I can not lie: I am a huge fan of Fujifilm Instax printers. I love the Instax cameras Also, but these cases have limited use, and most of the time I don’t want to put up with them. I prefer shooting with my phone or mirrorless camera, and then printing those photos out on an Instax printer.
As much as I love Instax prints, the original format is only 1.8 inches x 2.4 inches. This is rather small, not a Polaroid. Instax square format film is moderately larger (2.4 inches square), but if you wanted to print Instax in Fujifilm’s largest format (3.9 inches x 2.4 inches), you had to buy a camera.
That was so far. The new Fujifilm Instax Link Wide smartphone printer brings the company’s largest instant film to a standalone printer.
Instax for the people
My first Instax printer was a frivolous purchase that turned out to be an integral part of how I interact with people when I travel. It also sparked an interest in photography in my children. It’s not perfect, but there is something about the magic of instant printing that goes beyond its limits. They’re not gallery-worthy prints, but they certainly are fun.
I still use my old one Instax SP-1 Printer. nice little gift prints; It is also a good icebreaker. I love photographing people, but I’m not an extroverted person, so asking someone to take their picture is difficult. It’s especially difficult nowadays, when everyone assumes you’re going to put your picture up on Instagram. If you can tell someone you’re not interested in social media and give them a hard copy of the photo right then and there, you’ll often have a completely different conversation.
Even if you don’t have a desire to travel or photograph strangers, there is something about physical prints that connect more display and image. You cannot just scroll to the next image. Believe me: make prints. You will thank yourself along the way.
This is part of the reason I like the new Instax Link Wide printer so much. It makes the same awesome Instax prints, only bigger. 3.9″ x 2.4″ prints are landscape oriented – the large edge of the white border is located at the bottom of the long edge, although there’s nothing to stop you from printing a portrait oriented image if you like.
Other than the size, the Instax Link Wide printer is very similar to the Fujifilm printer mini link. It’s a relatively nondescript gray (or white) box, the size of three stacked CDs. If you are under 30 years old, this equals 5.25 x 4.75 inches and is 1 inch thick. There is one button at the top to turn it on and print the last image again. On the back, you’ll find a USB-A port for charging (USB-C would have been great). You load the movie at the bottom, close it, and interact with it entirely through the app, which connects to the printer via Bluetooth.
The new Instax Link Wide app for iOS And Android It is truly the heart of the Instax Wide printer. Fujifilm apps are a mixed bag, but Instax has been getting better lately. The new Wide app is similar in functionality to the Mini Link app, which is compatible with the company’s latest mini printer. However, the design is completely different and, in my opinion, is much cleaner and easier to navigate.