I love the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 – but it isn't a "proper" camera

(Image credit: Lauren Scott)

When it comes to the best cameras for photography that you can buy, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40 is never going to make the shortlist. Released in 2021, it's a clunky point-and-shoot with a knockabout charm – the sort of instant camera that's great for a party piece or a wedding reception, but one that you'd never use to take photos on a professional shoot. 

I'd consider myself (others may disagree) a fairly advanced photographer and during my time as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine I tried and tested every brand of camera out there. Yes, I get excited about new tech, and I'm not one of those people that automatically loves a camera because it looks "retro".

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.