Instax Mini 11 review

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 takes over from the Mini 9 as the most popular instant camera you can buy. But what's it like?

Instax Mini 11 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Operation straight out of the box and near instant print gratification is what you’re buying here. The image slowly materialising on a small sheet of light sensitive paper remains a great piece of ‘theatre’ and, as regards the camera itself, there are no complicated features – you simply point and shoot. It’s a shame we can’t disable or adjust flash strength on this ‘auto everything’ model, but for the price such grumbles seem churlish.


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    Inexpensive price

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    Fuss free operation

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    Tons of fun


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    Necessarily bulky

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    Flash can’t be disabled

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    Results hit and miss

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Fujifilm has successfully led the charge the past decade for a return to the joys and gratification of instant cameras. Thanks to cameras like the Instax Mini 11, it’s arguably just as familiar to today’s millennial generation as fellow ‘heritage’ brands like Polaroid. 

Launched in 2020, the Instax Mini 11 doesn’t exactly re-invent the wheel – point and shoot simplicity is very much instant cameras’ raison d’etre after all – so, yes, we can pick this one up, and, once we’ve navigated how to load the film cartridge correctly, begin using it straightaway. A 10-year-old could do the same – which is why is is one of the best cameras for kids

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.