Instax Mini 20


With its round body, excellent lens and the basic feature set, this instant camera offers the user affordability and acceptable usability.

image from camerapedia

I purchased the Instax mini 20 from a friend because I felt that my Mini 10 was going to be declared beyond repair by the Fuji Technicians after having just bought it second hand. Good thing I did because when the Fuji guys said my Instax was gonna stay dead, I had already reserved the last unit that my friend was selling. Like other Mini’s this edition produces credit sized prints. I use it mostly for special occasions as cartridges are a bit costly by any standard. It’s really a party cam more than anything else. An attention grabber, people always want to pose and see what this round camera can do. Polaroids were never really the rage in my country and familiarity of the technology sort of skipped a couple of generations. So in a way not only is it a fancy old-school camera but a teaching tool to initiate people to the wonders of analogue. I love having friends doodle on the print but in some cases I just add captions digitally for convenience.

It has a built-in auto flash and has two shutter speeds at 1/30 and 1/400 sec. Fuji released a couple of editions released for the 2002 World Cup and some for Sanrio and Puma and some Cheki editions also. It has an LCD for the film counter, long range shooting mark, flash status indicator. There’s a little LED light that confirms changes that you put in via the easy to manage control system. Which comes in handy when shooting in really dark places.

My biggest gripe about the camera is the form factor. Of all the Instax Mini cameras it is the bulkiest. It’s really chunky, the round shape and lack of a dedicated grip to hold the unit makes handling a bit awkward. There were even some cases that there were misfires because I accidentally tripped one of the trigger buttons. I always make sure to use the strap as my stubby fingers might drop my precious camera unintentionally.
For people just wanting to try an instant camera this a good balance between cost and camera capability. It’s one of the cheapest in the line of Mini’s but not any less capable.

written by halfawakehaiku on 2009-01-03 in #reviews


  1. ttrsgirl
    ttrsgirl ·

    cool pics ;) they seem real fun!
    what does the full package contain? i bought a used camera, and i haven't got any film yet :S

  2. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    What I got was just the camera unit, a pair of batteries, and the instruction manual.

  3. h999hu
    h999hu ·

    ขอความช่วยเหลือ ช่วยประกาศหน่อยได้มั้ยคะ

    กำลังหา Fuji Instax Mini 20 สีส้ม ใครเคยเห็นว่าเค้าขายกันที่ไหนบ้างมั้ยคะ เเนะนำหน่อยค่ะ หาทั่วแล้วทั้งในประเทศต่างประเทศผ่านเว็ป เข้าเว็บญี่ปุ่นบางเว๊ปไม่ได้เพราะอ่านไม่ออก ใช้ Google Translation แล้วก้อแปลได้ไม่หมด บางเว๊ปจำกัดแค่คนในญี่ปุ่นเท่านั้น ต้องมีที่อยู่แน่นอน

    ต้องการมากค่ะ และด่วนด้วย แต่ไม่รุ้ว่าปรกติเค้าซื้อ ขายกันที่ไหน มีใครพอเเนะนำได้มั้ยคะ แค่บอกว่าเเถวไหนก้อได้ค่ะจะไปเดินหา จนปัญญาจิงๆ รบกวนช่วยด้วยนะคะ

  4. h999hu
    h999hu ·

    FUJIFILM Instax Mini 20 in Orange.

    Need seriously assistant pls,

    Looking Fuji Instax Mini 20 Orange for anyone who have seen this old model of Fuji Instax Mini 20 Orange. I’ve been search for possible webboard, email to FujiFilm at Headquater, USA, CAN but Some Say No, Some no feedback, Also the Used cam website but honestly I don’t know this website that much.

    I do understand ”Fujifilm Instax Mini 20” model (Orange) has no longer produce for the past few years but it was so important to me. So i would like to ask you incase you have a clearance stock or the demo case available in your office.

    Please kindly help me, it is so much important to me otherwise i would get in trouble by this. i try to find from all possible website or any chance.

    I did tried find all possible way I can think of inbound where I live and abroad through the website. Also in Japan website but I cant read Japanese language and some website was restrict for the Japanese people who live there only. About the language I try to use Google Translation it cannot do for all page.

    if you find one of any website could u please send the link to me to…..

    PLS Help me.

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