I have always been a fan of instant photography and I have acquired a small collection of cameras that uses the accessible Fujifilm Instax min colour film. However, my problem is getting the right exposure and making sure everything is in frame. It’s a waste of film, which means it’s a waste of money. So I decided to try out the Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-1.
Measuring 106 x 42 x 122 mm, the printer weighs just a little over 250 grams. It requires two CR2 lithium batteries which is included with the printer and the batteries can last approximately 100 prints. Or alternatively, you can use an AC power adapter (sold separately).
To link your phone with the SP-1 printer, you will need to download the Instax Share App which is available on both Apple and Android. The printer connects via WIFI connection and the interface of the app is very easy to use. You can opt to take a new photo straight from the app, or you can select a photo from your camera roll. The photo can be edited before printing via the app or alternatively, you can use VSCO or other apps to perfect the photo before printing.
The printer takes about 16 seconds to print and you can stare away as the print begins to develop. This nifty gadget is portable and light and I found it very useful when I wanted to create small photo memorabilia for my friends as a small thank you gift for taking us around Beijing. So instead of the hassle of finding a printer or a photo lab, I easily printed the photos from my phone!