Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips & Tricks

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips and Tricks

Instax Mini 9 Tips & Tricks

Are you looking for Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 tips & tricks?  Today I will share with you tips on how to get the best out of your Instax Mini 9 camera and answer some of the most common instant photography queries that I receive from readers and fellow instant camera enthusiasts.

Before we get started, you may wish to take a few minutes to look at the following articles and reviews:

If you are new to instant photography or are not familiar with the basic functions of your Fuji Instax Mini 9 then please take a few minutes to watch the following video and familiarise yourself with the basic functions of your Mini 9:


Okay, let’s jump right in and look at some of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 tips and tricks…


Q1. Can I take selfies with my Instax Mini 9?

A. Yes, the Instax Mini 9 has been upgraded from the Instax Mini 8 to include a selfie mirror which helps you frame the shot before taking your selfie.

However, it is worth noting that the Instax Mini 9 does not have a self-timer which can be very handy when trying to take a group portrait shot of your family or friends without leaving somebody out to take the photo.  If you are looking for an instant camera with a self-timer you can consider the Instax Mini 70 or Instax Mini 90.


Q2. Can I shoot landscape photos with my Instax Mini 9?

A. They say a picture speaks a thousand words! Yes you can shoot in landscape mode with your Mini 9, all you have to do is rotate the camera 90 degrees and take your photo.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips and Tricks Landscape Photo



Q3. Can I turn off the flash on my Instax Mini 9?

A. No, the flash is an automatic setting on the Instax Mini 9 and therefore cannot be switched off.  One great tip I received recently from a reader was to cover the flash with black tape if you wish to shoot with your Instax Mini 9 and have no flash – I found this most useful when I want to take a photo of myself towards a mirror because with the auto-flash the picture is always over-exposed and not usable however once I covered the flash with a small piece of black tape it works perfectly!


Q4. Should I always use the recommended exposure setting on my Mini 9?

A. Good question! The automatic setting selection is a great feature of the Instax Mini 9 and most of the time it does a good job of choosing the best setting for the level of light exposure in which you are shooting.  That being said, there are times when you will see that the photo is under or over exposed in which case you can experiment with choosing a different setting:

Overall, I have found that the Sunny, Slightly Cloudy mode gives the best photos with the Mini 9. What I like about this setting is that it gives a well balanced photo with good detailing in both the foreground and background

If you find that your photos are coming out too dark, try turning the dial down one click e.g. if the illuminated setting is Sunny and Bright try changing the setting to Sunny, Slighty Cloudy.

Similarly, if your photos are too bright try turning the dial up one click e.g. if the illuminated setting is Sunny, Slight Cloudy try changing the setting to Sunny and Bright.


Q5. How can i capture great indoor photos with my Instax Mini 9?

A. When shooting indoors with your Mini 9, I recommend only taking photos in a room that is well-lit.  If this is not possible you can try turning the camera dial to HI-KEY mode to increase the exposure of the photo.

Note that I do not recommend using the “HI-KEY” mode when shooting outdoors becuase your photo will be over-exposed.


Q6. Can I take black and white photos with my Instax Mini 9?

Instax Mini 9 Tips

A. Yes you can and the black and white photos look very artistic and fabulous!  Read our full Instax Monochrome film review here.


Q7. Why is my Instax Mini Film so Expensive and How Can I Reduce the Cost Per Photo?

A. The cost of instant film is, arguably, a necessary evil of the beauty and joy of being able to produce your photo instantly and something that our website readers frequently complain about.  Here are a few useful tips to help you reduce the cost of shooting photos with your Instax Mini 9..

  1. Don’t make the same mistake as me which is trying to take pictures into a mirror.  This won’t work because the Instax Mini 9 has an automatic flash so any photo taken into a mirror will always appear too dark
  2. Take your time when shooting with your Mini 9 to minimise wasted film through blurred or poor quality photos
  3. I always buy instax mini film in bulk which saves more than 10% of the per photo cost, not earth shattering but every little helps



Q8. Where can I find an Instax Mini 9 gift set?

A. I was blown away by this gift set, which I recently purchased for my niece (who LOVED it), because it includes an Instax Case plus strap, 2 Fuji albums, 4 filters, a selfie lens, hanging and creative frames, 60 stickers AND a gift box – all for under $20!  The gift set recieved 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon and is getting incredible reviews.

The Instax Mini 9 is a great camera and if you love yours as much as I do then you will want to keep it in pristine condition.  To avoid exposing your Instax Mini 9 to dust, scratches and sunlight while not in use I would highly recommend always using the camera case which not only looks fabulous but is functional too!

You will have lots of fun taking wacky photos with the colour filters and can store photos in the album which could also make a great present for someone special.  I expect this set will sell out soon as it’s super popular and selling fast.  




Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article on Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips and Tricks today, I hope that you have found some useful tips and tricks and would love to hear any neat tips you have discovered while shooting with your Instax Mini 9.

If you would like to get even more great Instax Mini 9 tips then you may like this awesome book by Leslie Cameron which I personally bought and found really useful because it provides some great tips on using your camera AND lots of creative ideas for using your Mini 9 at weddings, when travelling, kids parties plus decoration and gift ideas.

While it was written for the Instax Mini 8, the book is totally applicable for the Instax Mini 9 because the two cameras are almost identical.  It costs less than $5 and is great value!


Please add your own Instax Mini 9 tips in the comments below, so we can share tips and tricks amongst fellow instax mini 9 camera enthusiasts.  Thanks 🙂

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  • Stardust In Waves says:

    Thankkk you! I just purchased the Mini 9 in Ice Blue (LAST ONE IN MY COUNTY HAHA) I am a very experienced digital photographer, so my skills from that help a lot and I’ve taken some RAD pictures with it! But these tips helped with the few issues I had. I messed up a few of them and I don’t want to waste anymore…They’re like 50cents per photo lol 😀

    • Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews says:

      Great to hear you have joined the Instant Camera world and that you found the tips here useful. If you would like to share some photos for us to post on the site please let me know.. Thks

  • Kristine says:

    Got already instax mini 9 and I am so loving it.

    • Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews says:

      Great to hear you like your Instax Mini 9 Kristine, please let us know if you have some photos you would like to share here 🙂

  • Evelyn says:

    How odd looking but with nice functionality camera. I didn`t see this camera before but if you ask me then, this camera can be a great addition to our collection. It is not that expensive and gives us a good output if you are not going to go pro in the field.

    • Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews says:

      Thanks Evelyn, yes the Instax Mini 9 has a bit of a toy-like appearance but in a strange way that kind of adds to the appeal of this instant camera. For those who are more style concious I would recommend checking out the Fuji Instax Mini 90

  • clarisse says:

    hi. i just wonder why my Instax mini 9 does not printing

    • Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews says:

      Hi Clarisse, there could be a few reasons for this (e.g. film slot blocked, damaged film, film incorrectly loaded, film roller malfunctioning).

      1. Can you confirm that you have correctly installed the film into your Instax Mini 9 and there are still some sheets left?

      2.When you take a photo is the film ejecting from the camera or still stuck inside?

      • clarisse ann pacis says:

        when im taking a photo the film is ejecting from the camera but the picture is not printing on the film

      • clarisse ann pacis says:

        yes, i put the film correctly and the film is new. and then when i try it, i tried it for 5x and the film is ejecting but it has no picture / the camera is not printing

        • Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews says:

          Hi Clarisse, thanks for providing some more detail. Here are some possible reasons why your Instax Mini 9 camera is not printing on the film and solutions for you to try:

          1. The film is damaged, this could be because it was exposed to direct sunlight or heat, the film is expired or was damaged somehow (this could happen if you opened the back of the camera before all 10 sheets were used). You can try replacing the film making sure to see if that fixes the problem. You can find out how to buy your Instax Film cheaper here.

          2. Your photos may be over-exposed due to the camera being on the wrong setting. Please check when you are taking the photo that you turn the dial to the correct (illuminated) setting

          3. Some Mini 9 users have reported issues with the batteries which are supplied with the camera and by changing them to alkaline batteries they have resolved their printing issues. You may also want to try this.

          4. Make sure that on the back of your Instax Mini 9 camera there is a number and not an “S”. If you try to take a picture while there is an “S” nothing will come out – this doesn’t sound like the issue you are having but I thought to mention it anyway for other readers.

          I hope that helps Clarisse, let me know how you get on.

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