Instax Mini 12 review

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 is the latest in Fujifilm's ludicrously popular instant camera range, but how does it stack up?

5 Star Rating
Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 instant camera in green
(Image: © Gareth Bevan)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Fujifilm continues to perfect its most-popular instant camera, with new and improved power and lens controls. The camera has also had some design fine-tuning, with a smaller and more slender bubble-inspired shape. The Instax Mini 12 still provides instant print gratification, with the slow reveal still an incredibly fun experience. Simple to control, just point and shoot, it's a shame the flash still cannot be disabled, but the new auto exposure system produces some consistent results.


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    Very affordable

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    Simple to use

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    The most fun in photography


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    Still a little large

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    Flash can’t be disabled

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    Not always consistent

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Fujifilm has successfully pioneered a renaissance of instant film cameras, while hugely popular in the 80s and 90s, instant cameras almost went extinct in the age of cheap and ubiquitous digital and phone cameras. In recent years though, instant film cameras have found a new audience with a social media-minded younger generation, for their instantly shareable and charmingly imperfect photos.

Fujifilm has released several generations of the Instax Mini, with the most recent iteration, the Instax Mini 11 launching in 2020. Less of a revolutionary upgrade each time, and more of a fine-tuning of what came before, the Instax Mini is famed for its affordability, ease of use, and mostly its fun immediate gratification from its small instant prints. 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.