FUJIFILM will release a hybrid instant camera "instax mini LiPlay", which supports credit-card-size film and allows you to enjoy photo prints on the spot.
The LiPlay is a hybrid instant film camera. It doesn't shoot straight to instant film like analog Instax cameras, but instead uses a very small 1/5-inch digital image sensor that captures 2,560x1,920-pixel images (about 5 megapixels). The prints are small like those from other Instax Mini cameras at 3.4 by 2.1 inches (86 by 54 mm), though the actual image size is 2.4 by 1.8 inches (62 by 46 mm).
The camera’s main unit is the smallest and most lightweight in the history of the instax series. Yet, at the same time, the camera is packed with new features such as the “Sound Message” function to convey a voice message or other audio data in the form of a QR code on a photo print, and the “Direct Print” function to print images in your smartphone on instax film.
Fujifilm has also announced new metallic instax mini film “CONFETTI” and instax square film “Star-illumination,” available in two stages from June 21, adding a touch of flamboyant flair to your photos.
The “instax” series of instant cameras, launched in 1998, is affectionately called “Cheki” in Japan, where it has enjoyed wide popularity for over 20 years. Today, it is sold in over 100 countries around the world, including Europe, Americas, Asia Pacific, with the cumulative number of units shipped topping 45 million worldwide.
The new “LiPlay,” is a hybrid instant camera that allows you to check images you have taken on the 2.7-inch LCD monitor on the back and choose images you want to print. The camera’s sound-recording function is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The “Sound Recording” function converts the audio data into a QR code and adds it to a photo to be printed out together. The audio can be replayed by scanning the printed QR code with a smartphone. This allows you to give your sentiment at the pictured scene. The camera also features the “Direct Print” function, which transfers a photo via Bluetooth in your smartphone to the LiPlay for printing. You can print your favorite picture in your smartphone easily on instax film and share it with your friends. To take a group photo, the camera also offers the Remote Shooting function so that you can release the shutter by using a smartphone operation.
The camera includes buttons and dials for basic operations such as shutter release and Sound Recording function. The camera comes in three colors, each of which has different surface processing, such as embossed or smooth finish.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay goes on sale June 14 for $160.
|Image sensor||1/5 type CMOS primary color filter|
|Number of recorded pixels||2560 × 1920 pixels|
|Storage media||Internal memory, micro SD/micro SDHC memory card|
|Storage capacity||Approximately 45 images in internal memory; approximately 850 images per 1 GB in micro SD/micro SDHC memory card|
|Recording method||DCF compliant Exif Ver 2.3|
|Focus distance||f = 28 mm (35 mm film equivalent)|
|Single AF (with AF Illuminator)|
|Shooting distance||10 cm and beyond|
|Shutter speed||1/4 second to 1/8000 second (automatic switching)|
|Shooting sensitivity||ISO100 to 1600 (automatic switching)|
|Exposure control||Program AE|
|Exposure||−2.0 EV to +2.0 EV (1/3 EV step)|
|Metering method||TTL 256 split metering, multi metering|
|Flash||Auto Flash / Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash Shooting range with flash: Approximately 50 cm to 1.5 m|
|Self-timer||Approximately 2 seconds / approximately 10 seconds|
|Image effects||6 Filters, 10 Frames (3 available with shortcuts)|
|Sound recording||Possible to record sound when shooting or playing back single image.|
|Film used||FUJIFILM INSTAX Mini Instant Film (sold separately)|
|Number of films||10 films/pack|
|Film size||86 mm × 54 mm|
|Screen size||62 mm × 46 mm|
|Print pixel count||800 × 600 dots|
|Print resolution||12.5 dots / mm (318 dpi, 80 μm dot pitch)|
|Print gradation||RGB gradation of 256 colors|
|Smartphone app linked functions||Sound Playback Function from printed images, Smartphone Image Print Function, Remote Shooting Function, Frame Selection Function|
|LCD monitor||2.7-inch TFT color LCD monitor Pixel count: Approximately 230,000 dots|
|External interface||Micro USB Micro-B (for charging only)|
|Power supply||Lithium ion battery (internal type: not removable)|
|Charging function||Built-in battery|
|Possible number of printed images||Approximately 100 (from full charge) (The number of prints depends on the usage conditions.)|
|Charging time||Approximately 2-3 hours(Charging time depends on the temperature.)|
|Main unit dimensions||82.5 mm × 122.9 mm × 36.7 mm (excluding projecting parts)|
|Main unit weight||Approximately 255 g|
|Operating environment||Temperature: +5 ºC to +40 ºC (+41 ºF to +104 ºF) Humidity: 20% to 80% (no condensation)|