What Instax Camera Has the Cheapest and Most Affordable Film?

If you’ve had an Instax camera you know that the price of Instax film can add up quickly so it’s important to find ways to save money when purchasing the film.

The fujifilm Instax Mini cameras uses the cheapest film with the Instax Mini instant film with white borders and most affordable. Samy’s Camera and Amazon.com are the cheapest places to purchase Instax film but buying in bulk from Amazon.com or Adorama are the best way to save the most money. Instax film prices can also vary depending on the type of film, where you buy it, and from what store.

To find the most affordable Instax film, there are a few things to consider before buying it for your camera. First, you need to to know which camera you have or which one you want to buy. Then you will need to know which film your Instax camera uses, which instax is the least expensive, where to buy in film for your camera in bulk, and which store has the best prices.

How many Instax cameras are there?

There are 3 different types of Instax cameras made by Fujifilm and each use a different size of film. They are:

The Instax Mini camera which uses Instax Mini instant film:

Instax Mini Instant Camera
Pictured is the Instax Mini 9

The Instax Square camera which uses Instax Square instant film:

Fujifilm Instax SQ1 Instant film Camera
Pictured is the Instax SQ1

The Instax Wide camera which uses Fujifilm Instax Wide instant film:

Fujifilm Instax Wide Instant Camera
Pictured is the Instax Wide 300

Currently, Fujifilm offers 7 different models of Instax mini cameras, 2 models of instax square cameras, and 1 model of the instax wide camera according to Instax’s website. However, there are other models in the world not shown on their website such as the instax SQ6. Each model requires a different type of film to work properly with each camera.

To see all of the film currently available for Instax cameras see this webpage on the Fujifilm website. Instax mini models have the most variety of films available with 18 different color and black & white films with simple, patterned, and character-themed border designs including color and black & white film. Instax Square cameras have 6 different film border designs in addition to color and black & white film types whereas Instax wide cameras only come in black & white and color film. Some of the original films such as character-based frame designs are also available in some countries but some frame designs may not be available in all countries.

What is the size of Instax film?

Instax Mini Cameras use the Instax Mini film and it’s sizes are below in inches:

  • Film size: 2.13 in. (W) x 3.39 in. (H)
  • Picture size: 1.81 in. (W) x 2.44 in. (H)

Instax Square Cameras use the Instax Square film and it’s sizes are below in inches:

  • Film size: 3.39 in. (W) x 2.83 in. (H)
  • Picture size: 2.44 in. (W) x 2.44 in. (H)

Instax Wide Cameras use the Instax Wide film and it’s sizes are below in inches:

  • Film size: 4.25 in. (W) x 3.39 in. (H)
  • Picture size: 3.90 in. (W) x 2.44 in. (H)

See the chart below to give you a good idea of the size of the images as well as the picture size for each type of film. One thing to note is that the Instax Wide film is twice the size as the Instax Mini film.

Comparison of Instax instant film sizes in Inches.
Comparison of Instax instant film sizes in Inches

Below is an image with all three sizes together so you can get an idea of what they look like compared.

Fujifilm Instax Mini, Square, and Wide Instant Film Compared With A 2 Euro Coin (About the size of a US Quarter). Source.
Fujifilm Instax Mini, Square, and Wide Instant Film Compared With A 2 Euro Coin (About the size of a US Quarter). Source.

Cheapest Film Type for Each Instax Camera

To best compare the prices of each of camera’s films, the table below includes the average prices for monochromatic (or B&W) and color film since these designs are offered with each camera model. The cheapest film for each Instax camera type is listed below. Also, keep in mind these prices don’t include shipping and taxes.

Instax Mini Film
Instax Square Film
Instax Wide Film
Lowest Price for Monochromatic (B&W) Film Overall
$7.99 for 10 sheets (Samy’s Camera)
$14.95 for 10 sheets (Glazer)
$12.99 for 10 sheets (Samy’s Camera)
Lowest Price for Color Films Overall
$12.40 for a twin pack of 20 sheets (Samy’s Camera)
$16.99 for 10 sheets (Shutterbug Cameras)
$19.99 for 10 sheets (Amazon)
Lowest Price for Film for Fujifilm Instax Film Cameras. Prices don’t include shipping or tax.

Which Stores Sell the Cheapest Instax Film?

Instax Mini Film 20 pack

The only film that is compatible with Instax cameras is Fujifilm instax film. Fujifilm makes the Instax camera, making it the most reliable film to purchase for your Instax camera.

Buying Instax Film Packs In Store

Some of these stores include big brand names such as Walmart, Michaels, Staples, Urban Outfitters, Best Buy, Target, and QVC. Even though each of the stores is selling the same product, the same type of film the prices can vary. For example, a pack of Instax Mini film with 20 sheets is sold at Walmart for $17.99 and at Urban Outfitters for $30. In most cases, Walmart has the most affordable Instax film on the market in the store.

However their options are limited since they mostly stock Instax Mini color film. For the more special films, like different types of Instax Mini, Square, and Wide types of Instax films I would recommend purchasing them from an online store for a better price and more options.

Buying Instax Film Packs Online

When looking to purchase online you must consider shipping prices and taxes as well. If you are looking for the cheapest online store price, Samy’s Camera often has the best deals in comparison to other big brand stores. However, shipping and handling fees from Samy’s Camera cost approximately $10 but they offer free shipping on orders over $49.

Amazon is another contender with great prices and can be less expensive if you are already a Amazon Prime member. Also, keep in mind that eligible items on Amazon ship free for orders over $25, which is much lower than Samy’s camera minimum shipping amount of $49.

Best Prices Overall

Instax Mini Film
Instax Square Film
Instax Wide Film
Lowest Price for Monochromatic (B&W) Film Overall
$7.98 for 10 sheet Pack (Amazon)
$14.95 for 10 sheet Pack (Glazer)
$12.99 for 10 sheet Pack (Samy’s Camera)
Lowest Price for Color Films Overall
$12.40 for 20 sheet Pack (Samy’s Camera)
$16.99 for 10 sheet Pack (Shutterbug Cameras)
$19.99 for 10 sheet Pack (Amazon)
Lowest Price for Film for Fujifilm Instax Film Cameras. Prices don’t include shipping or tax.

As you can see from the chart, consider getting a pack of 20 sheets of the instax mini color film from Samy’s Camera since they often have the lowest prices when it comes to Instax film. However, keep in mind this price does not include shipping (which is around $9.99). Samy’s Camera does offer free fast shipping on orders over $49.

Best Prices On Amazon

Most of these films will be cheaper on Amazon if you have a prime account because shipping will be free. If you don’t have Amazon Prime most items are eligible for free shipping if the overall cart order is over $25.

Instax Mini Film
Instax Square Film
Instax Wide Film
Lowest Price for Monochromatic (B&W) Film on Amazon
$7.98 for 10 sheet Pack (Amazon)
$14.99 for 10 sheet Pack (Amazon)
$29.99 for 20 sheet Pack (Amazon)
Lowest Price for Color Films on Amazon
$16.96 for 20 sheets Pack (Amazon)
$19.20 for 20 sheet Pack (Amazon)
$19.99 for 20 sheet Pack (Amazon)
Lowest Price for Film for Fujifilm Instax Film Cameras. Prices don’t include shipping or tax.

Be careful when looking online for affordable Instax film. There is a warning on the Instax website that claims that there are many fraudulent websites that appear to be selling film for cameras, but are really stealing customer’s information. So, the best way to look for legitimate film is to go onto Fujifilm’s website and look at the different vendors that sell film for Instax cameras.

Buying Instax Film in Bulk

Bulk Packs of Mini Instant Film by Fujifilm
Bulk Packs of Mini Instant Film by Fujifilm

For an even better deal on pricing for Instax film, I recommend purchasing your film on buik from the online stores listed below.

Best Price for Instax Mini Film in Bulk

When it comes to buying Instax Mini color film with a white border in bulk see the prices below. Remember that the prices do not include shipping and/or taxes:

Best Price for Instax Square Film in Bulk

When it comes to buying Instax Square color film with a white border in bulk see the prices below. Remember that the prices do not include shipping and/or taxes:

  • Adorama sells a 20 sheet pack of Instax Square film for $19.95, which is $0.61 per sheet
  • Amazon sells a 100 sheet pack of Instax Square film for $95.98, which is $0.95 per sheet.
  • Walmart sells a 100 sheet pack of Instax Square film for $160.47, which is $1.60 per sheet.

Best Price for instax Wide Film in Bulk

When it comes to buying Instax Mini color film with a white border in bulk see the prices below. Remember that the prices do not include shipping and/or taxes:

  • Adorama sells a 100 sheet pack of Instax Wide film for $80, which is $0.80 per sheet.
  • Amazon sells a 100 sheet pack of Instax Wide film that sells for $99.99, which is $0.99 per sheet.
  • Walmart sells a 100 sheet pack of Instax Wide film of $94.99, which is $0.94 per sheet.

NOTE: Although there are some places that sell instax film in bulk with better prices than Amazon.com, after shipping and taxes Amazon often has the best overall prices – especially if you have already have an Amazon Prime membership. Also, Amazon often has better return policies if you aren’t happy with the film you receive.

Best Bulk Film Price Chart

Film Type
Adorama.com
Amazon.com
Walmart.com
Instax Mini Film
100 Sheet Pack for $65.69 ($0.65 per sheet)
300 Sheet Pack for $187.99 ($0.62 per sheet)
Instax Square Film
20 Sheet Pack for $19.95 ($0.99 per sheet)
100 Sheet Pack for $160.47 ($1.60 per sheet)
Instax Wide Film
100 Sheet Pack for $80 ($0.80 per sheet)
100 Sheet Pack for $99.99 ($0.99 per sheet)
100 Sheet Pack for $94.99 ($0.94 per sheet)
Shipping and Taxes are not included with prices. However most of these prices meet the minimum requirements for free shipping.

Most Expensive Stores to Purchase Instax Film

There are quite a few good stores to purchase cheap Instax film such as Walmart, Amazon, Adorama, and Samy’s Camera. However, there are a few stores to avoid purchasing from because the prices are much higher than the average price of Instax camera films and also don’t offer film in bulk.

Two of the stores to avoid are:

  • Urban Outfitters (have a lot of options including cameras but expensive)
  • Staples (limited options but shipping is free online with no minimum amount)

These stores may be great for other purchases, but they are not the best-priced stores for Instax Camera films. For example, Instax Mini color of 20 sheets is for sale at Urban Outfitters for $30. At Staples the films aren’t as expensive as Urban Outfitters, but they have limited options and sell their Instax Mini color of 20 sheets for $20.99 (with free shipping online).

Where to Compare Instax Film Prices on Fujifilm Website

If you are interested in finding the best deal for Instax film prices, it is best to look on Fujifilm’s website. You can view all the different design options that they offer for the 3 Instax camera types. If you click on a film, you can see the specific details and which vendors sell them. There even is a map option to see if there are stores that sell them near you.

Lee

My name is Lee and I love photography and learning. I received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in 2010 and have worked as a university professor for the last 10 years in addition to being a working photographer. I started this website to learn more about digital and film-based photography and to provide a resource for all of my students.

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