Back at Christmas I received a Fuji Instax SP-2 printer, a small printer that prints credit card sized sized jpg photographs directly from a wi-fi connected Fuji camera or via smartphone from the instax sharing app.
I've been after an instax printer for quite a while now and it's fair to say haven't been disappointed with it so far. Running on rechargeable battery power, the SP2 printer connects easily to your device (camera or phone) X allowing you to choose the photo you want to print.
Using the printer through the phone app gives plenty of options to change the look and feel of your photo in addition to landscape or portrait modes. Attached to a Fuji camera, all of the processing work is is done in camera and from there it's just a case of hitting print.
The great thing about the SP-2 is just how easy it is to use. Simply connect your phone or camera to the printer via wi-fi, choose the photo you wish to print and hit the print button. It even features a reprint button which automatically reprints the last photograph easily which is really cool if you want one for you and one for a friend.
Printing takes around 10 seconds and the processing time of the photo once out of the camera is around 2 minutes or so.
Size & Dimensions
The SP-2 is approximately 90mm wide by 130mm high and just 40mm deep and weighs a little over 250g including the battery and film pack making it easy to pop into your camera bag and carry around with you.
You can see from the photograph below how big the SP2 is. Sat next to my Fuji X70 and external battery pack, I could easily fit all three of these into my winter coat and spend the day out and about with them, with the option of printing the odd photograph should I wish to.
The real bugbear for me is that the prints aren't particularly cheap. A pack of 10 prints costs anywhere from £12 - £14 upwards for 20 photos. That works out to around £0.60p per print and the quality is nowhere near you'd get from a traditional print, even from one of the quick print machines in your local photographic shop or supermarket.
However that's not really the point, it's a throwback to the old days of instant film, where a printed photograph is worth a thousand words, can be made almost instantly and shared with family, friends or with people who's photograph you've just taken and in today's digital age that can't all be bad can it?