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Fujifilm launches tiny smartphone photo printer

For those who like the idea of instant photos, but not big instant cameras, Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Link pocket printer may be the answer.

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Fujifilm SA has launched the Instax Mini Link, the latest in its line-up of instant printing devices, in South Africa. It’s a smartphone printer with a variety of functions designed to make portable instant printing possible. Weighing in at just 200g, this compact palm-top printer is an accessory that can be taken around in a handbag or pocket.

The Mini Link creates high-quality Instax instant prints from a smartphone camera roll. Using Bluetooth, the Mini Link app connects a smartphone to the printer. The app offers a variety of creative features, with Bluetooth providing a quick transfer of images for printing.

Users of the Mini Link can activate different modes depending on how they orientate the device. For example, stand the Mini Link vertically and the traditional Print Mode is activated, allowing one to print images from a smartphone and select a frame from a video to print. Fun Mode is selected when the Mini Link is placed horizontally. This gives access to a range of features, including Party Print, Collage Print, and Match Test.

The main features of the Instax Mini Link include:  

Lightweight portability and speed 

It transfers a print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and is capable of printing about 100 Instax prints per charge.

Video Print functionality prints a selected frame from smartphone video 

In the Mini Link app, one can scroll through video frames to find the best moment to print.

Party Print creates a single picture with photos sent from multiple users

This function connects up to five smartphones to the app, combining a selected picture from each device into one Instax collage print. An option within this function is Surprise Mode to keep the final image a secret until the print starts developing.

Customise Instax prints with design frames

Smartphone images can be enhanced with artistic filters or by changing the brightness, contrast, and saturation of the image. Users can combine up to eight pictures into a single Instax print collage via the app.

Using the Mini Link as a remote control

The Mini Link carries a built-in motion sensor, so when taking pictures on a connected device, the printer can be used to remotely control the camera. For example, a user can zoom in by facing the printer down, zoom out by facing up, and release the shutter by pressing the power button. One can also print multiple copies of a picture by holding the printer upside down and pressing the power button.

The Instax Mini Link smartphone printer will be available in three colours – Dusky Pink, Ash White, and Dark Denim.

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Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.

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Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.

What’s different from the Note10?

The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price

“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”

To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.

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Sony Xperia 5 scores high

The latest compact flagship from Sony, the Xperia 5, scores a high 95 in DxOMark.

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The Sony Xperia 5, announced in September 2019, is the latest compact flagship, intended as a more affordable, pocket-friendly alternative to the full-sized Xperia 1. Key features on the Xperia 5 include a 6.1-inch OLED display, as well as the high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable up to 1TB via micro SD.

The main camera boasts the same triple sensor and lens setup as on the Xperia 1. All three sensors offer 12MP resolution, with a large 1/2.55-inch sensor for the main camera, and a smaller 1/3.4-inch sensor for each of the ultra-wide and telephoto modules. The main sensor is coupled to a 26mm-equivalent f/1.6 aperture lens; there’s also a 16mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 52mm-equivalent f/2.4-aperture lens offering x2 optical zoom shots.

Other features include 5-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus on the main and telephoto cameras, eye-tracking autofocus, HDR, and LED flash. 4K video is available for 2160p@24/30fps capture on the Xperia 5, but the Sony’s 5-axis gyroscope-enabled OIS only kicks in for HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.

Key camera specifications:

Triple camera

  • Primary: 12MP 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and 26mm f/1.6-aperture lens
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 16mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Telephoto: 12MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 52mm f/2.4-aperture lens
  • Predictive Dual Pixel PDAF autofocus & 5-axis OIS (main & telephoto)
  • LED flash, HDR, eye-tracking
  • 4K 24/30fps video with HDR
  • Full HD 1080p@30fps video with 5-axis gyro-EIS
  • Although not officially launched in South Africa, it is available from some online outlets.

Click here to see samples of the photography on DxOMark’s website.

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