Fujifilm reveals portable Instax Share SP-1 photo printer

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Portable printing solutions have often been stuck in the background of the mobile photography revolution. After all, it takes a whole lot of effort to print your memories rather than just posting them to a social network.

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Fujifilm wants to help bring photo prints back to the forefront of mobile photography. First showed off at CES, the Instax Share SP-1 connects to your smartphone through a dedicated iOS or Android app to receive images for printing. Using film around the size of a credit card, the SP-1 spits out smartphone images at the touch of a button.

Users also get the option of applying five different templates, ranging from a real-time template (which includes an overlay of time, weather, temperature and humidity) to a social network template (for including a profile photo and the number of likes for images printed from Facebook and Instagram).

Alongside printing photos in colour, sepia and black-and-white filters are available. The unit is battery powered and its two CR2 lithium units should be good for 100 shots. There is no RRP for Australia just yet, but the product will be available locally from April 2014. As a guide of what to expect, the SP-1 will debut at US$199 when it is released in the United States, which seems like a steep price for a fun, novelty product.

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