The best Instax film designs in 2024

 Instax film designs
(Image credit: Fujifilm Instax / Amazon)

You might already be aware that Fujifilm's Instax prints range has an array of fun designs to choose from in all sizes: Mini, Wide, and Square. These are a great way of not only expressing your personal style as a photographer but also for enhancing the overall aesthetic and vibe of your instant print images too. 

Some of the best Instant cameras might be seen as nothing more than a novelty purchase or a gimmick for some, but if used correctly, they're a great way of displaying your work elegantly in a smaller format and can make for sentimental holiday keepsakes to document your travels, or even for scrapbooking. Instax sometimes collabs with other brands to create fun film designs, like Hello Kitty

I own the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 camera, which uses Instax Mini film, and have previously owned Fujifilm smartphone link printers which use wider and square film formats. Below you'll find my picks of the best Instax film designs, at least in my opinion, for photographers to proudly display and share their images. 

My top 3 picks

More Instax Film options 

Instax Star-illumination Film
Film Type: Instax Square
Price: $20.62 at Amazon

Instax Star-illumination Film
Film Type: Instax Square
Price: $20.62 at Amazon

Give your images a cosmic aesthetic with star-illumination film. Subtle enough to not look tacky, this design is a creative level-up that still keeps things looking smart. 

Instax Black border Film
Film Type: Instax Mini / Wide / Square
Price: $19.99 at Amazon

Instax Black border Film
Film Type: Instax Mini / Wide / Square
Price: $19.99 at Amazon

Black is the new white and this dark border film should be your go-to if not the contact sheet film.  

Instax Monochrome Film
Film Type: Instax Mini / Wide / Square
Price: $7.99 at Amazon

Instax Monochrome Film
Film Type: Instax Mini / Wide / Square
Price: $7.99 at Amazon

Keep things on trend with the monochrome film that Wednesday Addams would no doubt approve of. 

How do I insert Instax film?

It varies slightly depending on which specific Instax camera model or MIni Link smartphone printer you're using, but you need to open up the film and also the back of the camera and simply insert the entire black cartridge into the camera facing down, or so the little yellow tab is facing upright and aligned with the tab on the back of your camera. It's really really easy and takes about 4 seconds. 

The first image you print after loading the film cartridge will be a blank, as the included black card slides out of the top. Be sure to NEVER open the back of your Instax camera if you have unused film still left in there, as these will then become overexposed to natural light and simply turn out white with no image. 

Can I use other brands of instant camera film?

The short answer is no. If you're using an Instax camera then you should also be using Instax film. And if you're shooting with a Polaroid then you should be using Polaroid film, as these two brands are not compatible with each other and there aren't any off-brand alternatives to choose from either. 

What Instax film designs should I avoid?

I can't tell you which film designs not to buy, as it's down to your own personal preferences. But if you want my advice, avoid anything pink, sparkly, with rainbows, or confetti-type film for when shooting professional-style images, and leave the funky designs for your group selfies instead. 

Beth Nicholls
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Beth is Creative Bloq’s Ecommerce Writer. An avid music photographer and previous staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has a keen eye for content and knows just how to create it. Her background working as a tester for CeX has provided extensive knowledge surrounding the latest tech and gaming trends, and she studied Music Journalism too, so you'll probably find her at a gig. Basically, she's a total nerd with a Snorlax tattoo and a Master's degree in Photography, forever wishing she was Peter Parker.