Can you take black and white photos with Fujifilm Instax Mini?

Can you take black and white photos with Fujifilm Instax Mini?

Options, options, options

As far as instant cameras go, both models of the Fujifilm Instax Mini are delightful, accessible, and offer a ton of fun ways to experiment. If you're on the fence about purchasing one because you're unsure of the versatility, rest assured that there are many film options for you to choose from. These include Monochrome, standard color (opens in new tab), and films with fun frame options such as Rainbow (opens in new tab), Stained Glass (opens in new tab), Shiny Star (opens in new tab), Macaron (opens in new tab), and more.

The prices on each film do vary a little, but they tend to hover around the $10 range for a single cartridge that includes 10 exposures. It may sound expensive, but it's actually a really affordable alternative to other instant monochrome films like Polaroid's Monochrome I-Type Instant Film (opens in new tab), which will cost you approximately $16 for eight exposures.

Best of all, each Instax Mini film works in exactly the same way, meaning that you don't have to put in any extra effort to get the effect you desire. Whether you're going for the more brooding vibe of a black and white photo or the high-energy party vibe of a color snapshot framed in stars, your needs will definitely be met pretty effortlessly with Fujifilm.

Easy to use

One of the most beautiful parts of Fujifilm's Instax Mini series is its lack of pretension and ease of use. Loading the Monochrome film into the camera is extremely simple:

  1. Open the film pack.
  2. Unlatch the back compartment door on your camera's body.
  3. Place the film gently inside the compartment by lining up the yellow markers.
  4. Close the compartment.
  5. Turn the camera on by pressing the power button.
  6. Press the shutter button to eject the back covering of the film pack.

And you're done! You can begin shooting with your black and white film right away. And remember, don't pop open the back of the camera while a film cartridge is in use — light will damage it!

Tory Foulk

Tory Foulk is a writer at Mobile Nations. She lives at the intersection of technology and sorcery and enjoys radio, bees, and houses in small towns. When she isn't working on articles, you'll likely find her listening to her favorite podcasts in a carefully curated blanket nest. You can follow her on Twitter at @tsfoulk.