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Camera will not turn on
The camera's batteries might be drained. Check the camera to make sure that there are 2xAA batteries that are fully charged and in the correct orientation within the battery compartment. This my be a simple solution but may be something that is easily overlooked.
Lens not functioning
The lens unit might be stuck. Use the lens release switch to extend the lens. Make sure there is an opening through the lens when viewed from behind. Please refer to our Lens unit replacement guide if the lens unit ceases to function.
General I/O board malfunctions
The camera lens should pop out once the lens release switch is triggered, and a light should appear on the aperture ring to show that the camera is ready to shoot.
Film not developing/ejecting out of the camera
Film slot blocked
If the film does not come out of the camera, check the back cover and film ejection slot. Replace the film cartridge with a new one, but if that does not solve the problem then check if there is anything blocking the photo ejection slot.
The film may not eject properly or get stuck if it is damaged. Avoid bending, excessive pressure, and direct sunlight once the self-developing process begins.
Film incorrectly loaded
If the film cartridge is not inserted properly, then the camera will not work properly. Check the film holder to make sure that it is the correct film and that there is still remaining film in the holder.
Film roller malfunctioning
There is also a mechanical roller in the camera which is used to eject the film from the camera. Once the film is removed, release the shutter to determine if the roller is functioning properly.
Lens failing to open and close
The lens may be failing to open because incorrect eject button is being used. For opening the lens, try clicking the button on the front bottom right of the camera. To retract the lens, make sure there is no blockage around the lens and gently press the lens back into the body.
Lens unit damage
The lens unit may be damaged from drops or wear. If the camera is dropped, then plastic pieces may come off inside the lens unit and jam it to prevent opening and closing of the lens.
Refer to the Lens Unit Replacement Guide for possible fixes.
If there is no image visible through the viewfinder, check the viewfinder to make sure it is not dirty or blocked with any objects. Clean out the viewfinder with a soft microfiber cloth if it is dirty or blocked. Since the viewfinder is very small, it is important to place eyes in a very specific position to see through it.
If the image is distorted or blurry or if there is a visible see a crack in the viewfinder the recommended course of action would be to take the back cover of the camera off and buy a replacement part.
Problems with the flash unit
Check if 2xAA batteries are fully charged and inserted in the correct orientation in the battery compartment.
Check flash unit to make sure the bulb is not damaged or missing
Refer to the Flash Unit Replacement Guide for possible fixes.
Camera flash capacitor
Check the internal flash capacitor to see if it still holds charge. If it's not able to hold a charge, a replacement is necessary. Although this operation requires absolute precautions and safety standards.
Refer to the Capacitor Replacement Guide for possible fixes.
Static red LED next to viewfinder
Miscellaneous camera malfunctions
The red light of death is an occurrence when the camera malfunctions. It usually occurs when the camera has pieces dislodged from a drop or if there are damaged pieces in the camera. If this occurs then we recommend taking the camera apart and locating which pieces are damaged, The shell replacement guide located on the "Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Repair" page gives the proper steps for taking apart the camera.
Refrain from dropping the camera, as this will likely cause the red light to turn on. Check to make sure there new 2xAA batteries in the compartment and that they are not damaged.