Fujifilm takes the wraps off the Instax Share SP-2, an upgrade from the company's first mini printer that promises to deliver better image quality and provide more features and customizations.
For those who don't know, the Instax Share lineup lets users print out pictures anywhere in a snap using an Android or iOS device via the Share app or a compatible camera. That means they can instantly get their hands on a physical copy of a digital photo on film the size of a credit card.
To go over the nitty-gritty details of how it's better than its predecessor, it can dish out photos in about 10 seconds, while the older model could only do so in 16 seconds. On top of that, it does the entire process quieter in comparison.
"A new laser exposure system achieves a faster printing time of 10 seconds from print data transfer to print output. At the same time, printing noise is lower which makes your printing experience much more enjoyable," Fujifilm says.
Not only does it print pictures almost two times faster, but it also produces better ones. That's because it supports a 320 dpi resolution now and print pixels of 800 x 600 dots.
As mentioned earlier, the updated printer also has more filters and templates in store, giving users more options to personalize their shots. For instance, the Real Time Template allows users to take a photo that has the date, place, weather, temperature and humidity in the frame.
What's more, the Share app now has a new Collage mode that lets users print two, three or four photos together in one go.
Also, the Instax Share SP-2 itself got a whole deal sleeker, coming in with either a gold or silver casing. Under the hood, it also features an internal battery that juices up through micro USB.
For the record, one of the biggest advantages of a printer like this over the Instax camera — even a Hello Kitty version — is that users get both a digital and physical copy of the photo.
Availability-wise, it's expected to hit the shelves sometime in mid-July in the United States with a price tag of $199.95, the same price as the SP-1. Of course, it still needs the Instax Mini Film to print photos, and a double pack with 20 exposures will hold users back by $19.95.
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