Fujifilm has combined both instant cameras and classic film cameras in the attractive new film-digital hybrid Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo. This is the latest advancement in its line of hybrid instant cameras. The Instax Mini Evo combines the appeal of producing instant physical snaps with the versatility and convenience of digital. It comes with a 3-inch LCD on the back, unlike more traditional models such as the Instax Mini 11. Moreover, the camera shoots on Instax Mini film, which means credit-card-sized snaps with an image area of 4.6×6.2cm. The digital sensor of Mini Evo provides a lot more creative shooting options than more basic Instax cameras, before getting a print of your 600dpi snaps. You will get 10 lens modes (such as soft focus, vignette, or fish-eye).
You will also get 10 film effect filter options (such as Vivid, Red, and Monochrome). However, the film simulation modes on Fujifilm’s X-series cameras are based on specific film stocks but they can boost your creative options. The most attractive feature about the Fujifilm Instax Mini Evo is its design. Its faux-leather finish has been echoed on other models, like the Fujifilm Instax Mini 40. But the design looks even more premium and includes some brilliant little touches that recall classic film cameras. These include a lever (use to print a photo rather than move the film onto its next frame) and a dial on the top for switching effects. The fixed lens has a 35mm equivalent field of view, f/2.0 aperture, and a dial that can be turned to change between those lens modes.
The Instax Mini Evo is effectively a mini printer and you can print mini photos from your smartphone or send photos taken on the camera. The Instax Mini Evo has a small 1/5-inch CMOS sensor, so we can still expect it to produce lo-fi image quality. Most hybrid models like this always aren’t considered ‘true’ instant cameras by diehards, because of their digital sensors. But like the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ20, the plus side for beginners is that hybrid cameras remove some of the guesswork from instant photography by letting you tweak the shots before you print – or simply print out snaps from your smartphone’s technically superior camera. The Instax Mini Evo is available from December 1, 2021, but the instant camera fans in the US should wait till February 2022.