Instax Mini 9 Tips And Tricks (for 2022)

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Are you looking for Instax Mini 9 tips and 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.

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…

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips and Tricks

Instax Mini 9 Tips & Tricks

How to take a mirror selfie with Instax Mini 9?

Instax Mini 9

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.

To take a mirror selfie with the Instax Mini 9 you should use the close-up lens, hold the camera at full arm’s length, and use the small selfie mirror (beside the lens) to get the right angle and composition. Simply click the shutter button and your selfie will be ready in minutes!

Can I shoot landscape photos with my Instax Mini 9?

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Tips and Tricks Landscape Photo

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.

How to turn off flash on Instax Mini 9?

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!

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

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 overexposed 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, Slightly 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.

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.

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

Fuji Instax Monochrome Film

Yes, you can and the black and white photos look very artistic and fabulous!  Read our full Instax Monochrome film review to learn more.

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

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 minimize 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.

Where can I find an Instax Mini 9 gift set?

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 received 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 color 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.  

Where can I find the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instructions?

If you are having difficulties with using your camera please refer to the Instax Mini 9 instructions you can download a copy here.  The section on troubleshooting is quite useful in case you are experiencing difficulties with your Instax Mini 9.

How to take pictures outside with Instax Mini 9?


When taking pictures outside with the Instax Mini 9 I do not recommend using the “HI-KEY” mode because your photo will be over-exposed.

How to take good pictures with Instax Mini 9?

Hopefully, the tips and tricks in this article will help you to take good pictures with your Instax Mini 9. Here’s a summary of some important points to remember:

1. Shoot landscape photos by rotating your camera 90 degrees
2. Cover the flash with black tape if you want to shoot with no flash
3. Try using Instax monochrome film for nostalgic black and white photos
4. Don’t use “hi-key” mode when outdoors because your photo will be over-exposed
5. Use the double exposure feature to take creative photos

Is there a timer on Instax Mini 9?

No, the Instax Mini 9 does not have a 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.


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 traveling, 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 🙂

29 thoughts on “Instax Mini 9 Tips And Tricks (for 2022)”

  1. Stardust In Waves

    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 😀

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      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

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      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 🙂

  2. 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.

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      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

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      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?

      1. clarisse ann pacis

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

      2. clarisse ann pacis

        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

        1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

          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.

          1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

            Hi Abigale, assuming you have loaded the film correctly (see the video in this article for guidance) then I suggest changing the batteries with new alkaline AA batteries which are both from the same manufacturer and fully charged. Often the issues experienced with the Instax Mini 9 are due to the batteries – even the ones supplied by Instax cause issues with the camera.

          2. Every time I take a photo on my instax mini 9 I comes out but then it’s just white and I’m very upset because I got 2 films and I got the Polaroid on Christmas and I only have one film left????

          3. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

            Hi Tashawna, assuming you have waited for a few minutes after taking the photo to give it time to develop then this is likely an issue due to the photo being over-exposed. The solution is to make sure you use the recommended setting mode on your camera by turning the dial to the illuminated setting.

            If that fails to work you can experiment with choosing one setting “darker” than the recommended to reduce the exposure.

  3. My camera isn’t working I’ve put in the film clicked button as shown on video but the black cover didn’t come out and it’s constanly flashing on front ?

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      Hi Jo,

      Sorry to hear you’re having difficulty with your Instax Mini 9, from your description it sounds like you may have an issue with the batteries, the film slot may be blocked or the film itself is damaged:

      1. Batteries Issue – as you mentioned that the camera is “constantly flashing on front” this may be due to the batteries, sometimes the batteries supplied by Instax do not work well with the camera. I suggest you replace the existing batteries with 2 new AA batteries which should be alkaline and both from the same manufacturer. Obviously make sure they are fully charged too.

      2. Film Slot Blocked – if the film is not coming out of your camera, please check the back cover and film ejection slot (hint: think about when you have a blocked printer which you re trying to fix, it is essentially the same concept). If everything appears to be fine it may be that the film is damaged..

      3. Damaged Film – the film may not be ejecting properly because it is damaged. I suggest you try replacing it with a new film pack if you have already changed the batteries and confirmed the film slot is not blocked.

      If it’s still not working after that I suggest you need to take the camera in to the store for repair. Hope that helps Jo, please let me know how you get on 🙂

  4. I got my instax mini 9 on Christmas and it works great!! Itś my most favorite gift and the photos turn out awesome.I love how it comes out instantly.

  5. Every time i want to take a picture the light adjusts it to the house which always comes out very dark or something lit and everything around it is very dark so how can i take a picture of something inside a poorly lit place(indoor)…which light key do i set it to?? And how can i take a picture of something outside for example i want to take a picture of the sky or Eiffel Tower for example?? Thanks in advance.
    I have the instax mini 9… and can u also tell me what each light key is used for… thanks in advance.

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      Hi Mariam, thanks for sharing the issue your having with shooting in dimly lit conditions let’s see if we can fix that. Firstly, the Mini 9 has the following settings:

      1. Indoors, Night (F12.7)
      2. Cloudy, Shade (F16)
      3. Sunny, Slightly cloudy (F22)
      4. Sunny and bright (F32)

      In a dimly lit environment you can use the indoors setting (which should automatically be illuminated telling you to use that setting) or if that still doesn’t work try choosing “HI-KEY” which will give a higher exposure to the photo.

      For an outdoors setting you should choose the setting which is illuminated as that should be the correct setting. In the event that the photo is too dark or too light you can adjust the setting one from the recommended e.g. If the illuminated dial is “SUNNY AND BRIGHT” and you want a brighter photo then move the dial one darker to “SUNNY, SLIGHTLY CLOUDY.”

  6. yes , i just bought a camera instax mini 9 and everytime i turn on the camera a film autmatically just prints out. and when i do take a picture , it comes out white or the photos have scratches on it .. ive wasted like 12 films already .

    1. Fuji Instax Mini Camera Reviews

      Hi Tila and sorry to hear you are having difficulties with your Instax Mini 9. When you load a new film cartridge it will aoutomatically print out the first page of (blank) film so this is normal. It sounds like sometihng is damaged in your camera if the film is coming out scratched, so I would suggest you bring it to your local Fujifilm dealer or the place where you bought it and ask them to check it out.

      As to the photos coming out white (over-exposed) this may be due to one of the following reasons:

      1. The photo setting is not the correct (illuminated) one, please check when you are taking the photo that you turn the dial to the correct (illuminated) setting.
      2. Damaged film – the film may have accidentally been exposed to sunlight and is therefore damaged before you take the photo
      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.

  7. I just got this as a wedding gift, and have come across an issue! When taking pictures a portion of the picture comes out black! And was wondering why that is?

    1. Hi Gabbie, first off a huge congratulations on your recent marriage! The problem you are experiencing may be for a few reasons and it’s hard to be sure which one without seeing the actual photos, but let me give you some possibilities which should guide you in the right direction..

      1. Check the shutter is fully opening (this may be blocking part of the photo)
      2. The film may have been damaged due to exposure to heat/sunlight or by touching the area you are not supposed to while loading the film. You may wish to try carefully putting in new film to your Mini 9
      3. You may have issues with over-exposure but I think this is unlikely since some of the photo is developing.

      Good luck resolving the issue, please let me know how you get on.

  8. Hi! My daughter is so happy having her own camera for the first time and she said Fuji Instax Mini 9 is the best for her. The only thing is that she finds it so hard to open the battery box to pull out the battery when the camera is not in used. Is it alright to keep the batteries inside even she’s not using it for months? Thank you for your reply.

    1. Hi Marl, that’s great to hear that your daughter loves her Mini 9! Ideally she should remove the batteriews if not using it for a few months as they will slowly drain in power but if she finds it really difficult to open the battery box then it should be alright to leave them there. If you do encounter any issues with low batteries then I reocmmend buying high quality AA batteries (both from the same brand) as this can significantly improve the performance of the camera. Have fun taking instant photos 🙂

  9. HI! Just wanna ask
    I got a mini 9 and when i wanna set the level of light and try turning camera dial to other modes but the red light still on at indoor mode. I wonder that is there any problems or the red light doesn’t affect mode? Or it takes a while for red light that change into other modes? But i adjusted it and waited a bit but still did not work, many timestimes
    Thank you for reply

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