The new Instax Mini 12 is putting Fujifilm’s instant cameras back on the map with added features and returning favorites. Fujifilm users are excited to capture more great memories with the bubbly film camera that has a uniquely fun feel and funky design. Like the Instax cameras before, the new Instax Mini 12 has a wide array of available colors (mint green, pastel blue, blossom pink, lilac purple, and clay white) and produces good-quality images in seconds. We’ll cover what new and improved capabilities have been added and what old features were carried over from the Instax Mini 11.
|Specs||Instax Mini 12||Instax Mini 11|
|Film||Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film||Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film|
|Photo Size||62mm x 46mm||62mm x 46mm|
|Lens||2 components, 2 elements, f = 60 mm, 1:12.7||2 components, 2 elements, f = 60 mm, 1:12.7|
|Viewfinder||Real image finder, 0.37×, with target spot, features parallax correction for Close-Up Mode||Real image finder, 0.37x, with target spot|
|Shooting Range||0.3m and beyond||0.3m and beyond|
|Selfie Mode||Yes (Use for 0.3 to 0.5m range)||Yes (Use for 0.3 to 0.5m range)|
|Shutter||Programmed electronic shutter 1/2 to 1/250 sec. Slow synchro for low light||Programmed electronic shutter 1/2 to 1/250 sec. Slow synchro for low light|
|Exposure Control||Automatic, Lv 5.0 to 14.5 (ISO 800)||Automatic, Lv 5.0 to 14.5 (ISO 800)|
|Film Development||Approx. 90 seconds||Approx. 90 seconds|
|Flash||Constant firing flash (automatic light adjustment), recycle time: 7 seconds or less (when using new batteries), effective flash range: 0.3 to 2.2 m||Constant firing flash (automatic light adjustment), recycle time: 6.5 seconds or less (when using new batteries),effective flash range: 0.3 to 2.7m|
|Power/Batteries||2 AA alkaline batteries (LR6), capacity: approx. 10 Instax Mini film packs of 10 exposures each||2 AA alkaline batteries (LR6),capacity: approx. 10 Instax Mini film packs of 10 exposures each|
|Dimension||104 mm×66.6 mm×122 mm||107.6mm × 121.2mm × 67.3mm|
|Weight||306 g||293 g|
Like its predecessors, the Instax Mini 12 has a stylish retro design that brings a fun appeal to every photo shoot. Although they look identical at first glance, when comparing the Instax Mini 11 vs 12, the Mini 12 is slightly boxier, whereas the 11 leans into a more curvy look and feel. Interestingly, both cameras give off a thicker bugling aesthetic than a traditional point-and-shoot, yet, they aren’t too cumbersome. Fujifilm Instax Minis are designed ideally to be great for travel and capturing on the go. Regarding size and dimensions, the Mini 12 weighs about 306g and is 104mm x 66.6mm x 122mm. While the Mini 11 isn’t too far behind at 293g and 107.6mm × 121.2mm × 67.3mm (LxWxH).
The Fujifilm Instax Mini cameras take a pair of commonly found AA batteries and are hassle-free to change. In addition to this, they each contain a 0.37x real image viewfinder for an improved framing and capture experience. However, the Mini 12 also has a parallax correction component to improve centering frames on close-up shots.
Film for Instax Mini Cameras (Film Size)
Unsurprisingly, like the Instax Mini 11, the 12 is also compatible with Fujifilm Instax Mini film, delivering an excellent blend of color tones and clear pictures. Each camera requires around 90 seconds for the film to develop and produce 62mm x 46mm photos. Film photos are a great way to have fun personalizing your bedroom, decorating the fridge, or crafting a photo album filled with exciting memories.
Camera Modes & Performance
One of the more prominent changes with the Instax Mini 12 is the built-in twist lens function. Unlike the Mini 11, which requires you to push a button to access the lenses, the Mini 12 functions similarly to a digital camera by requiring users to twist the lens. This improved capability allows you to easily turn the camera on and off and access the close-up mode when you rotate it again. Close-up mode is a popular feature for subjects within 30-60cm of the lens for better-quality personal shots. Besides that, both camera lenses contain two components and two elements, with an impressive 60mm lens (1:12.7) and a focusing distance of .03 meters.
Another popular feature Fujifilm brought back is the well-liked selfie mode. Each camera also has a programmed electronic shutter for well-exposed shots at 1/2 to 1/250 seconds. Additionally, they share the slow synchro flash feature to capture more dynamic and well-exposed photos in low-light conditions. Regarding flash, the Mini 11 uses a constant firing flash (automatic light adjustment) with a recycle time of 6.5 seconds or less. The Mini 12 also has a constant firing flash, and a recycle time of 7 seconds or less.
Another exciting new feature is the INSTAX UP app, designed to scan and store your photos all in one digitally. This app will also allow you to share your photo memories, building upon the already significant social element Instax Minis provide. Ironically, the pull for instant cameras is the practice of creating tangible film photos you can hold on to and share. However, this added feature gives users a better experience accessing film and digital tools when saving memorable moments.
Although the Fujifilm Instax Mini camera features come nowhere close to that of a digital camera, they are addictingly fun cameras to use and appreciate. Straying away from the standard by using film in a digitally saturated world is a refreshing way to enjoy photography. In conclusion, when comparing the Mini 12 vs 11, the successor camera has more than enough noticeable improvements that make it the better choice of the two film cameras and at a great price range too. Both Fujifilm Instax cameras are great for capturing social gatherings, brunches, a day out with friends, and travel photos on vacation.
What do you like most about the Instax Mini 12, and what colors are your favorite?