Lo and behold, I now no longer have to lug my old Fujifilm Instax Mini camera for instant retro prints.
Not when I’ve got the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2…
And my trusty iPhone.
A mobile and compact printer that turns any ordinary picture taken on a smartphone into an instant Polaroid-style print, the Instax Share SP-2 boasts high-speed printing of 10 seconds along with high image quality according to Fujifilm.
It uses the same film packs as the Instax Mini, and works off a rechargeable battery.
For this review, I’ll be testing the printer out with some Sanrio film packs I recently got at a box store around Mong Kok.
If you’re familiar with the Instax Mini camera, you’ll have no problem figuring how to load the film pack. For the benefit of those who aren’t too familiar, here’s a simple visual demonstration:
You basically align the yellow strips, pop the film pack in and shut the opening.
The Instax Share printer works via Wi-Fi, and you do have to download Fujifilm’s ‘Instax Share’ app which should easily be found on your app store.
As you can see, the Instax Share app allows me to select and edit my iPhone photos, and even add text and templates to the prints. You can even create a four-photo collage, but I found it way too miniscule (A single photo is already tiny enough!).
Once you’re done editing your snap, simply turn on the printer and connect your iPhone to the Instax Share printer via Wi-Fi. Then hit the print button.
All in all, the print quality seems decent but be sure not to edit your photos too much as the printer is a tad sensitive to the editing.
With only 10 film prints per pack and thousands of photos from your smartphone to choose from though, be sure to turn the printer on and connect your phone to it only after you’re done with the selection and editing process. You’ll otherwise find yourself annoyed by the printer shutting off before your snap is ready to be inked. But I guess that’s how Fujifilm keeps the battery long-lasting? (I’ve printed with two packs of film and the battery indicator is still a full bar.)
While I probably wouldn’t take it with me when I’m on the go (I don’t see the need), the Instax Share SP-2 is definitely my go-to for instant prints as keepsake. All I need now is to stock up on film packs, as my Instax Mini camera rests in peace.
You can find the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 in two colours, gold and silver, available on Amazon.