Lived-In Review: Get Artistic With The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Camera
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* Find out how this instant film camera can make photography fun again
* Take instant photos anytime with the Instax Mini 90’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery
* User-friendly dial and button controls make the experience even better

We rely on our smartphone cameras to capture many of life’s special moments—and for good reason, since phone cameras have upped their quality in recent years. But there’s something to be said about classic film photography that allows you to hold an actual photo in your hand.

The drawback to film cameras, of course, is that they usually require a darkroom for photo development. The process can be messy and time-consuming; gratification is not instant—unless you opt for an instant film camera like the FujiFilm Instax Mini 90, that is.

The Instax Mini 90 combines the look of a retro camera with the features of a modern instant camera. The result: seriously fun photos that you don’t have to wait days, or even weeks, to see.

How It Works

Like most instant film cameras, the Instax Mini 90 has self-developing film with the chemicals needed for immediate photo development, namely emulsion dye and developing dye. Both dyes are housed in a sack at the bottom of each image. When you snap a picture, a chemical reaction sparks the development of the photo.

With FujiFilm’s Instax film, you don’t have to peel off the negative or even wave the photo to finish developing it. As long as the ambient temperature is between 40°F and 100°F, the photo fully develops in as little as two minutes.

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 Noteworthy Features

With its high-performance flash, the Instax Mini 90 automatically detects the brightness in the area you’re shooting, as well as the distance between you and your subject. It adjusts the flash and shutter speed to make sure your images are of the highest quality possible. To capture fast-moving subjects like children and pets, you can use the kids’ mode with increased shutter speed. To capture background images with the same clarity as foreground images, you can use party mode.

With the cool double-exposure mode, you can capture two different images in a single frame to get really artistic with your photos. There’s also a bulb exposure mode that keeps the shutter open for up to 10 seconds, to capture striking evening views and light streaks. For up-close photography, the Instax Mini 90’s macro mode makes tight shooting as easy as can be, too.

If that’s not enough, you can also control the brightness of your photos manually. The creative freedom to use a low-key or high-key effect is quite liberating, especially when you consider the fact that this is an instant camera.

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Why Choose the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90?

The Fujifilm’s feature set and overall image quality are selling points for sure, as is the retro design with stylish leather accents. But perhaps best of all, the Instax Mini 90 is extremely user-friendly. You can switch modes just by rotating the camera’s dial while you look through the viewfinder, or you can use the button and LCD on the back. And unlike other instant film cameras, the Instax Mini 90 doesn’t take disposable batteries—its lithium-ion battery is rechargeable, so you never have to worry about getting caught without power when a photo opportunity presents itself.

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