Imprimante Instax Share SP-3 de Fujifilm

Review: Instax Share SP-3 (Fujifilm)



In 2017, Fujifilm created a new branch in its Instax range of instant cameras and films. The Instax Square format, a square instant film, was launched at the same time as a camera bearing the same name. Since then, Fujifilm has extended the Square range with the Instax Share SP-3 printer, which we will present here.

This isn’t Fujifilm’s first attempt with small printers using Instax films. The brand had already launched two models using Instax Mini film cartridges: the Instax Share SP and SP-2. This new printer, called Instax Share SP-3, also uses Instax Square film cartridges.

Design

The design of the Instax Share SP-3 is a tasteful combination of straight lines and angles, giving the object a monolithic and elegant modern look.
This printer can either rest upright or on its side.
The Instax Share SP-3 is available in two different colors: black or white. The black colored model is the one we have in our hands. On closer inspection, it is not absolutely black as it casts magenta reflections. The coating is matt and slightly mottled. The device is resistant to fingerprints.
The printer has a small “Instax Share SP-3 SQ” logo at the center of one of its longest sides. On the opposite side, the Fujifilm logo is discreetly positioned in the center.
The side which has the slot through which the images are ejected is pink gold. It features a series of ten tiny LEDs that let you know how many pictures are left in the cartridge.
There is a button on each side of this slot: the start button on one side, and the Reprint button on the other (this function allows you to reprint the last photo).

The access hatch to the battery compartment is located on the bottom of the unit. A small flap allows you to connect the printer to the printer to power it up with a micro USB cable. When the camera is charging, a small green LED flashes near the slot through which the images are ejected.
The button to open the back of the camera is well designed and properly embedded in the object. Pressing down on it opens the entire width of the back cover so that you can load the Instax Square film cartridge. A yellow mark inside the printer is your guide for placing your film refill.
This SP-3 printer is undoubtedly a nicely crafted object, which is as pleasant to look at as it is to handle.

Well designed, but also compact, lightweight, and quiet, this printer has a good chance of winning you over.

Well designed, but also compact, lightweight, and quiet, this printer has a good chance of winning you over.

How does it work?

Not surprisingly, the Instax Share SP-3 has the same operating principles as previous printers. It is managed via an Instax Share application that you can download on your smartphone (on iOS and Android).
When you use it for the first time, you have to connect your application to the printer. The connection is simply done via Wi-Fi. The application will ask you to create a password (that you can modify later).
The app’s home screen, which is divided into panes, gives you access to a number of options and operating modes. Some of them are important, while others are less relevant.

A real-time model function. It aims to preserve the spirit of instant photography. You can take a picture using your smartphone’s camera and the printer will overlay it with the information that identifies the moment of the shot, namely :

  • the date and time of the shot,
  • the temperature and geolocation.

A small “Real time” badge adorns the image.

A “Take a picture” button launches the camera on your smartphone. This shortcut is a little superfluous but this and the previous option help in preserving the “instant experience”, bringing this product closer to the rest of the Instax range.
The Selection from Gallery function is probably one of the one you will use the most. This is a file explorer that will make the photos show up on your phone. You can also connect to your different social media networks to extract images: this function is compatible with Instagram and Facebook, but also Google photo, Flickr or Dropbox.

The printer's interface is functional and rather fun to use despite some mistakes in the French translation and paths that don’t always make the most sense.

The printer’s interface is functional and rather fun to use despite some mistakes in the French translation and paths that don’t always make the most sense.

Reprint function. The app remembers the photos you printed previously and shows them to you with a thumbnail preview. Through this function, you can launch the print of a perfect copy of the image you printed previously.
This function is therefore more complete than the Reprint button on the printer mentioned above, which only allows you to create a copy of the last printed image.
The Settings option is divided into several sub-sections which allow you, among other things, to adjust the settings of the application or the printer itself. It also gives you access to a FAQ.
The Print #tag function lets you search for the tag of your choice in the social network of your choice. It will upload the tagged photos with the word you requested and you can then choose a photo to work on and print among the results.
The My Model function allows you to use predefined templates and to adjust their settings. You can then save your own templates, and reuse them later to save time or to ensure consistency in a series of prints.

Image editing function

Regardless of the function you chose, the next step is to work on your image through the template options and editing functions.
Once a photo is selected, changes can be done in several ways. You can rotate your image in one direction or the other with high accuracy. You can zoom into the image and adjust the frame by moving around by dragging and dropping.

If you select an image from an Instagram feed, the default template will show the profile photo of the associated account, the post title, the description, and the number of likes it received.

If you select an image from an Instagram feed, the default template will show the profile photo of the associated account, the post title, the description, and the number of likes it received.

You can then add one of the three available filters. The first one is called the Intelligence filter and it automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness. It can also correct the white balance and add sharpness. It is quite useful and effective in most cases.
The other filters are the Black and White and Sepia filters. At any time, you can choose to return to the original image.
The customization options come next and let you adjust the Brightness, Contrast and Saturation of your images. The range sliders give you good control over all these settings.

The Models provide you with three types of options.
The first entry, Model (!), is contextual. If you select an image from your Instagram account, for example, it will offer you a specific template, showing the avatar linked to the Instagram account, the date of the post, the comment and the number of likes. In some cases it is of very little interest since it only contains the default setting and a “Limited” template which places the text over the image… You will not find the custom templates created under “My template” function accessible from the home screen. Or perhaps we missed something…
The second function is called “Collage” and allows you to combine multiple images on the same photo. The possibilities are infinite and let you split the square frame into two vertical or horizontal parts for example. You can also divide the surface into four or nine equal squares.

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With the “Photo Separation” function, you can divide a photo into two halves which will then be printed on a photo. You can also compose small diptychs.

Separation of the photo”, the third function available, is quite original because it allows you to manage the printing of a two-part image. You divide your image into two halves, each printed on a Square photo. The joining of the two supports produces the complete image.

The interface isn’t always user-friendly as it induces paths that are not always logical and creates moments of confusion (Model function under Models). It may take some trial and error to find your way but you never get stuck for too long.
The French translation of the interface contains some mistakes that, while not ruining the user experience, leave a poor impression.

As a reminder, the side of the image runs along the longest edge of the Instax Mini format. Therefore, the size of the image is somewhere between the Instax Mini and Instax Square formats.
We can observe all the attributes usually associated with this film on the pictures printed on Fujifilm Instax paper: special color rendering, strong contrast, few details in the highlights.
Images that are full of detail can come out quite badly. The printer has a hard time rendering all the details. Complex pictures can appear pixelated and less sharp than simpler images.

The Instax Share SP-3 vs The Instax Square SQ10/20

The SP-3 printer and the Instax Square cameras (SQ20 & SQ10) use the same photo format, so it is tempting to compare them. The Instax Square position itself as a hybrid object: a camera/printer which integrates image editing functions. Unlike other Instax devices, it is not a 100% instantaneous device: triggering does not systematically print out an image that will then develop right before your eyes. With this device, you choose which photo you want to print. This is a considerable advantage that helps avoid failures. Given that it already acts as a printer, there is no need to buy an Instax Share SP-3 if you already own this device.
However, the Instax Share SP-3 printer has other advantages. It allows you to print photos from your phone, which opens the way to many other creative possibilities. You can print pictures of any type, from any source: your camera, an SD card, or even social networks.

Verdict
The Instax Share SP-3 printer has neat design that will appeal those who don’t necessarily need a camera but who want to print images taken from their phone or social networks, and give them a Polaroid look.
The different operating modes, editing options and template system offer many possibilities for a pleasant experience.

The Instax Square film square format is likely to appeal to anyone who wants to get closer to the vintage Polaroid format.

The Instax Square film square format is likely to appeal to anyone who wants to get closer to the vintage Polaroid format.

Advantages and disadvantages of Instax Share SP-3

We like

  • A very neat design
  • A compact and lightweight printer
  • Numerous, fun and original options for the most part

We like less

  • User-friendliness of the application is perfectible
  • A few translation issues on the interface
  • Detail-rich images are not always well-rendered