Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera – Review

We have a couple of Instax mini 9s at home, and the boys and I love them. Being able to print photos instantly is super fun, and you can get really creative with your shots.
I was recently given the brand new FUJIFILM Instax Mini LiPlay hybrid camera to try out, and we’ve been playing with it and capturing some fun photos this summer.
The Mini LiPlay is a hybrid camera that allows you to capture and instantly print photos from the camera or directly print from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. This new camera features a fixed wide-angle lens, built-in flash, integrated selfie mirror, and a rear LCD monitor for image composition and printing setup.
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
As a hybrid instant camera, you can record your photos digitally, select the images you want to print, and print them out on INSTAX Mini Film, as many times as you want. This camera also allows you to record audio and “attach” it to your print through the use of a QR Code, which can be scanned to hear the sounds while viewing.
I love the sleek look of the Mini LiPlay and how compact it is. This is the perfect size camera to carry with you when you are going on an adventure. It also comes in some pretty fun colours. Ours is Stone White.
The LiPlay also offers a variety of frames and filters that can be applied to your shots when printing, making printing so much more fun.
One of my favourite feature of this hybrid camera is the Bluetooth connectivity. Thanks to it, you can pair your phone with the camera for remote shooting and for wireless printing of images from your phone.
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Below I am sharing a list of some other functions/features I love on the new Mini LiPlay:
Prints to Instant Film: Prints to INSTAX Mini instant film,  2.4 x 1.8″ images on a credit card-sized, 3.4 x 2.1″ sheet.
♥ Self-Shot Mirror: Like other Instax cameras before, the Mini LiPlay features a self-shot mirror attached to the side of the lens. I love this one when taking selfies as you can actually check the shooting range.
Lens: It has a fixed 28mm-equivalent lens offers a versatile wide-angle perspective, and an f/2 aperture is well-suited for working in a variety of lighting conditions. The lens also has a 3.9″ minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects.
LCD Screen: It has a rear 2.7″ 230k-dot LCD monitor to navigate the menu and review your photos.
Built-in Flash: Great when working in low-light conditions. This light is also used to indicate the self-timer countdown.
Rechargeable Battery: Battery can take approximately 100 images per charge. It can be charged via USB in approximately 2-3 hours (USB cable included).
Internal Memory: Internal memory holds 45 still images, and you can use a microSD/SDHC memory card slot can be used to expand storage capacity.
Re-Print: Do you love a photo so much you want another copy? Yes, you can actually re-print your favourites with the Mini LiPlay. Photos are saved in your history (latest 50), and you can go back to print them again. Great when you want to gift somebody a copy and still keep one as well.
I am really enjoying playing with the Instax Mini LiPlay. I love that as a hybrid; I can get creative with my shots, add fun frames, sounds, and then print only the photos I really love, without compromising and knowing exactly how the end print will look like. I can also connect it to my phone via Bluetooth for remote shooting and to print my favourite photos taken with my phone.
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
If you are in the market for a compact, instant camera, then I highly suggest you check out the Mini LiPlay. You will get the best of both worlds with the hybrid function, save on film and print only the photos you love, instantly. For more information on the FUJIFILM Instax Mini LiPlay, visit the Instax website here
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera - Review
Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Fujifilm. However, all views and opinions are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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16 responses to “Instax Mini LiPlay Hybrid Instant Camera – Review”

  1. Shirley P — August 9, 2019 @ 12:27 pm (#)

    This looks like a nice camera to have It nice tobe able to print the photos right away

  2. Lynda Cook — August 9, 2019 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    Such an awesome little camera, this is something the kids/teenagers would have a blast with, they can print all their photos and share!

  3. Emily — August 9, 2019 @ 6:18 pm (#)

    My oh my, what a super cool camera!

  4. Tammi L. — August 9, 2019 @ 6:37 pm (#)

    I love that it is a hybrid. I always loved the idea of being able to print instantly but hated that once you did it, that was it. There are some great features on this baby! Thanks for a super review.

  5. mrdisco — August 9, 2019 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    that’s a fun gadget

  6. Soozle (Suzie B) — August 10, 2019 @ 4:17 am (#)

    Oooh I love the look of this camera – it has a cool marble-ish sorta look! I think teens would really enjoy this with friends

  7. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 10, 2019 @ 10:09 am (#)

    I’m afraid this isn’t a camera that I’d like to have. I wouldn’t like having to buy film for it and I don’t like the size of the resulting prints either.

  8. AD — August 10, 2019 @ 4:42 pm (#)

    I love my Instax Camera; its getting a little rough and old, so I will look into getting a new one!

  9. mrdisco — August 10, 2019 @ 6:19 pm (#)

    love that you can connect with your smartphone easily

  10. Delee — August 11, 2019 @ 7:14 pm (#)

    Thank-you for writing such a great review. I was on the fence on which to buy. I love the fact it’s a hybrid and has Bluetooth connectivity. It looks like such a fun little camera for all ages! ✨

  11. kristen visser — August 12, 2019 @ 8:27 am (#)

    ooo i love that you can print out pics as soon as you take them! i have hundreds and hundreds of pics on my phone and my computer that never get printed but its something i always want to get around to. and the print quality looks great too

  12. HEIDI C. — August 15, 2019 @ 12:00 am (#)

    Both of my twin girls have Instax cameras and love playing around with them. I know that they would be thrilled with the features that this new Hybrid version has especially the Bluetooth capabilities. Mommy may just invest in one and consider sharing with them!

  13. micheline — August 18, 2019 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    I think it great for kid to take photos and print them instantly. I remember the Polaroid cameras way back when.

  14. Sarah — August 27, 2019 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    This looks like such a fun way to capture special moments! I can see my daughter enjoying this.

  15. nicky — September 12, 2019 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    What a great little camera! Perfect to taking along on outings.

  16. Stephanie LaPlante — September 23, 2019 @ 8:28 am (#)

    I would absolutely love to have a camera like this. Brings me back to my childhood. They look like so much fun.

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