At first glance, it can be hard to see the differences between the Mini 8 and Mini 9. Both are great cameras, 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 article will cover the 4 differences between the Instax Mini 8 vs 9.
1. Camera Colors
The biggest difference between the Instax 8 and 9 is the colors that the cameras are available in.
Each camera was released in 5 different colors. Additional and special edition colors were added after the cameras were released.
Mini 8 Colors
- Hot Pink
- Margarita Green
- Vivid Orange
Mini 9 Colors
- Cobalt Blue
- Flamingo Pink
- Ice Blue
- Lime Green
- Smokey White
- Aqua Turquoise
- Tile Blue
Even More Special Editions
Special edition colors were released through 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.
Colors the cameras come in. Mini 8 now has discontinued colors.
2. Included Close Up Lens
The Mini 9 comes with a close-up lens. For the Mini 8, it was an accessory that could be purchased later.
The closeup lens that comes with the Mini 9 is backward compatible with the 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 use.
3. Selfie mirror
The Instax 9 has a selfie mirror built into the front of the lens. 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.
Both cameras can be bought new for around $50. Special edition or popular discontinued colors can cost more.
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.
Paying twice as much for a discontinued special edition may not be worth it.
Not Different - they both use the same Instax Mini film.
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?
Buy the camera color that you like the most. The differences between the cameras are not large enough to favor one over the other.
Color matched camera cases are available for both. Mini 8 cases are going to be more difficult to find because the cameras are discontinued. However, the 8 and 9 will fit in the same cases.
Yes. Both cameras use Instax Mini Instant Film. 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.