Fujifilm is all about bring back photo prints and vintage feelings, which I am all about. However, finding a way to print photos has become harder and harder, especially since now our phones hold 99.9% of our photos now. It isn’t like the good ol’ days where you can drop your film canister off and have it developed. Maybe I am weird for missing it, but I like having actual hard copies of prints. Sure digital cameras made it slightly easier, but their prints are not as good developed film photos. But when phones came into play, almost nobody bothered with prints anymore. It is a shame and one that I battled with for a while. But now we are seeing a surge of older things making a comeback and that is where Fujifilm is making a difference.
You already know about their Instax Instant cameras and how awesome those things are. People have gone crazy for them and for good reason. It is tough to find film for them or even to buy the camera. Now Fujifilm is hoping to bridge the gap between technology and vintage with their Instax Share SP-2 printer.
The Instax Share SP-2 will be a printer that connects to your tablet or phone via an app that allows you to print your photos. “Wait….I have heard of those before….how is this unique?” you may wonder. Well, that is the fact that you can turn your photos into polaroid style photos. Yes, tiny photos with the infamous border around it. Not the most exciting, but for those who want that style, we are sure they will jump at the chance to buy.
The device will create it’s own WiFi connection to your phone/tablet (via their app) and allow you to pick and choose what you want printed, when. On your phone or tablet you will simply use their Share app to make your selections to send to the printer. You can create custom changes such as filters and brightness/darkness in them depending on how you want it printed. The app works with both iOS and Android.
The Instax Share SP-2 printer also works with the same film as their cameras do. So not super cheap, but not super high priced either. The printer is set to come out in July and be sold around the $200.00 USD. It will likely be a hit for the upcoming holiday season.
How do you feel about Fujifilm’s latest move? Do you think you will want to buy into it? I don’t know, it would be fun to try out, but I think they need to offer different sizes of prints instead.