Fujifilm has introduced the most recent on the spot digicam 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 current top instant camera pick — and will likely be obtainable round mid-March for $79.95.
Save for a number of minor characteristic and design updates, the Instax Mini 11 and Instax Mini 12 look equivalent. Nevertheless, the lens construction is probably the most notable change. Now you can, as an illustration, twist the lens to enter the Shut-Up Mode as a substitute of pushing a button, a lot as you’d a standard point-and-shoot. I’ve solely simply began testing the digicam, however based mostly on my first impression, this makes zooming in just a bit extra enjoyable and intuitive in consequence.
It’s also possible to now energy the moment digicam 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 digicam on and pop the lens out after which push it again to show the digicam 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 a bit of 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 digicam, 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 by chance flip the Instax Mini 12 off, which I did whereas making an attempt to modify the lens to Shut-Up Mode. It’s doable, although, issues will enhance after I take a look at the digicam extra and alter to the change.
Fujifilm’s additionally made some adjustments to the flash which are 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 brilliant and low gentle environments. I’ll must do additional testing to see if that declare holds true, however I hope it’s since that was certainly one of my fundamental points with its in any other case glorious predecessor.
Lastly, as talked about earlier than, the Instax Mini 12 options a number of design adjustments. 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 extensive, which makes holding it whereas taking pictures simpler. As well as, Fujifilm’s swapped out the black colorway with a brand new and enjoyable mint inexperienced shade that 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 will likely be launched quickly. Customers can digitally scan, import, arrange, and retailer their photos within the app regardless of which Instax print or digicam they personal, which implies Instax Mini 12 customers will even be capable to use it.