Fujifilm has introduced the most recent on the spot digicam in its Instax Mini lineup: the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12. The Instax Mini 12 is a brand new iteration of the Instax Mini 11 — our present high on the spot digicam decide — and will likely be obtainable round mid-March for $79.95.
Save for a number of minor function and design updates, the Instax Mini 11 and Instax Mini 12 look an identical. Nevertheless, the lens construction is essentially the most notable change. Now you can, as an example, twist the lens to enter the Shut-Up Mode as an alternative of pushing a button, a lot as you’d a standard point-and-shoot. I’ve solely simply began testing the digicam, however based mostly on my first impression, this makes zooming in just a bit extra enjoyable and intuitive consequently.
It’s also possible to now energy the moment digicam on and off by merely twisting the lens to obviously labeled “on” and “off” settings. Beforehand, you needed to click on a button on the facet to show the digicam on and pop the lens out after which push it again to show the digicam off. That’s not precisely intuitive, and I think about that, mixed with the dearth of clear “on” and “off” labels, could have made it a bit tougher for teenagers to make use of the Instax Mini 11.
Nonetheless, whereas I like the truth that it’s now extra intuitive to show off the digicam, I favor utilizing the Instax Mini 11’s button to show it on. That’s as a result of the Shut-Up mode is near the “on” and “off” settings. This makes it straightforward to by accident flip the Instax Mini 12 off, which I did whereas attempting to change the lens to Shut-Up Mode. It’s doable, although, issues will enhance after I check the digicam extra and regulate to the change.
Fujifilm’s additionally made some modifications to the flash which are price stating. Although, sadly, you continue to can’t flip the flash off, Fujifilm says the brand new automated flash management ought to higher optimize picture high quality in shiny and low mild environments. I’ll need to do additional testing to see if that declare holds true, however I hope it’s since that was considered one of my principal points with its in any other case wonderful predecessor.
Lastly, as talked about earlier than, the Instax Mini 12 options a number of design modifications. Most noticeably, the physique is extra rectangular than sq., although with the identical rounded edges as its predecessor. It additionally lacks the Instax Mini 11’s curved facet and is much less large, which makes holding it whereas taking images simpler. As well as, Fujifilm’s swapped out the black colorway with a brand new and enjoyable mint inexperienced shade which will enchantment extra to the youthful crowd.
Along with the Instax Mini 12, Fujifilm has introduced the launch of a brand new free downloadable INSTAX UP! smartphone app that will likely be launched quickly. Customers can digitally scan, import, arrange, and retailer their footage within the app irrespective of which Instax print or digicam they personal, which suggests Instax Mini 12 customers can even have the ability to use it.
I’ll quickly be updating our on the spot digicam information after I end testing the Instax Mini 12 and can add my ideas about the way it stacks up in opposition to rivals from Polaroid and Kodak, so keep tuned.