Fujifilm embraces impromptu pictures with compact printer

Fujifilm’s instant photography system known as “Instax” has captured the hearts of people who wished Polaroid still made a lot of instant film cameras, but now the technology will be used for something we all have: a smartphone.

Coming to Australia in April, Fujifilm’s Instax Share SP-1 is a new compact printer designed to take an image from a phone and print it to Fujifilm’s Instax credit card-sized instant film, with several templates included with the required app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.

The concept is similar to some of the portable image printers we’ve seen in the past relying on the “Zero Ink” or “ZINK” technology that Polaroid built, though using Fujifilm’s own version instead.

Images take around 16 seconds to print, and while the pocket-sized printer does require Instax sets of paper, a quick search in Australia revealed that there are places to purchase the specialty paper, limited as they are.

Pricing for the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 in Australia has yet to be revealed, though we do know it will be arriving locally in April.