Fuji introduced its new Mini LiPlay Instax camera this week. The new LiPlay camera uses the popular Instax Mini credit card sized film but turns to a digital sensor, which reduces some of the bulk compared to analog Instax Mini cameras.
We saw is a similar concept in the Fuji Instax SQ20; however, the form factor was a little on the clunky side. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses a 4.9MP 1/5″ sensor. And being a digital sensor, the LiPlay offers the ability for auto exposure and auto focus – two features missing on its analog counterpart. The fixed f/2 aperture on the 28mm-equivalent lens is going to help with the lower light capture on the Mini LiPlay as well, which will make indoor Instax photos easier and more consistent.
The camera can print up to 100 photos on a single charge. It takes about 12 seconds to print a single photo. There are several frames and filters to apply to your photos for printing as well.
Fuji also added the ability to convert recorded sounds into a QR code and add it your photo, which you can then scan the QR code with your smartphone to replay the sound at any later time. A more useful feature, perhaps, is the ability to print from your smartphone to the camera’s Instax Mini film. With the increasing quality of smartphone cameras, you are probably going to get better results from your shallow depth-of-field iPhone photos anyway.
The Fuji Instax Mini LiPlay will be available June 14 for $159.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.