John Huxley puts the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 to the test

Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 at a glance:

We live in a world where we get instant gratification from our images. It takes only a few seconds to upload our images to social media, then we’re quickly receiving ‘likes’ and comments. But there’s nothing like the feelings and memories that a physical image conjures up when we hold it or see it in an album. The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 combines instant digital gratification with an immediate physical print.

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 is a palm-sized printer of sorts, which projects images digitally on to Fuji Instax film. This is then loaded in to the printer. In a way, it’s like having a tiny Fujifilm Frontier minilab in your hand.

Digital images are sent to the Instax Share SP-2 from a smartphone or tablet, via the Instax Share app. So take your picture, connect your phone’s Wi-Fi to the printer, open the app, hit print and out pops
your Instax print. All you then have to do is shake it like a Polaroid picture – although current advice is to let it sit for a couple of minutes until the image appears.

Seasonal patterns and borders, or different image layouts, can be applied via the app. There’s even a template that automatically uses the phone’s connectivity to add the date, time, location and weather to an image. It is quick and easy to use, and battery operated, so it’s truly wireless. It’s even charged via a USB for when you are on the move.

The Instax Share SP-2 costs around £155, with an Instax 10 image pack costing around £8. OK, it may not be for serious photographers, and it isn’t cheap to buy or run, but take this along to a social occasion and you’re bound to have a lot of fun. Best of all, everyone will walk away with a physical print to remember the event by.

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A 10-image pack of paper costs around £8

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