Hot off the Neopan ACROS 100 II announcement, FujiFilm is riding the film photography train with the announcement of a new digital-film-hybrid camera; the Instax Mini LiPlay. Similar to the older SQ10 and SQ20 cameras, the LiPlay is a digital camera coupled with a printer that prints with light onto instax film, but unlike the SQ cameras which print onto the larger (but less common and more expensive) square film, the LiPlay prints onto the more ubiquitous credit card sized Instax Mini film.
Image Sensor: 1/5″ Sensor
Effective Pixels: 2560 x 1920 px (Approx. 5MP)
Storage Media: Built-in Memory, MicroSD
Lens Focal Length: 28mm (35mm Equivalent)
Lens Aperture: f/2.0
Focus Range: 10 cm to ∞
Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec. to 1/8000 sec. (Auto)
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 1600 (Auto)
Exposure Compensation: -2.0 to +2.0 EV (in increments of 1/3 EV)
Compatible Film: Instax Mini
Photo Capacity: 10 Prints/pack
Image Size: 62x46mm
Print Resolution: 800x600px
Printing Resolution: 318 dpi
Printing Time: Approx. 12 seconds
Print Capacity: Approx. 100 prints per charge
Screen: 2.7″ LCD, 230K dots
Battery: Built-In, USB Rechargeable
Recharge Time: 2 to 3 Hours
Dimensions: 82.5 x 122.9 x 36.7 mm
Weight: Approx 255g (Excluding Film & MicroSD)
Personally, I can’t imagine myself using this – I think the stand-alone printers like the SP-2 and SP-3 are more appealing because I want to print photos from a high-quality camera like a D-SLR or mirrorless, but I can imagine this being a very good alternative to basic cameras like the Mini 9 or Mini 90.
The camera will be available from June 14th, depending on your region, and will be available in three colours; “Elegant Black”, “Blush Gold” and “Stone White” – each having a different texture as well as a different colour. It’ll be priced at $159.95 USD, with the Australian price yet to be announced – although Fuji is holding a press event at the Sydney Opera House on June 18th.