Handling & Performance
The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 is a wireless smartphone printer. With an easy to use app, you can quickly print your smartphone images to credit card sized Instax film photos. The printer is available in white. We find out how it performs here.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Features
The Instax SP-1 is quite a compact and lightweight printer that takes packs of Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the same that is used in their Instax film cameras like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90.
To use the printer you need to download the free Instax Share App, available for Android and iOS devices, which will allow you to access your phone photos and also take new ones through the app if you wish.
There are a variety of templates available for you to apply to your images in the app:
- Real Time Template - Take an image and the printer will add the date, time, weather, temperature, and humidity to the top of the frame.
- Limited Edition Template - Each print is numbered so that it looks like a limited item.
- SNS Template - When you print an image uploaded to social networking sites, your profile photo and the number of likes the shot received will be indicated at the top of the image.
- Square Template - The photo you upload is cropped into a square. There are options to add text into the cropped area to say a little something about the image.
- Seasonal Templates - There are different templates to fit different occasions, for example mother's day or a birthday.
There are also two filters available, to make your images black and white or sepia when printed. More filters are set to become available through updates in the future.
- Print images wirelessly from your smartphone
- Prints credit card sized images
- A variety of image templates and filters available
- Takes a pack of 10 images
The Instax Share SP-1 runs off CR2 litihium batteries, and can also be plugged into the mains with an AC power adaptor, sold separately.
The printer features gages on the front so you can see how much battery you have left and also how many prints you have left to use. There is a power button on the front, and a reprint button on the side which lets you reproduce the last image printed.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Handling & Performance
The printer is quite lightweight, and could easily be slipped into a backpack or large handbag to enable you to print photos as you go without too much trouble. It's quite chunky, but it needs to be to house the film pack. It's quite sleek looking and can be stood upright or laid down.
It's really easy to operate, you just press and hold the power button when the film is loaded to turn the unit on, and once you've downloaded the app you just need to open it up and you're away. The app will ask you to set a pin code to access the printer, keeping it secure from unwanted usage.
The app is straightforward to use, you can take a new image or access your phone's images that you've already taken, and once you've selected the image you can then tap edit in the top left of the screen to choose a template, rotate the picture or add a filter before printing.
The film is easy to load, simply remove the cartridge from the packaging, unclip the door and the cartridge slides straight in. You have to line up a groove on the film pack to the yellow marker inside the camera, then shut the door and away you go.
The printer takes about 15 seconds to spit out the photos, and it's fun to watch them develop. When an image is being printed the printer flashes green along the front. It's quite noisy when it prints, you wouldn't want to use the printer in a library for example.
Prints have good colour reproduction, and are sharp without losing the retro feel associated with instant cameras. They are quick to develop, and require no real aid in the process; just wait for your photo to appear. Within about 5 minutes the print should be pretty well developed.
This will of course depend on the quality of the image from the device used to take the photo. Here we used both a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, which has a 5mp camera, and a Motorola Moto G, also with a 5mp camera. Both produced clear prints.
Value For Money
The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 is available for £138.32 from Amazon. As this is quite a unique product in the fact that it's the only wireless printer to print Instax credit card sized instant photos, it's difficult to find direct alternatives.
The Canon Selphy CP910 Compact Photo Printer may be an alternative for those that aren't so concerned about size. Although small, it won't easily fit in a pocket, but does print larger photos, at 10x15cm. It has an LCD screen and is available for £80 from Amazon.
Another super compact printer is the LG Pocket Photo Smart Mobile Printer, which prints to Zink special photo paper. It communicates through Bluetooth and NFC and takes longer to print out an image, at 45 seconds compared to the Instax SP1's 15 seconds. It is available for £99.99 from Amazon.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Verdict
Overall, the Instax SP-1 is quite a unique little wireless printer, that's highly portable and works with any smartphone with wireless capabilities. It's quick to print, and no-fuss, credit card sized Instax images are great to share with friends and family right there on the spot.
Film is relatively cheap to buy at around £12 for two packs of ten photos, and the beauty of the wireless printer is that all your friends can use the printer from their respective smartphones, allowing you to capture your day from all angles. A great product that will no doubt make the younger generation very happy.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Pros
Can be used anywhere
Good quality prints
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Cons
Noisy when it prints
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