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How does film get developed on Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?

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How does film get developed on Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?

Best answer: Your Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 film gets developed automatically and instantly after you shoot your image. The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is an instant camera, meaning that all you have to do is aim, shoot, print, and wait, thanks to the convenient and easy-to-install film.Amazon: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 (opens in new tab) ($55)

A quick and efficient way to shoot your photographs

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 works with a film that has ink embedded into the paper/prints themselves, making it clean and convenient to use at home or on the go. This type of film is called Integral film and is super easy to install and print.

Integral film works because it contains layers of dye that are compressed into a single sheet that's ready to be printed one you aim and shoot. The chemicals that allow the photo to develop on the sheet are at the bottom of the film, hence the wider bottom border on the paper. These chemicals are activated once the film is pushed out of the camera after you snap your photo.

Some instant cameras require you to shake your image or peel off an additional layer in order for it to develop, but that's not something you have to worry about with the Instax Mini 9. Instead, just install your film, aim, shoot, print, and enjoy!

Why buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 remains one of the most popular instant cameras on the market because of its ease of use and price. Featuring a selfie mirror and Macro lens for close-ups, the camera is ideally suited for those looking for a retro camera experience refreshed for the 21st century.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.