Fujifilm has unveiled the Instax Pal, a palm-sized digital camera with an action camera-like look that only snaps photographs that are supposed to be transferred to a smartphone or microSD card and printed on an Instax Link series printer.
The Instax Pal, like the Instax Mini Evo, does not shoot straight to film but rather records images on a digital sensor that can subsequently be printed. However, unlike the Mini Evo, the Pal lacks an in-built printer and is intended to be used in conjunction with Fujifilm’s Link series printers, such as the Mini Link, Square Link, or Link Wide.
The Instax Pal camera is a tiny 4.9MP digital camera with automatic settings, yet the aperture and shutter settings cover various shooting scenarios, from indoors to outdoors. It has a wide-angle lens and a flash, and it allows you to shoot in a variety of ways. You may take pictures by pressing the huge shutter button on the rear, or you can use the Pal app to trigger it remotely. It allows you to capture situations with 3, 6, 11, or 21 continuous shots at three-second intervals.
A removable ring can be used as a finger strap, a simple viewfinder (lol), or a camera stand for remote photography. Other features include an audio prompt speaker, a USB-C charging connector, a microSD card slot (the internal memory can retain 50 photos), and even a tripod screw attachment.
The Instax Pal app provides a look through the camera’s lens for framing photographs and activating the shutter through Bluetooth. Images are then copied to the app automatically. You can change the exposure by +/- 2 EV and select one of two quality settings: Rich mode (vivid, with greater detail) or Natural mode. When you’re ready to print, you may choose from a variety of effects such as sepia, cool, vibrant, and soft, as well as options for brightness, contrast, rotate, crop, text, stickers, emojis, and more.
Printing through the app is available, but it necessitates the use of a separate Fujifilm app for the printer. It prints Instax Mini (2.13 x 3.4 inch) photos in roughly 15 seconds, with a 1.5-minute developing time. Because the technique is the same, the quality is comparable to that of an Instax Mini camera like the SQ40; the only difference is that the Pal’s camera is independent from the printer. The second software has the advantage of allowing you to print photographs from your smartphone’s camera reel.
Photos may also be forwarded to pals via the Pal app or shared on social media, which is appropriate for a camera geared to teenagers. The only disadvantage is that it is not cheap. The Instax Pal bundle (together with the app) will be available in late October for $200, while the special Soft Lavender Instax film made for the bundle will be $15.75 for a ten pack (normal Instax film is around $13 for a ten pack). If you simply require physical images, comparable Instax Mini devices cost less than $100 — but the Pal supports both physical and digital photos and includes a smartphone printer.