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Tomy Kiipix Smartphone Picture Printer Review - Handling

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Tomy Kiipix Handling & Performance

The Kiipix has a distinctly plastic construction and doesn't feel particularly sturdy when set up. There are rubber strips on the top plate for holding your phone in place, which is good. 


It can be difficult to make sure that the part of the image you want is lined up correctly on the top plate, however, the top plate can be taken off to help you out. You'll need to make sure your phone screen is relatively bright for the best results, and then press the shutter button. This makes a clinking noise, and you can then twist the print knob, which works a bit like a ratchet, to free your image. 



Lights inside the phone screen seem to be an issue, with these showing up at the edges of the prints. You also need to make sure that your image is free of 'options' on screen as these were accidentally on one of our prints, ruining the image.

The camera seems to struggle with darker images, no matter how bright the screen is. Instax Film works on light sensitivity so if your image is particularly dark, the analogue setup will struggle. There's also the issue of light entering the image from the sides - there's no proper seal when your phone is placed on the Kiipix. The images below were taken with 3 different smartphones, giving you an idea of how much results can vary according to the brightness of your phone and the image you use. 




The Kiipix no doubt creates a fun, DIY experience. If you're with a group of friends taking and printing images, it's a great idea but it's definitely aimed at the younger market and not those looking for high-quality prints. 

Once you're done with the camera it can be a little fiddly to get the camera to fold away - you'll need to hold the black part in the middle down while you slot the top plate into place to hold it down. It then folds into something not dissimilar in size to the Fujifilm Instax printer, which allows you to print image via wi-fi for better quality. 


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