Instax Share Printer Review - The Dainty Squid

Instax Share Printer Review

Monday, February 02, 2015

Recently Michaels contacted me about the Instax Share Printer, wanting to know if I'd like to give it a spin. I hadn't heard of it yet but a quick google search and I was sold. So, what is it? The instax share printer is a tiny little battery-operated printer that produces 62mm x 46mm photos from an Android or iPhone. You can now print all the photos from your phone right on to instax film.

This appeals to me for so many reasons. The two most obvious reasons being I love instant film and I love having tangible copies of my photos. When I shoot film I get prints of all my photos made, regardless if I love the photo or not but I rarely ever get my digital photos printed. It's kind of a bummer but it's a hard habit to get into! This changes that, now printing my photos is not only fun but the prints are adorable.

I own a few instax cameras but there are definitely situations they're not meant for. Low light, fast moving subjects, and selfies are all kind of difficult. Lets not forget that it's not the most portable camera. This printer solves all those problems! You can shoot with your phone, if that's your thing, or if you're like me, shoot with your camera and then send the photos to your phone and PRINT!
It's SUPER easy to set up. I didn't even need to read the directions. You just download the app, connect the printer and your phone by joining the printer's network, choose your photo and hit print. The app isn't the prettiest but it is easy to navigate. It also offers filters and templates so you can edit your photos just before printing them if you'd like.

The quality of the photos is just what you'd expect from instant film. I've noticed the photos are bit less sharp than they appear on my phone, and it has a tendency to print the photos a tad overexposed. It doesn't bother me at all but since it is a consistent "issue" it would be super easy to compensate for those things before printing. 
The only real con is the price of film which really has nothing to do with the printer itself. Instax mini film, which is what the printer uses, costs little bit less than a dollar per photo at this time. You need to be a bit choosy with what you print but I guess you really should be with anything you print, right?

Bottom line is that if you're looking to print more of your photos in a unique way, the instax share printer should definitely be something you consider. I love this thing!
xoxo 

Special thanks to Michaels for providing me with the printer!

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25 thoughts

  1. Just added it to my Amazon wishlist. This thing look awesome!!

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  2. I got this printer for Christmas from my parents and I absolutely love it. I love that I can print any photo I've taken before in the Instax format! I have an Instax mini camera already but barely used it because I was always worried I wouldn't like the photo for whatever reason. This printer completely takes away that fear! And I agree, the cost of film (and how hard it is to find in stores) is a bummer.

    lauren / lipstick & lacquer

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    1. That's exactly why I love, I don't have to worry about wasting film because I already know exactly what will print!

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    2. *love it

      Missing a word there! :P

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  3. I've been eyeing this printer for a while. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Ah wow this is such a cool tool, I love the look of polaroids but as you said, polaroid cameras aren't always the best for certain situations <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  5. Interesting! I've never heard of this. If I were more into my Instax camera, I'd consider buying it. For now, though, I just order the normal twin packs for my printed pictures. Thanks for the review!

    Circus & Bloom
    ♥♥♥

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  6. I was literally JUST looking at this yesterday! I'm real excited to see a review up, and to see that it's generally positive. I am still a little iffy, given the price compared to an Instax camera istelf, but your pros to using it over the camera definitely helped with that.

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  7. Oh wow... I want this! I wish I had enough money to spare! Thanks for the review. It's totally going on my wish list.

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  8. Oh, very very cute. Such diddy little prints, I love them!
    Astrid x

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  9. Great post! I've been wondering whether to get an instax wide or mini. Which do you recommend? x

    heartoffnowhere.blogspot.com

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    1. All depends on preference. I wrote a post not too long ago comparing four different instant cameras, both instax ones included.
      http://www.thedaintysquid.com/2014/11/four-instant-cameras.html

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  10. omg im so glad to see a review of this ive been dying to try one out!
    dp
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    Inanity and the Girl

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  11. This looks like so much fun! i have been getting better at taking more pictures, but not so good at actually printing them out. Something to work on!

    I like the idea of doing a 365 project on Instax and then putting it all in a book. It seems like a fun but casual way to capture a year.

    xx Kathryn
    http://www.throughthethicket.ca

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  12. I really, really want one of these! I definitely never print any of my digital photos as I've never had good luck with the quality when printing them. This would be a fun option to print those photos. Have you ever done a post on how/where you store your photos? I imagine you have albums and albums full!

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    1. I'm honestly super awful about organizing photos. Basically all my photos are just in boxes. Someday I'll put them all in albums but the initial cost of buying a million albums and actually finding ones I like is scary.

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  13. This sounds pretty awesome!

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  14. This is amazing! I didn't even know this was a thing til now! So happy to have stumbled across your blog!
    BEX RUBALCAVA

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  15. I've always wanted to buy one of these. I want one because I love to make scrap books, but I just couldn't find the time to enjoy it. Great review.

    http://heidepadilla.blogspot.com/

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  16. I'd love one of these. I have an Instax mini 8 and adore it. But you're right about the film, it's v expensive for the odd shot.

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  17. That sounds AMAZING!! It has already been added to the cart!
    Thanks for the review!

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  18. This is most definitely something I would be interested in, great post x
    https://latteincoventgarden.wordpress.com/

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