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.

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. 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. To repair, contact the manufacturer.

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.

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 ¶ 

See our replacement guide.

Shutter Failure ¶ 

The shutter may have failed to operate correctly, resulting in a completely black photo. Contact the manufacturer for repairs.

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.


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