Sometimes, lugging around a camera is not the top priority. Whether for travel or for an event, instant photography is always a fun way to capture moments. What to have all the quirky polaroids without the latest Instax mini camera? Fujifilm is known to make some of the best portable smartphone printers, which begs the question: exactly which Instax printer one to get?
Introducing: The Instax Mini Link
This newcomer has definitely made a name for itself. It is one of the newest portable printers on the market that deserves the hype 100%. The Mini Link has unique features that are perfect for this day and age. Compared to its predecessor, the Mini Link is the minimalist of the bunch. It is covered in textured lines from head to toe. The body of this printer is rectangular in shape but has curved edges. The exterior lines add personality but additionally double as extra grip (no one wants to drop one of these babies.) Since the printer is about 5 x 3 x 7.1 inches, the printer is made for the palm of one’s hand. Fun Fact: for even more functionality, the logo smack dab in the front of the printer is also the power button.
Now Meet the Instax Share SP-3
This second printer made waves in the industry when it debuted too. Unlike its successor, the SP-3 prints on Square Instax film. This printer is known for its outlandish design but consistent retro quality photographs. Despite most phone printers having a familiar square or rectangular shape, the SP-3 team chose to create the eccentric cousin. This Instax printer stands out with its angular cuts and trapezoidal-shaped body. It isn’t all that big at 5.1 x 4.6 x 1.8 inches, but the cuts on its exterior make it a little more effortful to carry.
This or That?
A quick Instax Printer rundown:
- Film Used: Fujifilm “Instax Square”
- Printing Capacity (Approximate): 160 photos
- Connectivity to mobile: Wi-Fi
- Editing Features: Split, collage, real-time template, custom filter, color filter, intelligence filter
- Film Used: Fujifilm “Instax Mini”
- Printing Capacity (Approximate): 100 photos
- Connectivity to mobile: Bluetooth
- Editing Features: Video print, collage, sketch editing, match test, party print, surprise mode, frame print
Instax Printer Investment
The biggest factor to consider before choosing an Instax printer is the budget. Also, the kind of film size preferred makes a difference. Both printers are really great because they can be used to log into social media accounts and access photos. If one can make do without all the extra frills of the latest printer, go ahead and get the SP-3. Of course, the Mini Link is perfect for anyone who is looking for modern-day features with various options. These phone printers make great gifts, especially for those looking to eternalize memories on film.