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Lifeprint instantly brings Christmas memories to life
3.5Overall Score
Name: Lifeprint Hyperphoto 3x4.5" instant photo printer
Price (RRP): $279
Manufacturer: Lifeprint

Lifeprint instantly brings Android or iOS photos, video stills or GIFs to life making 4.5 x3” instant prints. No more forgotten memories.

Let’s look first at Zink paper used in Lifeprint

ZINK stands for Zero Ink. Currently, Canon IVY, HP Sprocket, Prynt, Polaroid and Lifeprint use it. It evolved from Polaroid and has been in use since 2007, so it’s not new and untested.

The paper has a backing layer (usually a sticker), and three layers of heat sensitive cyan, magenta, yellow (C, M, Y) amorphochromic dyes and a clear top coat. These dyes form coloured microcrystals when under point heat and retain that after re-solidification.

Each layer reacts to different heat intensities, so in that respect, it is additive colour. There is no mention of DPI (dots per inch) but make sure your original shots use a high megapixel and be careful with light backgrounds and dark foregrounds – shoot in daylight. In other words, garbage in, garbage out.

Zink doesn’t claim archival quality, but photos are water and tear resistant, and the combined colours are stable under typical temperatures.

Quality wise it generally produces fit for purpose prints – an instant snap or sticker.

GadgetGuy’s call. As it uses three colours (CMK), it lacks the depth of photo prints (CMYK). Zink was to be the next big thing in digital photography, but cost got in the way. A pack of 40 sheets is $49.99.The Lifeprint printer is $279 at JB Hi-Fi.

We are talking about fun here rather than a professional photography tool. Prints have a slightly retro look that somehow seems fitting on prints of this size.

Lifeprint print speed

Test prints took an average of 1.5 minutes each. That excludes time taken to send the image to the printer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi N 2.4Ghz. Wi-Fi uses Lifeprint’s cloud for remote printing.

But Lifeprint is a little more than a personal, rechargeable, no-ink Zink printer.

Lifeprint app

You must create a Lifeprint account before you can start using it. The app is more than a little intrusive wanting way too much information. What is Lifeprint’s aim here?

It collects photos from your camera, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, so they are in one place and easy to access.

It has a very basic photo editing suite with more than 15 editing tools, filters and memes. I found applying a brightness filter was a necessity.

Augmented Reality (Hyperphoto) software app

Ordinary prints when viewed through the Lifeprint app on a smartphone camera, appear to come to life. Hyperphoto playback includes up to a 15 seconds clip with sound.

Lifeprint is the first (and only) instant photo printer in the world that not only allows you to print live videos. Share these via Lifeprint’s cloud (must have Wi-Fi access) with your friends, family, and fans all over the world.