Should you buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?

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Should you buy the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9?

Best Answer: Yes! If you enjoy photography as a hobby in any way, shape, or form, then the Instax Mini 9 is a fine addition to your arsenal of cameras. You'll get the nostalgia factor of Polaroid cameras from back in the day, and there's something so satisfying about the instant gratification you get from a quick print of a fun shot. Plus, it comes in a ton of fun colors.Amazon: Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Lime Green (opens in new tab) ($56)Amazon: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film Twin-Pack White (opens in new tab) ($15)

Why an instant camera in the age of digital photography?

I know what you're thinking: You have a smartphone with a powerful camera that you can carry in your pocket, so why would you want an instant camera to carry around?

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While our iPhones and Android smartphones are great cameras, it's not the same as having a Polaroid-like camera with a classic twist. For many, the satisfaction with an instant camera is not the end result, but the fun involved with getting the snapshot and then watching it develop onto a print right before your eyes.

Sure, you need to get the shot "perfect" since there's only one chance for every print (and it's not cheap), but part of the fun is the setup. Plus, even if you mess up or it's not perfect, it's still a memory that you can laugh about later down the road. These are the best kinds of memories, honestly.

So what colors does the Instax Mini 9 come in?

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 comes in five basic colors that are available at all retailers that sell the camera: Cobalt Blue, Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, and Smokey White.

There are also four colors that are exclusive to specific retailers. You can find Smokey Purple (opens in new tab) and Mint Green (opens in new tab) at Best Buy. Urban Outfitters also exclusively carries Marigold and Lavender (opens in new tab).

How much does the film cost?

While the camera itself doesn't cost too much, the film that it uses ends up costing more in the long run.

For the Instax Mini 9, all film comes in packs of 10 sheets per pack, and cost about $1 per sheet, depending on the kind you get. The basic white film usually starts around $13-$14 a pack, but you'll often find it in twin-packs for about $20 or less if it's on sale. Different color options, such as Monochrome B&W, Rainbow, and limited edition designs are slightly more expensive.

It's best to keep an eye out for sales and deals on film for the Instax Mini 9, and then stock up then. Sites like Thrifter are great for this.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.