Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 printer review: Simple, fun instant photo printer for your smartphone

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The Good The portable, lightweight Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 photo printer quickly turns your smartphone photos into small instant prints. It's easy to operate and use. The iOS and Android apps offer some fun editing, print options.

The Bad The printer's price is maybe a touch too high for an impulse purchase and the cost-per-print might also be a bit much.

The Bottom Line Merging old and new, Fujifilm's Instax Share SP-1 is a fun, portable wireless instant photo printer worth picking up if you don't mind the costs.

8.0 Overall

If you're like most people I know, you take a lot of snapshots with your smartphone. And, sure, you probably occasionally flip through them to show shots to your friends and family, but you probably rarely if ever print them -- for yourself or others.

Still, there's something about having prints instead of staring at a screen, and that's what makes Fujifilm's little portable printer so nice.

The Instax Share SP-1 sells for about $160 (£140, AU$160), measures 4 inches wide by 1.7 inches high by 4.5 inches deep (101.6 by 42 by 122.5 mm), and isn't a traditional photo printer. There are no ink tanks or stacks of blank photo paper needed.

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Instead, it uses a 10-print cartridge of instant film, the kind most commonly associated with Polaroid cameras. It's the same film used for Fujifilm's Instax Mini cameras and can be found for around $15 (£18, AU$30) for two cartridges. The prints are small at 3.4 by 2.1 inches (86 by 54 mm), though the actual image size is 2.4 by 1.8 inches (62 by 46 mm).

That's not exactly cheap, but the benefit here is that, unlike using one of the Instax Mini cameras, there are no wasted prints since you're using shots from your smartphone.

The Instax Share app for iOS and Android is the link between your mobile device and printer. Screenshot by Joshua Goldman/CNET

Setup is easy. The printer runs on two CR2 lithium batteries, but can also be powered by an optional AC adapter (not included). Pop in the batteries, drop in a film cartridge, and you're ready.

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