Instax Mini 40 is the most stylish instant camera around – and it's only $100

Instax Mini 40
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

UPDATE: The Instax Mini 40 has been officially announced, featuring a retro design that captures hipster chic, along with new 'Contact Sheet' Instax Mini film that's an homage to classic film photography.

The Instax Mini 40 is identical in specs to the Instax Mini 11, and is described by Fujifilm as "the Instax series’ new entry-model". Like the Mini 11 it features an Auto Exposure function (that effectively drags the shutter for more ambient illumination rather than black backgrounds) and Selfie Mode, for close focusing when shooting close-up shots and self-portraits. 

  • Film – Fujifilm Instax Mini instant film
  • Photo Picture Size – 2.4 inch × 1.8 inch (62 mm × 46 mm)
  • Lens – 2 components, 2 elements, f = 60 mm,1:12.7
  • Viewfinder – Real image finder, 0.37×,with target spot
  • Shooting Range – 11.8 inch (0.3 m) and beyond (use selfie mode for 11.8 inch (0.3 m) to 19.7 inch (0.5 m))
  • Shutter – Programmed electronic shutter 1/2 to 1/250 sec. slow synchro for low light
  • Exposure Control – Automatic, Lv 5.0 to 14.5 (ISO 800)
  • Film Ejection – Automatic
  • Film Developing Time – Approx. 90 seconds (varies depending on the ambient temperature)
  • Flash – Constant firing flash (automatic light adjustment), recycle time: 6.5 seconds or less (when using new batteries),effective flash range: 11.8 inch (0.3 m) to 8.9 ft (2.7 m)
  • Power Supply – Two AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6),capacity: approx. 10 Instax Mini filmpacks of 10 exposures each * Manganese batteries cannot be used.
  • Auto Power Off Time – After 5 minutes
  • Other – Includes film counter and film pack confirmation window
  • Dimensions – 4.09 inch × 4.76 inch × 2.56 inch (104 mm × 121 mm × 65 mm)
  • Weight – 330 g (without batteries, strap, and film)

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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.