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Instax Mini 12 Review: Should You Buy It?

by Evelyn Addison — 8 months ago in Review 2 min. read


  • Improved one-button operation
  • Selfie mirror and close-focus support
  • AA battery power


  • No tripod socket
  • No double exposure


Instax Mini 12 Specs

Dimensions 4.8 x 4.2 x 2.7 inches
Weight 0.64 lb (290 gram)
Type Analog

Instax Mini 12 is the latest iteration from the FujiFilm to its mini series. The Instax mini 12 ($79.95) is an affordable line-up of polaroid cameras brought by the company for budget-oriented photographers.

The Instax Mini 12, a successor to the most popular mini 11 camera, being improved and cluttering a host of features.

The most talkative thing about Instax mini 12 is its bright images with automatic exposure and brilliant close-up shots.

Here’s my full review of Instax Mini 12 with features, performance, and user experience.

Design and Ergonomics

Instax mini 12 comes with a big change in product design. Compared to its predecessor, the instax mini 11, the new iteration has a more ergonomic design and adaptability.

As I used it for a week, handheld, it feels good and pretty impressive. The placement of the lens, viewfinder, and flash are in perfect place and just working fine.

Key Features

Automatic Exposure and Selfie Mode: The Instax Mini 12 features automatic exposure, eliminating the need for manual adjustments. This makes it ideal for beginners who want hassle-free photography. The camera also includes a dedicated selfie mode, enhancing close-up shots by optimizing focus and exposure settings, thus resulting in crisp and well-lit self-portraits.

Built-in Flash and Lens Attachment: The camera comes with a built-in automatic flash that adjusts its output based on the lighting conditions. Additionally, a close-up lens attachment is included, allowing users to capture detailed shots at close range, adding versatility to the camera’s capabilities.

Film Compatibility and Prints: Like other Instax Mini models, the Instax Mini 12 uses Instax Mini film, producing instant credit card-sized prints. The prints develop rapidly, offering a tangible and shareable memory to enjoy in moments.

Performance and Image Quality

The Instax Mini 12 is powerful and incubates more features than its predecessor, for instance; Instax mini 9 and 11 series.

Talking about performance, it has a bigger battery that gives you long hours for shooting. The exposure system also works perfectly in daylight but somewhere struggles in dark lights.

Image quality, on the other hand, in Instax Mini 12 is superb, thanks to improved technology and sensor FujiFilm used. It takes bright photos, no matter where you travel or what light situation is.

In addition to this, the camera is good at taking photos from both rear and front. The associated functions also work perfectly.

User Experience

The Instax Mini 12 shines in its user-friendliness.

An improved automatic exposure system and dedicated selfie mode take the great shots, making it perfect for casual users and beginners.

However, it’s essential to acknowledge that the Instax Mini 12 doesn’t offer manual control or advanced features found in more professional cameras.


The Instax Mini 12 is a delightful choice for anyone seeking a fuss-free way to embrace the joys of instant photography.

Its automatic exposure system, selfie mode, and user-friendly design make it an excellent option for beginners, families, and social gatherings.

And not forget to say, a perfect birthday gift for kids as well.

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Evelyn Addison

Evelyn is an assistant editor for The Next Tech and Just finished her master’s in modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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