The Good Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Portable, Lightweight Photo Printer quickly converts your smartphone photos into small snapshots. It’s easy to manage and use. IOS and Android apps offer cool editing, print options.
The Bad The price of the printer may be too high to make an impulse purchase, and the cost of printing may also be somewhat significant.
The Bottom Line Combining the old and the new, the Instax Share SP-1 Fujifilm is an interesting, portable, instant photo wireless printer that is worth picking up if you don’t mind the cost.
If you are like most people I know, you take a lot of pictures from your smartphone. And of course, you probably flip them over from time to time to show footage to your friends and family, but you probably rarely, if ever, print them for yourself or others.
However, there is something about printing instead of looking at the screen, which is what makes Fujifilm’s small portable printer so enjoyable.
The SP-1 Instax Share retails for about $ 160 (£ 140, $ 160), 4 inches wide, 1.7 inches deep, 4.5 inches deep (101.6 – 42 by 122.5 mm), and is not a traditional photo printer. No ink tanks or packs of blank photo paper are required.
Instead, it uses a 10-print instant film cartridge most commonly associated with Polaroid cameras. This is the same film used for Instax Mini Fujifilm cameras and can be found for about $ 15 (£ 18, $ 30) for two cartridges. The prints are small: 3.4 by 2.1 inches (86 by 54 mm), although the actual image size is 2.4 by 1.8 inches (62 by 46 mm).
It’s not really cheap, but the advantage here is that, unlike using one of the Instax Mini cameras, there are no useless prints because you use pictures from your smartphone.
Installation is easy. The printer runs on two CR2 lithium batteries, but it can also be powered by an optional AC adapter (not included). Run the batteries, lower the film cartridge, and you’re done.
Turn on the printer and launch the iOS or Android app and select a photo to print or take a new one. Once you get the shot you want, you can do a little editing in the app. This includes the use of a black and white or sepia filter or a Fujifilm reconnaissance filter to help your photos float a bit, rotating the image or increasing the crop.
You can also apply different templates. There are some basic ones that allow you to add text or color frames or both. But you can also use a social networking template, so if you pull a photo from Facebook, it will print your profile photo and likes. There is also a real-time template that prints photos, date, location, weather, temperature and humidity.
After editing, the app has a Connect and Print button. The printer is basically a Wi-Fi hotspot with your own SSID that you connect to with your phone or tablet. When connected, the image is sent to the printer and pops up (or front). The whole process takes about 30 seconds, and the extra prints take about half that time.
Green LED panels on the front let you see how many prints are left and how much battery life is left (Fujifilm says batteries are good for 100 prints). On the side there is also a button for reprinting when you want to give some prints to friends and families.
Maybe it’s a combination of old and new, or compact size and simplicity, or something that makes wireless feel a bit magical, or maybe it’s just nice to have a print – even a small one – that hits the screen. Be that as it may, the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 is a blast. It’s not a product for everyone, but the cost of the printer and the prints, apparently, puts it just outside the impulse acquisition area for most. But then again, it’s just nice to have the print sometimes and the SP-1 provides it.