Fujifilm Instax Mini 11

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11
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Instax Mini format | 35mm equiv. F12.7 lens | Auto exposure control

What we like:

  • Easy-to-use
  • Small and light
  • Runs on AA batteries

What we don't:

  • Flash always fires
  • No cool creative modes
  • Lacks exposure compensation
  • Mechanism to engage 'Selfie Mode' feels fragile
The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is the easiest-to-use entry-level instant camera that takes Instax Mini film. It builds upon the design of the entry-level Mini 9 by adding better auto exposure and a dedicated selfie mode.
The Mini 11 is constructed of hard plastic and feels well-built. It's a bit chunkier than some of Fujifilm's higher-end Mini models like the Mini 70 and 90, but sits comfortably in hand. Since it's held vertically, the shutter can be accidentally fired. Power comes from two AA batteries which should offer enough juice for up to 100 prints. It comes in 5 fun colors.
The Instax Mini 11 is very straightforward to use, making it a great choice for kids
The camera offers two shooting mode, standard and close-up/selfie. The latter is a bit awkward to activate: users must pull the front of the lens outward with some force. In standard mode, the camera has a focus range of 0.5m to infinity and in close-up mode it has a range of 0.3 to 0.5m. Like most Instax cameras, there's a small selfie mirror next to the lens. And an auto frame counter keeps track of shots left.
The Mini 11 has variable shutter speeds ranging from 1/2 to 1/250 sec and a flash range of 2.7m / 8.85ft. It does a good job balancing ambient light with its flash, even in low light. Like most Instax Mini cameras, the Mini 11 produces its best images in bright/moderate lighting conditions with subjects at relatively close distances. The flash always fires, which can be annoying in daylight and subjects shot at infinity look a tad soft. There is no way manually control any aspect of the camera's exposure.
The Mini 11 is best-suited for those seeking an Instax camera they can simply point-and-shoot with the expectation of decent results. And while there are more feature-rich Instax Mini options available for about the same money (some with slightly better image quality), none are as straight-forward to operate.
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