The new Instax Mini LiPlay is the latest addition to the instant camera line-up of Fujifilm.
Even though we are now on a more advanced era, print films are still fighting for their existence.
In this article, we will share our experience with the Mini LiPlay; how we use it, when to use it, and how important it is to have one of these instant cameras.
Mini LiPlay Aesthetics and Features
The Mini LiPlay comes in a small and compact form factor. The one that we have comes in Stone White color and it is very stylish and just perfect any gender.
The rear of the camera houses the shutter button, the camera, and the audio record button. At first, we are having a hard time pressing the shutter button because we grew up with cameras that have the shutter button on the sides. But later on, we eventually get used to it and surprisingly, we feel that having this kind shutter button positioning is way better than the traditional one.
In addition, it also has a mirror-like reflective material beside the camera module where-in you can see if you are in the frame when shooting selfie or groupfie.
On the front, it has a 2.7-inch LCD, navigation buttons, and the print function button.
The display allows you to see the preview when shooting a photo and browse through them after. The Instax Mini LiPlay has a micro SD card support so you can shoot as many photos as you can and it allows you to choose which photos you want to print or save.
On the left side, it has three (3) programmable function button where-in you can set up your desired frame for easy access when printing a photo. You can also find the power button and the microSD card slot here.
And speaking of frames, the Mini LiPlay has built-in ten (10) frames so you can instantly add unique style to your photo when directly printing from the camera. If you want more, you can install the Mini LiPlay app from Google / iOS app store and unlock more frames for your photos. You can also instantly print saved images from your smartphone and it will only take around 12 seconds to complete each print.
The app also allows you to control the Mini LiPlay remotely and preview a live feed of the LiPlay’s camera.
We also like the printing animation where-in it scrolls up the image on the screen in-sync with the printing film. It’s just a nice new touch to the transition from the digital to the real world.
One of the cool new features of the Mini LiPlay is the Sound function where-in you can record a voice message or other audio data in the form of a QR code then you can include it on the printed photo. The audio can be replayed by scanning the printed QR code with a smartphone.
Experience with the Mini LiPlay
Honestly, we didn’t even think of having an instant camera before. By just thinking of its price and the cost of buying films, instant cameras are not your typical everyday camera.
But now after Fujifilm let us try one of their Instax cameras, we can say that having one of these new-gen film cameras will surely give you a more thoughtful way of capturing and sharing special moments of your life.
During our two weeks of using the Instax Mini LiPlay, we are so happy that we are able to capture and print special moment instantly; this includes birthdays, meeting an old friend, and family bonding.
There was a time where I do not have the time to buy a gift for my friend who’s having her birthday. The Mini LiPlay saved me by being able to capture the time of her special day, the time when we are having fun, and the time with all of us after few months of not seeing each other.
I am able to print those moments instantly and gave them to her as a gift/souvenir for her special day.
This is another example where you can use the Mini LiPlay. My godchild will be having his second birthday a few days from now and as an addition to my birthday gift to him, I printed out some of his photos and I will place them on a frame to make a collage.
These kind of scenarios are just some of the many instances where you can use an instant camera like the Mini LiPlay.
To conclude it all, having an instant camera makes us realized that prints are still relevant in today’s society. That sense of being able to share tangible printouts bring a more thoughtful and meaningful perspective compared to sharing photos on social media.
The Fujifilm Instax Mini LiPlay has so many good features that will surely level-up your game when it comes to printing out special moments.
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