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Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Review

We review Fujifilm's latest hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. With a 5-megapixel sensor and the ability to print photos from your mobile too, we see how it performs.


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Quick Verdict

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is a great option for parties and capturing snaps with your friends. It's a versatile choice, offering you the ability to print images from your smartphone, review images in-camera before you print them, and add a variety of filters and frames. It's compact, stylish, and will suit any age group. 

+ Pros

  • Snap & review images before you print
  • Can print smartphone images via Bluetooth
  • Plenty of filters and frames built-in
  • Stylish & compact

- Cons

  • Film is expensive

 


 

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay is a trendy looking hybrid instant camera that produces credit-card sized instant photos. You can snap images and view them on the 2.7-inch LCD monitor, there are shortcut buttons on the side to add your favourite filters and you can also print images previously taken on your smartphone via Bluetooth and an app. The Mini LiPlay is available for £129 in Elegant Black, Stone White and Blush Gold. Here, we put the black edition through its paces.

Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay Features

The Instax Mini LiPlay is made to be used in the portrait orientation - at first, it can be a little confusing to figure out how to properly hold the camera, but there's a ridge on the top right for your thumb, and the shutter button is ergonomically placed on the front for your index finger. 

Also on the front, there's a flash, selfie mirror and sound recording button, signified by a microphone. You can assign a voice message to a photo via a QR code, which is printed on the image. Scanning the QR code on the image in the app will then play the recording.

On the rear, you'll find the film compartment, a 2.7-inch LCD screen and navigation controls, along with a back button, image gallery button and print button. The camera doesn't automatically print images when you take them - allowing you to view and edit them before making your choices to print. 


 

On the left-hand side, there's a MicroSD slot, allowing you to increase the storage capacity of the camera (there's space for 45 images built-in, so it's a good idea to purchase a MicroSD card to use in the camera). You'll also find the power button, and 3 numbered buttons on this side, which can be assigned to your favourite filters and effects for easy access. 

The Mini LiPlay is a great option for parties, allowing you to print from your smartphone and add a variety of effects in-camera as well as smap images as you go. 

When you turn the camera on, you'll briefly be shown what the directional controls on the D-Pad allow you to access without going into the menu. Pressing the 'up' key lets you scroll through frames for your images, while pressing the down key lets you access the filters. Press 'menu/ok' to select the filter you're on or press the back arrow to return to shooting. Pressing the left arrow gives you access to self-timer settings (2 secs, 10 secs or off) and the right gives you flash settings (auto, forced or suppressed). 

In the menu, you can access AF illuminator, exposure, and Bluetooth settings, as well as the usual date/time and language settings. If at any time you get 'stuck' in the menu cycle, you can press the shutter button to return to live view. 


 

Key Features

  • 5-megapixel sensor
  • Prints credit-card-sized images 
  • Shoot in-camera, or print through Bluetooth on your smartphone through the free app
  • Filters & effects built-in
  • Shortcut buttons for your favourite filters
  • 28mm focal length (35mm equiv.)
  • Can record messages and assign them to photos via QR code
  • Takes Instax Mini film 
  • Buy on Amazon UK / Amazon USA


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