The Fujifilm Instax cameras are a favorite for those of us who grew up with the original Polaroids, as well as for those who only get to experience them now, albeit as a more high-tech reiteration.
Because our tech capabilities are now far better than they were in say, the 80’s, it meant that there was only a matter of time until retro-inspired devices will receive more and more modern features.
Fujifilm did just that with its latest Instax camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay, which also happens to be the lightest Instax ever made. However, it comes with more features than any other.
On the back, the camera features a 2.7 inch LCD color screen that lets the users view and select the perfect photo for printing, to begin with. The user-friendly interface allows you to add six filters and 30 different frames to your prints.
If you happened to snap the perfect photo with your smartphone instead of the LiPlay, you don’t have to worry, as the camera also doubles as a printer. The users can connect to the camera via Bluetooth and simply use the “Direct Print” feature to print out a photo from their phone.
If you don’t actually want to use up your camera in one go but still want to keep all your photos, you can use a microSD card slot to save them and upload them into your computer.
You have to keep in mind that these photos will not be very HD though: in order to maintain the instant film aesthetic, they will appear in high contrast and they will blow out all the whites. But if you’re into the retro look, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Other features you’ll find on the camera are a remote shutter release with live view, a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can deliver 100 prints per charge, a print time of 12 seconds and a minimum focus distance of 3.94 inches.
But the selling point for this particular camera is that it allows the users to capture 10 seconds of audio with any photo they snap.
This audio is then converted into a QR code that gets printed on the corner of the Instax Mini photograph. So, if you want to hear the music playing in the bar the photo was taken or what the subject of the photograph was saying, all you have to do is scan the QR code with your phone and listen to it.
The camera will become available as of June 14th, with a price tag of $159,95.