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Instax Mini 90 Troubleshooting

This page will help you identify common problems users experience with the Instax Mini 90 by Fujifilm. This model was released October 2013.

Unable to Power On ¶ 

The camera will not turn on.

Defective Battery ¶ 

Ensure the battery is fully charged, and that it is connected to the proper +/- terminals. If the camera still does not power on, the battery is defective. See our battery replacement guide.

Insecure Battery Contact ¶ 

If the battery is not securely connected to the proper terminals, it will not deliver power to the camera. See our battery contact replacement guide.

Blinking E ¶ 

There is a blinking 'E' in the film counter window.

Insecure or Unrecognizable Battery or Film ¶ 

The battery or film are either not recognizable types, or are not secure in their compartments. Make sure the device is off, remove the battery to reset it, and then load a new set of film. See our film cartridge replacement guide. Put the battery back in the camera, and turn it on.

If the issue is still apparent, contact the manufacturer for a replacement battery.

Defective Lens Unit ¶ 

If the camera has been dropped, the impact can damage the lens unit by cracking the lens or bending the track on which the lens travels. See our guide on lens unit replacement.

Photos are Blurry ¶ 

The subject of the photo is not clearly pictured.

Not Within Focus Range ¶ 

The subject of the photo must be at least 60 cm away from the camera lens. If a closer photo is needed, attach a close-up lens.

Insufficient Lighting ¶ 

Move to a spot that illuminates the subject more, or where the light is more evenly distributed.

Dirty Lens ¶ 

If there are smudges on the lens, use a microfiber cloth and a few drops of lens cleaning solution to wipe the lens--starting at the center and spiraling outward.

If there is dirt or dust on the lens, gently remove it with a soft-bristled brush or a can of compressed air.

Remember that the key to a clean lens is prevention. Try to minimize all contact with the lens, especially cleaning.

Photos have Spots ¶ 

A few spots appear in a line across the photo.

Dirt on the Film Roller ¶ 

Foreign objects can get stuck on the film roller if the camera is not kept in a clean environment. Try to remove these impurities with compressed air. If this does not work, do not attempt further repairs. Contact the manufacturer for a solution.

Photos are Too Dark ¶ 

Once printed, photos appear too dark.

Insufficient Lighting ¶ 

Move to a spot that illuminates the subject more, or where the light is more evenly distributed.

Incorrect Lighting Mode ¶ 

Check the lighting mode on camera to see if the mode matches the specific environment. For example, the indoor lighting mode is used for a poorly lit environment.

Flash and Light Sensor Blocked ¶ 

If the flash and the light sensor in the front of the camera are blocked, photos will come out dark. Make sure nothing gets in between the flash and the subject of the photo.

Photos are Totally Black ¶ 

Film ejected from camera has no picture, just black.

Defective Motherboard ¶ 

Replace the motherboard of the flash. Do this by removing all of the external screws to expose the flash device, as well as the motherboard in question. Contact the manufacturer for a replacement motherboard.

Defective Capacitor ¶ 

If the flash motherboard is not the problem, then it is likely that the photo flash capacitor does not hold charge anymore. See our capacitor replacement guide.

Shutter Failure ¶ 

The shutter may have gotten stuck, resulting in a completely black photo. Contact the manufacturer for a solution.

Photos are Blank or Too Bright ¶ 

Once printed, photos are white or brighter than they should be.

Film Cover Not Closed Properly ¶ 

The film cover may not be closed properly. If any excess light enters the film, it causes the photos to be too bright when developed.

Premature Removal of Film Cartridge ¶ 

Never remove the film cartridge if there is film remaining. This will expose the film to light, rendering it useless.

Reflective Surfaces and Bright Lights ¶ 

If a photo is taken towards a reflective surface or a bright light, the film will be overexposed.


Just bought the mini 90- does really well but the self timer doesn't work. Press the button and nothing happens. Any suggestions?

Ann coffey - Reply

I have the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Charged the battery to Full (green light on battery charger) and then inserted the battery into the camera. When inserted, the icons on the LCD turn on for a few seconds but then turn off. When I turn on the camera with the power button, the lens comes out, but then immediately goes back in and closes. I initially thought it might be due to film cartridge not being there and loaded a brand new cartridge. The camera then spit out the black cover of the cartridge but still the camera won't stay on. I have tried replacing the battery and that has not worked either. Would really appreciate help on this! Thank you!

Leah Stokes - Reply


I have exactly the same issue. Please if you know any solution let me know, I will advise you If I find sth. Good luck

Lucho -

for some reason my camera only stays on indoor mode and the light won’t switch to any other modes so I can’t take any photos outside cause they turn out white or really dark, dose anyone know how to fix this…?

Stella Lobinsky - Reply

I have the instax mini 90, after taking it to the dessert the lens started to stop half way when I turn the camera off, and I can hear the dust particles scratching inside. How can I remove all this dust trapped inside?

Mohammed Bajrai - Reply

My camera turned on fine at first then when I changed one of the modes and tried taking a picture it didn’t take the picture and it started blinking E. I tried changing the film and took out the battery still doing the same thing. I need help

Michelle Flores - Reply

I’ve had an issue with some photos that I’ve taken with my camera and they come out fine but then either a yellow stain appears or a dark purple stain appears on the photo when I have a look again once it develops.. I have photos to show but I don’t have the option to post them here.

Any idea what causes it ?

Danielle Dovrat - Reply

My instax mini 90 camera is making a weird jamming noise. I tried changing batteries … added a new cartridge and tried everything possible, but it is making the noise whenever i switch it on. My film’s black cover is not ejected nor the lens come out . Is my camera spoilt?? This is a gift and i am so upset about it.

Please help if you know anything about it

Thanks in advance!!!

bindu akula - Reply

The trouble I'm having with mine is with the film. My camera turns on but for some reasons after changing the film, the camera still reads 0. Any advice??

Connie Diaz - Reply

My Neo Classic Keeps on making a jamming a sound i think the wheel that moves the film is off.

lxr67250 - Reply

When I add a new film to the camera it doesn’t eject the first frame and it doesn’t recognize it at all.. and it says - in the film counter … I tried 4 different canisters and still the same result ! Everything else is functional

Mostafa Sheshtawy - Reply

I dropped mine and it won't close I really need

Wolfeye 23 - Reply

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