There have been many reviews on the internet, both YouTube, blogs and websites of the Fujifilm Instax Evo from individuals, sadly, most of them are not long-term Instax photographers, but have just jumped into the reviews because this is an exciting product. As an Instax user for a few years now, I want to review this from that perspective.
I’ve included a first impressions video which gives you a hands-on look at the camera, plus a quick look at its capabilities and how easy it is to print. Enjoy the video…
To run over my initial thoughts and impressions of the Instax Evo, I’ll go over then here. Some of these were talked about in the video, while others have come to mind since recording the short clips.
I have already written an extensive preview with all the technical specifications which you can find here if you want to know more about the camera specs. I will concentrate on the experience of the camera in this initial review.
First off, the look and the size of the camera. It looks absolutely stunning, there’s no doubt about it, this is a sexy, Fujifilm camera, with similar looks to the X100 series of Fujifilm cameras. With its 28mm equivalent fixed, autofocus lens, it’s very much the look and feel you get from its much more expensive cousin.
The Evo feels a nice weight in the hand. I’m not sure what some reviewers were expecting, but it’s anything but as light a weight as they would have you believe. It is made of plastic, but feels well made. I had a little trouble opening the back door to insert the film, and then I had trouble initially inserting the film. Due to the camera small size, it’s a different fit to other Instax cameras I’ve used when inserting the film cartridge. Now I know how it differs from other Instax cameras, it is easy enough to use.
Setting the camera up is a breeze, just set the language, time and date and you’re ready to go make sure to fully charged your camera first though, as my camera came with only a few seconds of battery life in it.
Just like other Fujifilm cameras, the Evo is very tactile, with all the right buttons in all the right places. It just feels like a Fuji, and you’ll know what every button does as soon as you hold the camera in your hand. The camera comes with a nice little strap too, that has sick release clips for you to remove quickly if you wish.
I was surprised at how quick the autofocus is, more than fast enough for the type of photography that this camera is aimed at doing. And once you learn where the exposure compensation setting is, every photo can be adjusted in quick time.
I’ll be answering more questions on this camera, and my weekly video blog will be containing plenty of samples from the camera.
The good news is, you can use the digital files, even from the photos you haven’t printed by simply inserting the micro-SD card into the computer. Here are the same photos from above, but the actual digital files as taken off the card. Remember, I tried these out on a cold, wet, dark Welsh winters day!
They have a resolution of 1920 x 2560 and are quite good to edit should you wish to reduce highlights and increase shadows etc. I’m very happy with the results, and most importantly, I am happy with the actual prints off the camera, which can be seen next.
The final image in the above group of 6 is a photo sent from the phone to the Evo. It’s a simple process, and I can’t wait to use it more in the future!
The adventure is just beginning… I hope I’ve wet your apetite.
Until next time, please like the blog and the YouTube video, and comments are always welcome, and in fact help me create content by knowing you are enjoying them.
I am a semi-professional photographer who runs a weekly meeting photography group as well as numerous Facebook groups (Great Photography Walks South Wales and Fujifilm Lovers Worldwide Group). I also have a brand-new blog website dedicated to various other things which I like to call The Ramblings Of A Welshman. I hope you can join me there; you might find it interesting! You’ll find my YouTube Channel Here!