Life in Instant Prints, One Photo at a Time
Over the years, we have amassed a number of instant prints that capture some of our special moments.
In fact, a significant milestone of our life can be “found” on these instant prints, and they now hang as a centrepiece on one of our walls.
7.5 YEARS OF MEMORIES/ I remember fondly of that very day we said our vows and officially became man and wife. As we built our little nest, pieces of us filled our home. Our travel adventures together are some of the best memories and these photographs remind us of all those wonderful carefree times. . Most importantly, snippets of our special day adorn our photo wall as the centrepiece. We had the blessed presence of our families, closed friends, buddies and my bestie @dreakangruszka who was on webcam watching the entire event from the side of the world. . It has been surreal in so many ways, and whenever we look at each instant print taken during our solemnisation, we speak of that day as if it was just yesterday. Photographs have such intense powers when it comes to a walk down memory lane, isn't it? . Looking forward to creating many more years of amazing memories with you, my special one, @h_shang 😍
Armed with Polaroid cameras, instant prints are easy – snap and print on the spot. However, that also meant we would have “wasted” a few on the NG shots (eyes closed, overexposed shots, someone wasn’t looking etc), and then it meant a reshoot!
What if we could pick our favourite photos and print them in seconds?
We had the opportunity to try our the new Fujifilm Instax Smartphone Printer SP-2, a compact instant printer that prints anywhere from your smartphone, as long as there’s WIFI!
SNAP + PRINT / Change is the only constant in life. If there was something in yours that has always consistently been a part of it, what would that be? . For me, one of the physical things would be photos; polaroids to be exact. Celebratory occasions where an instax camera is whipped out, and we get those captured shots instantly printed right after snapping. These instant prints that you see are memories from different stages of my life, and guess what? We created a DIY collage of our guests along with their handwritten well wishes put together during our solemnisation party! And that curated piece adorns our wall in our home! . Fast forward to present day where we get to select and edit our photos before print. With Fujifilm Instax SP2 Smartphone Printer, a portable compact instant printer which allows printing of our favourite pictures in just a few seconds! The best part? Simply download the Instaxshare app, connect the printer wirelessly with your smartphone and print! Now that's a new way to print on-the-go, and there's no need for special paper, ink cartridges or messy wires either. Easy peasy! ✌🏼 . Well, this not-so-techie mama puts this handy printer to the test… Stay tuned to find out if it was a YAY or NAY!
It’s just slightly wider and thicker than an iPhone 6S, weighs 250g (without battery and film pack) and is portable enough to fit in a diaper bag (yes, because I’m a Mother!) without taking up too much space or feeling that extra weight.
And if you’re one who goes for uncomplicated, non-rocket science stuff (like me!), this is surprisingly easy to use and there’s no need to fumble with messy wires or a thick instruction manual. In fact, it’s easy enough for Vera click on “Choose photo and Print” on my mobile, and switching on the portable printer is just a button away! Just be careful not to press onto the “Reprint” button on the side of the printer if that isn’t your intention – that would trigger a reprint of your last photo!
So, how does the Fujifilm Instax Printer SP-2 work?
1. Charge and allow it to power up. It takes approximately 2 hours for a full charge the first time.
2. Load instax film into printer.
3. Download Instax Share app on Google Play / Apple Store. It’s FREE!
4. Turn on Fujifilm Instax Printer SP-2. Go to Settings on your mobile and connect to printer via WIFI.
5. Go to Instax Share app. Browse photo album on mobile and select photos you’d like and click on PRINT. This means you can edit your photos BEFORE printing! No NG shots; no wastage of instant prints too!
Thanks to its high speed printing technology, each photo is ready in a few seconds!! Just like the Instax camera!
Before printing… here’s what we can do too:
– Edit pictures by choosing templates and styles
– Create a collage of pictures via the Instax Share app to select different photos to fit in the collage template
– Create a series of numbered prints with printed tags
Find out more about the other templates here too! Creating of collages and editing are done BEFORE printing, so that helps with a beautiful print-out of your photographs.
What about filters?
Yes! And you wouldn’t need to download a separate app to adjust elements such as brightness, or getting the sepia or black and white effect.
Thanks to the brand’s deep experience (over 80 years!) in the industry, the Fujifilm Instax Printer SP-2 boasts a unique Fujifilm Intelligence Filter which hons the Image Intelligence™, an optimum processing technology. This helps offer results such as brightening up a photo in your smartphone that is too dark.
Who is this printer suitable for?
- Love taking photographs with your smartphone (Oh wait, that’s me! And most mums!)
- Those who want hassle-free wireless printing, on-the-go
- Those who want convenience without having to worry about ink cartridges and getting special photo papers.
It comes in handy for events or gatherings where each person in the photos needs a printed photo. It makes a lovely gift for friends or mums who enjoy taking photographs and curating albums of these memories for different events such as their kids’ birthdays and family travels. It prints pocket-sized pictures instantly, and there’s no need to cut or resize those photographs in your phone either.
Vera who’s 3.5 years old picked it up easily – she simply takes our instructions and presses the right buttons to get the photos printed. I’ve to say, she’s been really excited to print MORE photos since we first tried it out together. Looks like I need to get a photo album to keep these instant prints, just like the good old days :)
Are there additional costs involved?
That would pretty much be the instant print film packs which can be purchased online or at the stores. There are deals on Qoo10 if you look hard! Otherwise, simply head to any authorised Fujifilm dealers to stock up on those.
Product specifications available here.
Do you have a portable WIFI photo printer that you use too? Do share what some of your favourite photography gadgets are!