Is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 still worth buying?

Purple Instax Mini 9 on a dark background
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Launched in early 2017, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is now approaching its seventh birthday – yet it's still one of the best instant cameras you can buy. In fact, despite owning many newer Instaxes and Polaroids, the Mini 9 is the one I tend to use most often! 

That's partly because the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 comes in this exclusive Clear Purple colorway (along with the similarly exclusive, but less personal proclivity-tickling Clear Pink and Clear Yellow), which I absolutely love. And while the Instax Mini 12 is certainly a newer and, in terms of features, "better" camera, little things like color are actually quite a big deal.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.