Fujifilm Introduces the Instax Mini Evo Hybrid Instant Camera

Fujifilm has announced the Instax Mini Evo Hybrid instant camera that combines instant camera functionality with digital image technology.

“The Instax Mini Evo Hybrid Instant Camera offers a unique way to chronicle life’s milestones,” said Manny Almeida, division president, Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “This camera was designed to give the photographer the flexibility to choose which images to instantly print, which images to share, and which images to store for later access. This unique variety of options, when paired with the classic analog-style of traditional Instax cameras, creates a premium experience for the consumer that transcends standard instant photography.”

The Instax Mini Evo instant camera includes 10 integrated lenses and 10 film effects, giving photographers 100 possible combinations to choose from. You can make prints directly from the camera using Instax Mini film or send photos to a connected smartphone camera roll using the Instax Mini Evo Smartphone application. Plus, a microSD card slot lets users store images for later. The camera includes internal storage to hold about 45 images. You don’t have to print every photo you take, nor does running out of Instax film mean you can’t continue using the Mini Evo. The Mini Evo includes a built-in Lithium-Ion battery that enables printing of up to 100 images per charge, depending on the individual use case.

Available lens effects include Normal, Vignette, Soft Focus, Blur, Fisheye, Color Shift, Light Leak, Mirror, Double Exposure, and Half-Frame. The 10 Film Effects include Normal, Vivid, Pale, Canvas, Monochrome, Sepia, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Retro.

The camera has a built-in 28mm-equivalent f/2.0 lens. The camera’s sensor is a 1/5-inch CMOS with a primary color filter. The picture resolution is 2560 x 1920, translated to 4.9-megapixel. The back of the camera includes a 3-inch LCD to assist with framing and navigating menus and stored images. There’s even a film advance lever for printing, which is a nostalgic touch. The camera’s dimensions are 87 x 122.9 x 36mm and it weighs approximately 285g.

The camera has an ISO range of 100 to 1600 and a shutter speed range of 1/4s to 1/8000s. The camera can focus as close as 10cm. Exposure compensation is available from -2 to +2 EV and the camera uses a TTL metering system. In addition automatic white balance, there are a few user-selectable WB presets and the camera includes a built-in flash (range is approximately 50 cm to 1.5 m).

Fujifilm is also launching a new Instax Mini Stone Gray instant film, which has a new contrast compared to the typical white-bordered look. The company says that it better provides “eye-catching contrast” against vividly printed images. The film will be available in a single pack with 10 exposures for $15.

The Instax Mini Evo will be available in black and silver finishes for $200 and is expected to be available starting in February of 2022.

More info on Fujifilm’s website.

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