Fujifilm has announced its new hybrid camera, the Instax Mini Evo. It combines the “I WANT IT NOW!” factor of instant prints with some of the perks that digital imaging technology has to offer. Images captured by the camera are stored digitally, allowing you to more easily pick and choose which images you want to print – rather than just pressing a button, having it print and hoping it doesn’t suck. It also means you can make multiple prints of images you particularly like!
It’s essentially the successor to the Fuji Instax Mini LiPlay and still uses the standard Instax Mini Instant Film for roughly credit-card-sized photos. The new Instax Mini Evo, though, includes 10 lens effects and 10 film effects for a total of 100 different combinations to add a unique look to your images before you print them. There’s also a “selfie mirror” on the front for… well, when you want shoot selfies.
The built-in lithium-ion battery should be enough to print up to about 100 images and there’s a 3-inch screen on the back for choosing and editing them. As well as being compatible with the existing Instax Mini instant films, there’s going to be a new film coming called Instax Mini Stone Gray, which is supposed to offer a look better suited to more vivid images.
If you want an Instax Mini Evo for yourself, though, you’re going to have to wait a little while. It’s not expected to go on sale in the USA until February 2022 and there appears to be no word on availability in the UK or the rest of the world yet. But when it does come out in the USA, it’ll be $199.95 – $40 more than the current price for the Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay.