Instax mini Evo Hybrid review: Combines the bells and whistles of a digital camera with the novelty of an instant – Mark Kavanagh

Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Evo is a hybrid instant camera that I’ve grown especially fond of.

It blends digital photography and instant film into a device with a gorgeous, retro-inspired, faux leather and chrome, design and a slim, compact 285g body that will fit some pockets.

The camera measures 87 x 122.9 x 36 mm, incidentally.

I’ve found it as much fun as the traditional instant cameras from Fujifilm that I have reviewed in the past.

But it adds a layer of practicality that makes it more compelling.

It’s got a micro-SD card slot that means you can print only the pictures that you are happy with rather than wasting 10-shot packets of Instax Mini film on printing every photo you take.

Incidentally, the Mini Evo’s built-in memory holds up to 45 images.

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Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Evo Hybrid

I love the intuitive controls, the extensive combination of picture effects (10 lens modes and 10 filter effects) available at the twist of a dial and the 3in LCD display

One of the advantages of choosing the Instax Mini Evo over a standard instant camera is the ability to pick from 100 different combinations of filters and colour options. You can also choose to turn the flash on or off or set it to automatic..

Print quality

To print a photo, there is a little lever which you can pull, and it takes about 16 seconds to print an image and about 90 seconds for it to fully develop.

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The prints are the highest quality to date, at 600 dpi, and battery life is rated at 100 shots and 20 prints.

Charging is with the supplied micro-USB cable and takes a couple of hours.

An accompanying Instax Mini smartphone app also enables you to use the Mini Evo as a photo printer for your smartphone’s camera roll.

But you can share images from camera to phone if they have been printed first.

There are remote shooting capabilities to play with too.

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The battery lasts for 100 prints

The camera sensor is a small 1/5in CMOS sensor, the focal length is fixed at 28mm, the aperture is f/2.0 and the images printed are about 4.9MP in resolution.

Instax Mini Evo Hybrid comes with dual shutter buttons so you can use it both in portrait mode and landscape, with portrait mode the most obvious format for snaps.

The front shutter button is handy for selfies and pairs nicely with the discreet mirror that enables you to see if your face is in shot).

Batteries and a strap come included in the box.

Verdict

Instax Mini Evo is more expensive than other cameras in the Instax range but when you consider how much you will save in wasted prints, I think it’s worth the investment.

Pricing and availability

Fuji Instax Mini Evo costs €200 at McCabes Pharmacy.