Instax Mini 99 review: my first week with the new instant camera

I just got excited about photography again.

Instax Mini 99
(Image: © Beth Nicholls)

Our Verdict

Overall, the Instax Mini 99 is the most advanced instant camera we've seen from Fujifilm to date, offering the perfect blend of creativity with improved control over quality to help you get the perfect shot. While it might lack the hybrid digital elements we saw with the popular Instax Mini Evo, if you enjoy the gimmick of instant photography then it shouldn't matter. The classy all-black design of the Mini 99 is a professional step-up from the Mini 90, and the two new control dials allow for creative effects to be applied before you shoot.

For

  • Two new control dials
  • LCD panel to monitor changes
  • Manual vignette switch
  • Very classy design

Against

  • No selfie mirror
  • Dial settings can shift out of place
  • Instax film is still too expensive

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Fujifilm invited me to London last week for breakfast and a first look at the exciting new Instax Mini 99 instant camera. I've thoroughly enjoyed testing out the new features with this latest Instax, and it trumps my Instax Mini 40 in every way possible. The colour effect dial is a standout feature and fun to experiment with, but my favourite creative element is the double exposure mode.

My first impressions of the Instax Mini 99 were great, the design is gorgeous and I love how it feels to shoot with. It's not too heavy, easy to operate, and it uses a rechargeable battery which is much more reliable than having to use alkaline batteries. Some advice: If you're new to photography, don't be put off by the new control dials. They're easy to use and will help you get better prints. 

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Film Type:Fujifilm Instax Mini film
Print size:62mm x 46mm
Lens:Retractable lens, 2 components, 2 elements, f = 60 mm, 1:12.7
Shooting range:Manual 3-point switching type (0.3m to 0.6m/0.6m to 3.0m/3.0m to ∞) Shooting range: 0.3m to ∞
Film Developing time:Approx. 90 seconds (varies depending on the ambient temperature)
Flash:Automatic flash (automatic light adjustment) Indoor Mode (slow synchro flash), Fill-in flash, Flash off, Red-eye removal
Battery: Battery NP-70S, charged through USB-C
Dimensions:103.5 mm × 117.5 mm × 60.0 mm
Weight:340g
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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Instax Mini 99

Overall, the Instax Mini 99 is the most advanced instant camera we've seen from Fujifilm to date, offering the perfect blend of creativity with improved control over quality to help you get the perfect shot. While it might lack the hybrid digital elements we saw with the popular Instax Mini Evo, if you enjoy the gimmick of instant photography then it shouldn't matter. The classy all-black design of the Mini 99 is a professional step-up from the Mini 90, and the two new control dials allow for creative effects to be applied before you shoot.

Beth Nicholls
Ecommerce Writer

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.