New Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay adds audio to instant photos

Jun 12, 2019

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

New Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay adds audio to instant photos

Jun 12, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In late May, Fujifilm teased the Instax Mini LiPlay, another analog-digital hybrid camera with LCD screen. It’s now officially announced, and other than bringing together analog and digital, it also adds audio to the experience.

Just like the previously released Instax Square SQ10 and SQ20, the Mini LiPlay shoots digitally, but lets you print photos on Instax Mini film. This allows you to keep the digital versions of your photos and print them as many times you want. It also features Bluetooth connectivity which lets you control the camera over your smartphone. This means you can print photos from your phone, or apply filters and frames to your shots when printing.

But the most interesting feature of the Mini LiPlay is a dedicated sound recording button. When you record audio, you can “attach” it to your prints using a QR code. It’s printed along with your instant photo and it can be scanned to hear the sounds while viewing the image. In my opinion, it’s a pretty cool concept. I’ve seen exhibitions which combined visual elements with QR codes for audio; this concept creates a unique (and very fun) experience. I doubt that anyone will exhibit Instax Mini film prints, considering how tiny they are, but who knows.

Among other features, the Instax Mini LiPlay has a fixed 28mm f/2 lens (35mm equivalent). It features a 2.7″ LCD Monitor, and integrated flash and a selfie mirror. You can add filters and frames to your shots via a dedicated app.

Here are the rest of the specs:

Imaging
Pixels 4.9 Megapixel
Maximum Resolution 2560 x 1920
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/5″
Image File Format JPEG
Image Stabilization None
Lens
Focal Length mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28mm)
Maximum Aperture f/2
Focus Range 3.94″ to Infinity / 10 cm to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 1600
Shutter Speed 1/8000 to 1/4 Second
Metering Method Multi, TTL 256-Zones
Exposure Modes Program
Exposure Compensation -2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto
Self Timer 2/10-Second Delay
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone
Viewfinder and Monitor
Monitor Size 2.7″
Monitor Resolution 230,000 Dot
Monitor Type LCD
Flash
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Forced On, Suppressed Flash
Effective Flash Range 1.64 to 4.92′ / 0.5 to 1.5 m
External Flash Connection None
Interface
Memory Card Slot 1 x microSD/microSDHC
Connectivity USB 2.0 Micro-B
Wireless Bluetooth
GPS None
Environmental
Operating Temperature 41 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C
Operating Humidity 20 to 80%
Physical
Battery 1 x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 100 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.25 x 4.84 x 1.44″ / 82.5 x 122.9 x 36.7 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight 8.99 oz / 255 g

The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay will be available for preorders starting 14 June. It comes in three versions: Blush Gold, Elegant Black and Stone White, and it costs $160.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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