Even as our brains have become dependent on the constant stream of likes from sharing photos on social media, there is still something to be said for the immediate gratification of an instant camera spitting out a refrigerator-worthy snapshot. With the new Fujifilm Retro-themed Instax Mini Evo, You get the best of both worlds.
The camera’s silver body features thick-textured leatherette accents that at first glance make the Instax Mini Evo look like a vintage Fujifilm snapper you’d find behind glass in a pawnshop. But Fujifilm says it is actually one of the most advanced Instax cameras ever released and that its “exposure resolution has been doubled over previous models to achieve better print quality.” Fujifilm doesn’t detail exactly how many megapixels the new Instax Mini Evo captures, but models from a few years ago hit the 5 MP mark, so if the new model pushes 10 MP, that’s pretty close to that. that most smartphones take these days.
Instead of adjusting focus or zoom, rotate the lens dial of the Instax Mini Evo to cycle through 1 different lens effects like “Soft Focus” and “Light Leak”, which can be changed. combined with 10 different film effects accessible via a film dial on the top. It gives shooters 100 unique effects to experiment with, and when they’re happy with the results, flipping a film advance lever causes a credit card-sized photo to spit out at the camera.
The Instax Mini Evo also pairs with a smartphone, so in addition to hard copies, users can transfer their photos, complete with filters and even the unique frames available with Instax Mini film, to their mobile devices for sharing on social networks.
The new Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo will debut in Japan in early December, but the the company plans to bring it in the US market in February of next year for $ 200. Sure, it is in addition to the cost of instant film that adds up quickly.