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Fujifilm - instax mini 9 Instant Film Camera - Flamingo Pink-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 5821 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun new version of the 70s Instant Camera

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    IAmBruce
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    My daughter is very big into crafting and making things with her hands. She ran across the 2018 version of the Polaroid Instant Camera while tagging along with me to the local store. The idea of being able to take photos that she can see and share immediately with her friends or use in her crafting was an immediate draw for her. I recalled the fun I had with the original Polaroid instant camera in the late 70s (I still have some of those photos in our family photo albums!) so of course I decided to get one for her. It was going to be a Christmas present but she just had to try it out at the family Thanksgiving event so she got it early. She burned thru one of the two bundled packages of film and we all had a great time. In the era of digital cameras and immediate posting to social media, we enjoyed the pleasure of watching the photos develop while we talked about them and what we would do next. If you want to preserve have some fun wherever you go without taking out your cell phone or tablet, this little camera is a solid choice. You can get it in different colors (she chose pink) and have lots of fun. The only negative thing I have to say is really a warning about the viewfinder. The photos do not quite match up to what you see in the viewfinder for some reason. Once you realize you have to adjust things slightly you will be just fine. Why Fuji did not make the viewfinder work like you would expect I cannot say but its not a reason not to get this if you enjoy having some non-digital fun for a change. Be sure to get an extra box or two of film since once you start you may find yourself burning thru the film faster than you realize.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera If Your Expectations Are In Check

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    KMed
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    So, Since I'm old and lived through the Polariod era, I am a certified expert on this. This camera is fantastic as long as your expectations aren't too far out there. Cons: Most likely the pictures coming out of this thing are going to be under or over exposed, period. This camera isn't going to take good photos, so please don't even expect it to. In the best conditions you'll be left with a photo that looks okay..maybe. Pros: What this camera will do though, is give your child something fun to occupy their time with. They won't care that the photos look mediocre at best. They won't care that the resolution is garbage. They won't even care that they're thumb got in the way of the photo and they can't use iPhoto to edit it out. What they're going to care about is the fact that they are almost instantly available for them to give to a friend, put on a wall or stick in a photo album. That's why you bought this camera, right? If it is isn't, you're probably going to be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun when with friends

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    NJam
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    In an age of cell phone selfies, having an analog picture pop out of a camera is really fun when you're with friends. The camera is a big, bulky contraption but when you have a picture to share with someone, it's worth lugging it around. There's something so different in having a real picture in your hand as it develops in front of you than if you texted a picture. I usually scan the final picture at 1200 dpi, which provides very good detail in a nicely taken picture. You are limited by the quality of the photo, however, which isn't always in focus, or it's not focussed on the main subject, or it's over or under exposed; black shots and white shots, respectively. You won't get 35mm prints, and you have to experiment taking pictures in different light conditions, but it's great for taking pictures of people, and even selfies. Experimenting does cost the price of each picture you take (8/pack), but once I've figured out which locations and lighting conditions work well, I've gotten great candid shots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good camera.

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    Chey
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    (I bought the pink [this one]and blue one so my reviews are practically the same.) The camera itself is nice, works fine, no problems so far. I've had it for about 4-5 weeks now. I have tried this in different rooms and on different settings. Different light exposures too. Pros: It works great. Has four different adjustments on the dial. Has a flash. Prints well. Quick and easy to use. Film is easy too. Comes with battery's and a wrist band holder thing. Cute. Very light weight. Photos are easy to take. Cons: Flimsy. Feels like a kids toy. Turning it on is a process that almost seems like you have to force it on (like it might break). The pictures are a bit dark. It does take a while for the photo to be officially finished. The viewfinder is very very small and hard to see through. Its kinda bulky, ugly in a way. Extra: The actual film is expensive. Make sure to test photos out in the area you will be using it before you do, if used in party's or weddings, ect, the light is very different everywhere. I got mine on sale, I suggest you do too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good camera.

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    Chey
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    The camera itself is nice, works fine, no problems so far. I've had it for about 4-5 weeks now. I have tried this in different rooms and on different settings. Different light exposures too. Pros: It works great. Has four different adjustments on the dial. Has a flash. Prints well. Quick and easy to use. Film is easy too. Comes with battery's and a wrist band holder thing. Cute. Very light weight. Photos are easy to take. Cons: Flimsy. Feels like a kids toy. Turning it on is a process that almost seems like you have to force it on (like it might break). The pictures are a bit dark. It does take a while for the photo to be officially finished. The viewfinder is very very small and hard to see through. Its kinda bulky, ugly in a way. Extra: The actual film is expensive. Make sure to test photos out in the area you will be using it before you do, if used in party's or weddings, ect, the light is very different everywhere. I got mine on sale, I suggest you do too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera to develop vintage looking photos!

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    Michael
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    I bought this for my sister and I've used it sometimes myself. It's a bit bulky and inconvenient to bring around, but I can't complain. The photos come out fairly nice!! The pictures are always clear and come out the way I want. One flaw that I did have with this is that it DOES NOT take great photos in very well lit areas. It works indoors pretty well when it's lit, but if you were to use this at the beach or at the park when it's really sunny, you'll most likely get nothing but white in the picture. HOWEVER, I did find a alternative solution to this! You can use some sort of cloth + your hand to cover up the flash; that's whats causing the white in the photo. When you do that, your photos will come out A LOT better. It's not the perfect solution and it's not the perfect picture, but I'm still fairly satisfied. Other people may have different opinions if they have high expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for a 12 year old

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    Chief
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    I love the retro aspect of this camera and it reminds me of the old throw away cameras I used to use growing up that developed the picture right after the picture has been taken. Offers several color options and helps teach a child what to take pictures of and how bc once the paper/film is gone, the camera is only good to look at bc it’s unusable until you get more film, which also teaches kids about money in a certain way. I think it’s bc they don’t want to spend any of the money they have saved bc it’s NOT that important to the child and something they feel their parent should purchase for them. If it’s NOT important enough for them to spend their money on gettting more film, but will spend their money on a $30 GameStop Card so they can make purchases for their XBOX, PLAYSTATION, or whatever console they have, then is the opportunity to teach them about priorities bc in my opinion it does far more harm than good if a child always gets what they want, NOT need!!! Overall, fantastic teaching tool that I’d think the maker NEVER thought of the advantages and opportunities that this camera offers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    May need to test outside to give higher stars

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    Camerareviewer
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    I read reviews before purchasing and noticed some stated that the camera took dark pictures but I wanted to get one for my 10 yr old son to try out. We have only taken 3 pics with the camera so far and yep, the pictures are too dark. I tried moving the setting dial to correct and it didn't work. I will read the instructions more as I have time and see if I can get it to perform better. I will try to take an outdoor pic to see if we get better results. I had one of the old Polaroid cameras from the old days, with the larger film and so far these new cameras just don't compare. You didn't have to move settings to get the picture to be brighter on the old models. So, I believe the minis have a ways to go to get to the caliber of the old Polaroids. So for now, I give 2 stars because of the work that needs done to get a brighter picture indoors.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best mini camera

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    Floridababe
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    I truly love this small camera, it’s great for travel or for special occasions. I love capturing memories with my husband and son. As far as for product quality i thinks it’s by far the best for small Polaroid like camera. I initially had a small Polaroid but I didn’t like it since it wasn’t accurate for snapping a pic of what I wanted I also ended up with pictures that were horrible and you would get exactly what you were trying to take a picture of. On the other hand this mini camera takes a picture of what I want exactly, and if your trying to take a selfie it also have a small mirror in the front so you can see what your picture will come out like. I definitely recommend this camera for those who just want to capture memories with friends/family or vacations. It’s perfect and it doesn’t take up much space at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cute & Nostalgic

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    rascalone
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    We got this for our daughter who just liked the idea of being able to have instant pictures to either hang up or give to friends. Of course she doesn’t remember the original polaroids which we had when we were young. So it’s nostalgic for us and she loves it. I mean cost wise, the film is an expense that we didn’t have with a digital camera. Only if she decided to get some prints made. But this is instant gratification. And the picture quality is pretty good too. Not as clear and crisp as a digital. But like I said, nostalgic. The prints look like the original Polaroid ones, only much smaller sized. Overall quite pleased with the purchase. The mint color was hard to find and it seemed only Best Buy had it at the time we ordered. It would be nice if they got mint colored cases to match. We had to get that elsewhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use and very stylish

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    Cosiptown
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    The camera is very nice, not a lot of setup, and very easy to use. The price was not too bad but I'm sure will be great buy during holidays. But for only 10 dollars more than mini 8, it has selfie mirror and auto best light detection. We are using for a wedding reception and mirror was necessary. The pictures that we have taken has turned out very good. The biggest thing that is disappointing is it only takes ten pictures but this is similar to a lot of polaroid like cameras. I do wish it has external storage onto a memory card if out of film, more photo capacity, and lower price for film. Overall it is a very good camera but just can't give it a 5.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don’t waste your money

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    Skadoosh
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    I was so excited to buy this for myself especially because I wanted to take memorable pictures with my new pup. As I was getting it ready to finally use it, the film gets stuck! It was SO hard to remove it because it was the black film that covers the light and has a thin paper like film on top that also covers the light from the top. Now the little light setting won’t stop blicking and I read a review that it blinks uncontrollably because either 1) new set of batteries are needed because the battery power is too low.. (now id have to buy a specific # of battery power for it) or 2) there’s a malfunction with a silver thing inside the camera that believes there’s film in there. Another thing is that it doesn’t power on AT ALL. Just buy a phone printer instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Cool, but expensive and poor image quality

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    Frostbyte
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    I bought two of these for my twin girls for Christmas. I thought they would have fun with them... and they did... until they ran out of "film" which was within the first two minutes. First of all the image quality is terrible. The colors lack saturation and the images lack clarity in general. I can honestly say this is one area where technology has not improved the end result at all. I recall the original Polaroid cameras of the past and these images don't even appear to match the quality of those. Now the next disappointment came when I went back to best buy to buy some more "film" I was shocked to find that the cheapest is right about $15 for 20 exposures. Now I'm no math wiz but at $.75 per exposure you could go broke really quickly with these things. I would definitely not recommend buying these cameras. I would save your money and buy a cheaper digital camera instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Take a picture, It may last longer?

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    Longhorn86
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    While the Fujifilm - instax mini 9 Instant Film Camera does exactly what it says it does, there are some frustrations with the camera options. Scene lighting, flash, etc aren't as easily settable as I imagine it could be. Also, film is expensive so this won't take the place of a phone for pictures and is more of a unique picture location. It's fun to use and many people have compliments about how cool it is when you hand them the camera so you don't have to take a selfie. Oh yeah, this does have a mirror for a selfie but that seems strange to do with a big camera. Buy this model if the price is good, but there are better models and makers if this is not on sale

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome camera for what it is

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    Nate
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    We got this camera for my son to take candid pictures with. So far it has been a lot of fun to see his shots with this and the instant photo is great. The quality of the photo isn't the best, but it is an instant photo and it appears better than the old Polaroids. It has a setting ring on the objective that the camera indicates it should be set, and the user is supposed to rotate it to that setting for the best results, something I didn't expect with this camera. It also came with a little detachable lens for close up shots.The camera itself has taken the abuse of a 5 year old and is still trucking. I recommend it for fun, not for hobby or serious photographers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Instant camera for simple shots

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    jakeoregano
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    My daughter wanted this camera to take intant pictures. It does what it is supposed to do. The camera is easy to use. If you are looking for portrait quality though don't bother. This is strictly for taking quick simple pictures. The photos are very small, like 2 inches by 2 inches approximately. The instant photo takes quite a while to develop so you have to be careful with the pic when it comes out of the camera. The photo quality is average. Pictures appear over exposed at times (kind of washed out), and a little blurry too. Film is pretty pricey too. But it is a fun little camera and for those that remember the Kodak One Shots (or whatever they were called), it will be sort of nostalgic. I don't really see the need for something like this any more with digital phones, etc. but it is a good toy for a kid.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Old Memories

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    TheBoss
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    It's great introducing this to younger ppl. I enjoyed buying this as a gift and expressing how or cameras in the old days were as similar to this. The instant film has great quality but eventually the cost adds up. Personally I rather buy a printer and enjoy the investment printing pictures directly from my smart phone from the luxury at home. If you fail to take a picture correctly you just basically wasted a $1 per sheet as a pack of 10 sheets roughly cost you $10.99. Easier and cost effective to choose from your phone what pictures you'd actually appreciate printing to save sheets. The will eventually go out of interest soon in my opinion as they did years ago with the growth in technology.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Memory Overdrive

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    Debbie
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    Create new memories for both the young and old. This a wonderful camera for a first time user and intro to those who have never seen nor used a camera. It produces nosralgia for those older folk like myself or my elder relatives. My elders shared great delight seeing current photos of themselves and being able to take and keep current pics of other holiday guests. Being able to actually see, hold, and post on the refrigerator bought laughter and joy back to everyone in the house. Warning: Older models are still available in some stores. I recommend purchasing only the current model.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool camera for simple photographs

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    OscarGtz
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    I was very excited to get the Instax Mini 9. I've seen many posts of people on social media and the photographs look very cool. I used it for the first time during my birthday party. I was not disappointed with the results. I wasn't expecting an incredible-quality picture, but they actually look very cool. I just believe it is a little bit difficult to understand how it works in the beginning, for example turning it on and off, and how to select the correct lighting settings. I think that the instructions included on the camera should be more clear. Also, the zoom lens is hard to put on. Overall, it's a great and cool instant camera for capturing special moments with family and friends.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best all around instant camera to date

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    RobL
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    this instant camera is the best, beats mini 7 or 8 or other brands,. best features is why, includes close up lens, strap, and adjustable flash in addition to it suggesting it, also has feature for interior low light settings to allow camera to take photo "lighter " with more light, just be careful of setting before snap, these are instant photos which $ add up, also lens recesses automatically, doesnt have a lens cap which can be lost, or nothing which can scratch lens. nice neutral colors and nice mod colors available to suit needs for all. pictures come out great!!

    I would recommend this to a friend