Analogue purists, get thee to thy fainting couches. Fujifilm’s newest Instax instant camera continues takes the analogue/digital hybrid approach first introduced in the SQ10 to the next level.
The new MINI LiPplay has a 2.7-inch rear display and a microSD slot, allowing you to save images and select only the ones you want to print. Like prior hybrid Instax cameras, there’s a low-res CMOS sensor to record digital images. Unlike those cameras, there’s also a mic to record sound. If you do record sound with a given photo, that photo will be printed with a QR code that you can scan with a phone to hear the sound.
The camera has a six photo filters and 30 different frame options which you can select from the menu and apply to your printed photos. It also packs Bluetooth and can connect to, and print from, mobile phones using the Mini LiPlay app. The app also offers some modest remote control functionality, such as the ability to trigger the camera’s shutter from your phone.
Digital chops aside, the LiPlay is the smallest and lightest Instax camera to date. It accepts standard Mini format instant film and will be sold in three different colors and finishes. The Stone White version has a rough, speckled surface while the Elegant Black edition has an embossed finish. Finally, the Blush Gold has a smooth and shiny surface.
Additional features include:
- front-facing selfie mirror
- 100 print battery life
- internal memory good for 45 images
- 28mm f/2 lens capable of focusing up to 10cm
- ISO 100-1600
- built-in flash
- self timer
The Instax Mini LiPlay is available now for $150.