I can not lie: I am a big fan of Fujifilm Instax printers. I also love Instax cameras, but they have limited use cases, and most of the time I don’t want to carry it around. I like to shoot with my phone or mirrorless camera, and then print those images to an Instax printer.
As much as I love Instax prints, the native format is only 1.8 inches by 2.4 inches. It’s rather small, and it’s no Polaroid. Square Instax format film is moderately large (2.4 inches square), but if you want Fujifilm’s largest-format Instax print (3.9 inches by 2.4 inches), you’ll need to buy a camera.
He still was. The new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer brings the company’s largest number of instant film to standalone printers.
My first Instax printer was a spare purchase that has become an integral part of the way I interact with people on my travels. It has also sparked interest in photography in my children. It’s not perfect, but there’s something about the magic of instant print that transcends its limitations. They aren’t gallery-worthy prints, but they sure are fun.
i still use my old Instax SP-1 Printer. Prints are a nice, little gift; They are also a good icebreaker. I love taking pictures of people, but I’m not an outgoing person, so it’s hard to ask someone to take a picture of them. It’s especially hard these days, when everyone assumes you’re going to put your image on Instagram. If you can tell someone that you’re not interested in social media and offer them a print of the image at the same time, you often have a completely different conversation.
Even if you have no desire to visit or photograph strangers, there is something about a physical print that creates a great connection between the scene and the image. You can’t just scroll to the next image. Trust me: make prints. You’ll thank yourself down the road.
This is part of why I love the new Instax Link Wide printer so much. It makes the same great Instax prints, only bigger. The 3.9-by-2.4-inch prints are landscape-oriented—the large edge of the white border is under the long edge, though nothing can stop you from printing a portrait-oriented image if you prefer.
Aside from size, the Instax Link Wide Printer is like Fujifilm’s Mini Link. It’s a relatively nondescript gray (or white) box, about the size of three CD cases. If you are under 30, it is 5.25 inches by 4.75 inches and one inch thick. There’s a single button at the top to turn it on and print the final image again. On the back you’ll find a USB-A port for charging (USB-C would have been nice). You load the movie in the bottom, turn it off, and interact with it entirely through the app, which connects to the printer via Bluetooth.
New Instax Link Wide App for iOS And Android Instax is actually the heart of the Wide Printer. Fujifilm apps are a mixed bag, but Instax has improved recently. The new Wide app is similar in functionality to the Mini Link app that works with the company’s latest Mini printers. However, the layout is completely different, and in my opinion it is very clean and easy to navigate.