Fujifilm has introduced the most recent immediate digital camera 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 immediate digital camera choose — and can be out there 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. Nonetheless, 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’ll a standard point-and-shoot. I’ve solely simply began testing the digital camera, however based mostly on my first impression, this makes zooming in just a bit extra enjoyable and intuitive because of this.
You can too now energy the moment digital camera 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 digital camera on and pop the lens out after which push it again to show the digital camera off. That’s not precisely intuitive, and I think about that, mixed with the shortage of clear “on” and “off” labels, could have made it somewhat more durable for youths to make use of the Instax Mini 11.
Nonetheless, whereas I like the truth that it’s now extra intuitive to show off the digital camera, I choose 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 simple to unintentionally flip the Instax Mini 12 off, which I did whereas making an attempt to change the lens to Shut-Up Mode. It’s attainable, although, issues will enhance after I check the digital camera extra and modify to the change.
Fujifilm’s additionally made some modifications to the flash which might be value declaring. Although, sadly, you continue to can’t flip the flash off, Fujifilm says the brand new computerized flash management ought to higher optimize picture high quality in vivid and low gentle environments. I’ll should do additional testing to see if that declare holds true, however I hope it’s since that was one among my essential points with its in any other case glorious 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 broad, which makes holding it whereas taking photographs 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 can be launched quickly. Customers can digitally scan, import, manage, and retailer their footage within the app regardless of which Instax print or digital camera they personal, which implies Instax Mini 12 customers can even have the ability to use it.
I’ll quickly be updating our immediate digital camera 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.