The brand-new Fujifilm Instax Evo had just been released in some parts of the World, but there’s another three or four months until it gets its UK and European release. As such, there are scraps of information around the internet, so with this preview we give you the most concise and in-depth look at the new Instax Evo.
A brief description of what the Instax Evo is.
The Fujifilm Instax Evo is an instant film camera that uses Fujifilm’s Mini instant film. This film is perfect for capturing memories, with photographs that for perfectly in your wallet or purse.
Fujifilm Instax mini is the most popular film that Fujifilm make for their instant cameras, and the film measures 86x54mm while the image size is 62x46mm. It’s simple to load into the camera, just line up the yellow tags on the cartridge with the yellow marker on the camera, and once you’ve taken the photograph, the image takes around 90 seconds to develop.
Unlike many other Instax cameras, the Evo is not an analogue camera, but a digital camera. This means you can take a photograph of a subject, and if you don’t like the results, you don’t have to print it straight away!
The Instax Evo, as mentioned, is a digital instant film camera. Its main camera is a 5mp 1/5 CMOS sensor which produces images of 2560 x 1920 pixels. Although that doesn’t sound much in this day and age, on the film format it is meant for, it is more than sufficient to produce great results. The inbuilt memory allows storage for around 45 images, although you can easily insert a micro-SD card to add more storage.
Images are printed at the highest quality yet on a digital Instax camera/printer, printed at a respectable 600dpi for crisp, clear images.
As you’ve probably realised by now, the Evo is not just a digital instant camera, but it can also be used as a printer for Mini film. You can easily, via the Instax Evo app, send images from your mobile phone to print out on film. That in itself is an amazing reason to own one of these cameras!
Unlike previous Instax cameras, you can also use the Instax Evo app to remote shoot with the Evo. You’ll get a live view on your mobile device, which then allows you to control and take photographs while away from the camera. Perfect for many potential situations!
As for shooting modes, the Evo combines what it calls “lens effects” with “film effects” to give you 100 possibilities to make the image your image. These effects range from light leaks, double exposures and colour shift for the lens effects, through film effects such as pale, blue and Sepia.
And you also get Instant-Rich mode for vibrant colours as well as Instant-Natural for more classic looking images plus you get full exposure and white balance control, something not seen on any other Instax cameras.
This is where a photographer of a certain age and breed start to drool. The Instax Evo is a sexy looking film camera, looking like a retro piece of kit, and similar to some of Fujifilm’s other cameras.
It’s front houses the flash, a on and off button a ring around the lens to change lens effects and a second shutter release button.
The back features a 3-inch 460,000 dot TFT colour LCD screen, with a menu button surrounded by a directional pad, back button, play button and a plus button.
The top of the camera you’ll find the shutter release button, a dial for changing film effects as well as a hot-shoe for adding a flash. The most novel feature of all can also be found on the top of the camera, the printing lever. You move this as if you are winding on film, and it starts the process of printing the image you have selected. A very nice addition that really looks like it adds to the experience.
On one side you’ll find the film slot for the film to come out of the camera, plus at the bottom of the camera there’s a slot for the micro-SD card.
Other technical specifications.
We’ve gone through quite a lot of details above and in quite a lot of depth, but of course there are still more specifications that can give you an idea of the camera
The camera has a full frame equivalent focal distance of 28mm, with an F/2.0 aperture. It has a minimum focus distance of just 10cm and a shutter speed range of 1/4 to 1/8000 seconds. ISO is between 100 and 1600 and is automatically chosen by the camera.
Images take around 7 seconds to process, 16 seconds to print and 90 seconds to develop.
The camera weighs 285g, measures 87 mm × 122.9 mm × 36 mm and from full battery can print approximately 100 prints. The battery takes around 3 hours to charge via micro-USB cable.
The Fujifilm Instax Evo is looking like it will be one of the hottest products in the film market. Although seen as a bit of a gimmick, instant film is no different to regular film, in that it captures memories from a time and place. It’s far more convenient than 35mm film though, and you can enjoy your results with seconds of taking the photo.
Instax mini film is amazing. At first, if you’ve never seen mini film, you’ll laugh at its size. However, it’s very practical, and as mentioned, can be stored so much more easily than even a standard 6×4 inch photograph
There’s a reason this film is so popular, with the public (people of all ages), with weddings and with events, and that’s because it’s so accessible and for every other reason already mentioned. I shoot both mini and square film (which is twice as big as mini) and wherever I want to capture family effects, it’s the mini camera and film that gets called into action!
The Fujifilm Instax Evo is not a cheap instant camera but any means. However, taking into consideration it’s design, its features, the fact is a printer and a camera and its sheer fun value, it’s a camera that no Instax fan should be without.
More information available from https://instax.com/mini_evo/en/ images on this article also used from official Instax websites.