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and Instax Mini 9 is the color selection the cameras are available in.
Each instant film camera was initially released in 5 different colors. Additional and special edition colors were added after the cameras were released.
Instax Mini 8 Colors
The Instax Mini 8 came in a total of 10 color options. There were 5 colors on release and then new colors were add later through special edition releasees.
Instax Mini 8 Original Colors
Mini 8 Special Releases
- Hot Pink
- Margarita Green
- Vivid Orange
Instax Mini 9 Colors
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 has more interesting names for the new colors. Other than the difference in color, the Mini 9 also has a selfie mirror.
Instax Mini 9 Original Colors
- Cobalt Blue
- Flamingo Pink
- Ice Blue
- Lime Green
- Smokey White
Mini 9 Special Releases
- Aqua Turquoise
- Tile Blue
- Disney Frozen II
Even More Instax Cameras
Fujifilm made many limited edition instant cameras that were released through retailers such as Urban Outfitters, Michaels, and Amazon.
There are also cameras that have designs featuring Minnie Mouse, Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and one shaped like a Minion from Disney's Despicable Me.
Lens and Shutter
The camera lenses are either the same or very close to one another. The 60mm focal length with a minimum focus distance of 0.6m is the same for both camera models.
The shutter speed for both is fixed at 1/60th of a second. The shutter button is located in the same position on both cameras.
Exposure modes are controlled by rotating the front of the barrel to an image of the lighting conditions. If you don't want to do that, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 has auto exposure among other features.
Neither model has a tripod socket, which is disappointing.
Both Instax Mini cameras take 2x AA batteries. You should expect to be able to take around 100 instant photos with flash with one pair of alkaline batteries.
AA rechargeable batteries can also be used. These have the benefit of being able to be charged between uses so you don't have to worry about the batteries dying.
When the camera is not in use, take the batteries out. Given enough time most AA batteries will leak and corrode the battery contacts, ruining the camera.
Included Close Up Lens
The Instax Mini 9 comes with a close-up lens attachment. For the Mini 8, it was an accessory that could be purchased later. The adapter will shorten the focus to 35 cm, allowing you to take close-up photos.
The close-up atachment that comes with the Mini 9 is backward compatible with the Instax Mini 8. You can also find third party closeup lenses for sale at Amazon, eBay, and other stores.
Having a close-up lens is not a big deal. Due to the parallax error, where the viewfinder shows a different image that what the lens will capture, they are difficult to accurately frame a close-up photo with.
Fujifilm Mini 9 Selfie Mirror
The Instax 9 has a small selfie mirror built into the front of the lens barrel. I have found the mirror to be of minimal use because the camera is difficult to hold and take a selfie with.
Neither camera has a self-timer, so you can't setup the camera and use the selfie mirror to frame yourself. It is nice that it is there, but it is not a must-have feature.
Another design change is the slight difference in shape of the cut out for the optical viewfinder, but what you can see from both is the same.
If you want a camera with a selfie mode and auto exposure modes and a electronic shutter take a look at the newer Fujifilm Instax Mini 11.
Mini 8 vs Mini 9 Price
Both cameras are discontinued, but can still be bought new for around $50. They can be purchased used for half that price, though you may be limited in your choice of colors.
Desirable colors or special designs can end up being difficult to find and expensive. For instance the Instax Mini 8 that is shaped like a Despicable Me Minion routinely sells for more than $100.
The best thing to do is to look at the prices for several different colors. A few dollars difference in price is worth it for a color you like better.
The two different models use the same Instax mini film. That means you don't have to worry about film compatibility if you want to own multiple Instax cameras in multiple colors.
All of the Instax mini film works the same way. The only difference is that some of the film comes with decorated borders that aren't the standard white.
Which Instax Camera to Buy?
The best option is to buy the camera color that you like the most. The differences between the cameras are not large enough to favor one model over the other.
Color matched camera cases are available for both. Mini 8 cases are going to be more difficult to find because the camera has been discontinued for longer. However, the 8 and 9 will fit in the same cases.
Yes. Both cameras use Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film. Larger packs of film can be purchased to reduce the cost per instant photo.
There is also wide and square format Instax film that are used with other camera models.
If you're looking for an instant camera, absolutely. The fun and engagement you can have with other people cannot be beaten.
Instax prints are higher quality than the only competitor, Polaroid Originals. Instax mini film is also less expensive per photograph than Polaroid Originals.
They start around $50. Prices can vary based on sales, if the camera is discontinued, and the color. Special edition cameras can cost significantly more.
No, they use Instax instant film. The film will begin to develop after it has been ejected from the camera.
Yes. The camera is powered by 2x AA batteries.
No. They are analog film cameras that use Instax instant film.
The first Instax Mini 9's were released in April, 2017.
No, the camera does not have a self-timer. If you want a Instax camera with a self-time look at the Mini 70.
The film will be fully developed within 10 minutes. Colder temperatures will cause the film to take longer to develop.
No, you can not turn the flash off.
The Mini 9 is not a digital camera, so it does not have megapixels. It uses instant film that is ejected from the camera after a photo has been taken.
The FujiFilm Instax LiPlay has a 5-megapixel sensor, microSD card slot, can connect to a smartphone, and turn digital images into Instax mini prints.