Fujifilm Instax Mini 26

Fujifilm Instax Mini 26

Instax Mini format | 35mm equiv. F12.7 lens | Auto exposure control

What we like:

  • Affordable
  • Simple to operate
  • Included closeup lens
  • Motor-driven focus
  • Small and light

What we don't:

  • CR2 batteries can be hard to find
  • No way to disengage the flash
  • Difficult to frame closeups
The Instax Mini 26 is one step up from Fujifilm's entry-level instant camera. It offers more intelligent exposure control than its budget counterpart as well as better focus versatility while coming in at a smaller size and a lighter weight.
The Mini 26 is about average size for Instax Mini camera - you probably can't fit it in a pocket, but it's light and compact enough to easily be carried in a bag or purse. Built of plastic, the camera feels well-constructed and sits comfortably in hand. The body offers both a front-facing shutter release for vertical photos and a top-plate shutter release for horizontal photos. It's powered by two CR2 batteries which should provide power for about 300 shots (30 film packs).
We found using the Darken mode with the fill flash provided the best image quality for portraits
The Mini 26 ships with a close-up lens attachment for shots as near as 35 cm / 1.1 ft - it is best used with the selfie mirror, as framing close-up through the viewfinder is tough. Other features include a fill-flash mode, a landscape mode, as well as a lighten/darken feature (more on that below). A small LCD window on the back displays which mode is chosen as well as the number of remaining shots.
Unlike entry-level Instax cameras, the Mini 26 has a variable speed shutter (1/3 - 1/400 sec), which is set automatically. The flash has a max range of 2.5m / 8.2ft. In our testing, we found it tends to do a good job balancing flash output with ambient light. The lens has two motor-driven focus positions, one for normal shooting and one for landscapes, giving it a total range of 0.5m / 1.6 ft to infinity. The lighten/darken modes provide ± 2/3rd-stop exposure compensation. We found using the Darken mode with the fill flash provided the best image quality for portraits.
The Fujifilm Mini 26 hits a nice sweet spot for Instax Mini users. It offers the more advanced auto exposure functionality of it's higher-end siblings in a simple-to-use package.
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