× The Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-1 × Review ×
Let’s be honest. We all like heavy expensive photographic gears. As a Fuji X-Series addicted, during the announcement of the XT-1 I was surprisingly intrigued by the almost invisible instax smartphone printer SHARE SP-1 announcement. Cheap!
I really do like hipster’s gadgets, just for the fun but never gave any money for it. Except that I always wanted to relive the Polaroïd film feeling reminding me of my childhood. You know the magical feeling when the image develop itself. It’s absolutly obsolete today but it has his own (hipster) look that lots of people try to digitaly reproduce nowaday. I call it The Moustache Instagram Effect.
I have my smartphone with me all the time and I take pictures everyday with it. I always wanted to find a good way to print pictures from my phone and I was really disappointed with the quality that 10×15 printing gave me. I heard about the IMPOSSIBLE Project but I never had the chance to test it. So when Fuji introduced the Instax Share SP-1 I made a connection in my mind. Polaroïd effect + Printing pictures from my smartphone. Great Fujifilm we have a deal!
Printing on Analog films is a really surprising idea. I was septical about the resolution of the printer for such a small price tag. With a cost of around 1€ each picture it really needed to be good.
× Unboxing : ×
Unboxing is probably the most enjoying feeling ever. Here’s some pictures I took during this fun part.
What’s really missing is the DC Adaptor. It comes only with 2 CR2 Lithium batteries… that you can’t recharge. You need to buy the adaptor separetly. Well it won’t be a big deal except that I can’t find it anywhere! I’m still waiting for Fujifilm Belgium to respond me on how and where to find it. This is really stupid. But it seems to be just a classic 5V DC.
× Printing : ×
The printer is its own WiFi hotspot and can connect with both iOS and Android devices using the Instax Share App. Once the app is installed on your smartphone and Instax Mini ISO 800 films are loaded, you’re almost ready to go. You just need to select the Wifi hotspot and load a picture. The App itself is really great and have some nice effect and enhancement.
× Image quality : ×
Ho dear it feels good to see the developing part. It’s not as good as it is with the Neo-Classic or an old Polaroïd camera but we’re almost there. You should give it a try!
Sharpness and IQ is not amazing but it’s really good. It isn’t as sharp as it is with the other Instax camera but it has not the same purpose neither. It’s a digital printer not a camera. I notice that the quality really depends on the picture you’re printing. I’m using an Iphone 5s and I find the quality great in good light situation. Here’s some scanned pictures took with the Iphone 5s in good light. Directly send to the SP-1 using the App. I used VSCO App filters on the first one.
As you can see, it truly has the analog film look and looks really appealing. It’s isn’t has sharp as I want it to be but it’s pretty good. I noticed that the image are always brighter. It’s really « consumer » quality with a « consumer » price. But I’m ok with that.
I finally found a great way to have physical pics off of my Iphone camera roll and that’s what I wanted. Nice job Fuji! For the testing purposes here’s the result of a very bad lighted and pixelated picture. Don’t waste your money printing them it looks awful.
× Black & White : ×
Printing black and white is a always a hard work for a digital printer. With this « Digital to Analog » printer it appears not to be good at all. All the black and white prints have a greenish color cast and the shades have lot’s of aberrations. Here’s some before and after from Iphone 5s pictures.
× Printing from a camera : ×
Rumours say that the ability to print direct from a WiFi enabled (Fuji) camera will be soon add. In the meantime you can send pictures took from your camera to your smartphone and print it as I did with this picture took with my Fuji X-Pro1.
× In summary : ×
I really like the device and the possibility it gives. It prints pictures from a smartphone to a physical analog instant film. It has a great built quality. The images appear to be brighter and less sharp than with any other Instax camera. You really need to have great quality pictures from your smartphone (or camera) otherwise it’ll look awful. Sadly it doesn’t come with the DC Adaptor witch is painful! The value for money is great. It’s a nice gadget to have and I find it great to touch physical pictures took with my smartphone.