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Printing with the Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 Printer

This is a quick look at using the Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 Printer and my experience with it.

The Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 Printer, film and some photos I took.
The Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 Printer, film and some photos I took.

The first time I came across the Fujifilm instax stuff was several months ago. I stumbled upon this youtube video about James Day, a Sydney based photographer. He used an old instant camera and an instax printer to print out beautiful moments of the wedding day. He then boxed and gifted the prints to the newly wedded couple at the end of the wedding day. It was awesome to see the couple get very excited and emotional when they opened the box to discover photos inside.

I wanted to experience that joy of waiting for the photo to come out of the printer, wait for it to develop and see people get excited for it. Pretty soon I bought a Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 Printer along with a bunch of instax mini film to go with it.

Using it is easy enough. You just open a new pack of instax mini films and pop the film cartridge into the back of the printer. Make sure the printer is charged up then turn it on. The printer will spit out the cartridge protective opening and it is ready to print. A single cartridge holds 10 films. You can either print from the Fujifilm instax SHARE app which is available on both iOS and Android. Alternatively you could print directly from a Fujifilm camera like my X-T2.

On Android, you can use any of your usual photo and social media apps and ‘share’ a photo to the instax SHARE app to print. The instax SHARE has a couple of editing and print customisation options. You can check out the app on the app store that is relevant to you to find out more on what it can do.

The SP2 printer has a power button, a reprint button and a micro USB port for charging. The reprint button lets you reprint the last photo that was printed.

Once you hit the print button, the print process takes a couple seconds. You can then watch the film gently pushed out of the top of the printer. The photo takes a minute or two to develop. The whole process is very exciting!

Print and watch the instax film photo come out!

The film takes a little time to develop but it’s a lot of fun to watch and wait!

I did find that the prints produced out of my printer has these white strips of area alongside the top and bottom of the photo in landscape orientation when the photos are developing. Lucky they disappear over time and will almost disappear completely after a few days. I am not sure whether this is normal or some sort of defect. No one on the internet has mentioned the same thing and they don’t really bother me so I just left it.

As someone who has never really experienced film and polaroid as a kid,  the instax printer is a very cool and exciting gadget to own and use! I generally bring it with me when I am out and about with my camera and print mostly for friends. The printer is small enough to fit in the corner of any backpack or bag.

Most of the time I delete the photo off my camera after it is printed. The idea that you are holding the only copy of a photo just makes it that much precious and memorable.

I would definitely recommend getting this little printer if you have the spare cash to invest.

Thanks for reading and have a good day!

Photo of some spring star flowers.
Photo of some spring star flowers.
Instax mini photos.
More instax mini photos.

By Benjamin Huang

Software developer, photographer, gamer, food junkie and music lover.

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