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Fujifilm releases a voice-note instant camera

Fujifilm has introduced a hybrid instant camera called the Instax mini LiPlay. It can act as an instant camera or a photo printer for pictures taken on a smartphone – and has a neat trick for adding voice notes to instant photos.

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Fujifilm’s Instax mini LiPlay is specially designed to act as both an instant camera and a photo printer. As with any Instax camera, users can snap and print photos directly from the camera. However, it connects via an app to smartphones, with users then able to print any photo stored on that device. With this feature Instax brings together the best of its hybrid cameras, such as the Square SQ20, and its portable smartphone printers, such as the Share SP-3.

Photos, now with a message

This Instax mini LiPlay is certainly not a one-trick-pony since it has another card up the sleeve: voice notes. One would expect that sound and photos do not play well together, but this camera about to change that. Users are able to take a picture of a friend, record a voice note (up to 10 seconds) for them via a button at the front of the camera, and then print out the photo. The print will feature a QR code which can be scanned by smartphone in order to listen to the recorded message. This is a first-time feature that can only be found on the Instax mini LiPlay camera.

Save, edit, print

Up to 46 images can be stored on the built-in storage space, with the device allowing for added memory via microSD or microSDHC cards. Users can select their best shots on the 2.7-in. TFT colour LCD monitor at the back, while also editing images on the fly.

To add extra spice to photos, it’s possible to apply one of six filters directly from the camera – black & white, sepia, stylish, vivid, poster of fish-eye. There are also ten different creative frames to choose from, while 20 more are available from the Instax mini LiPlay app. Through the app users can assign any of the frames to one of the camera’s shortcut buttons on the side to make in-camera editing easier.

For those who love group photos, the Instax mini LiPlay app has a wonderful extra – it can be used as a remote to snap a photo from a distance.

Live life & Play

From a size perspective, it is the smallest and lightest camera in the Instax range, coming in at 255 g. As always, photos are printed quickly and easily, with printing taking no more than 12 seconds.

It’s never a case of all work and no play when it comes to Instax, since there’s also a range of stylish accessories, such as the colour-coded camera straps specifically designed for the hybrid camera. Users can furthermore look forward to film cases that double as photo displays, plus photo albums to help with the protection of memories.

Cost and availability

The camera will be available in three colours – Blush Gold, Stone White and Elegant Black, each offering a different texture to the touch. The mini LiPlay is set to launch in South Africa at the opening of the Fujifilm PrintLife Exhibition, scheduled to run at Sandton City Centre Court from 19-24 June 2019.

The camera will be available at select retail stores and online for a recommended retail price of R2 499. Fujifilm Instax mini photo paper is available in packs of ten or 20, costing in the region of R160 and R300 respectively.

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HP launches first cartridge-free laser printer

No cartridge? No problem. HP has launched the Neverstop Laser, its first laser printer that doesn’t require a cartridge to print.

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HP Neverstop Laser is a new, rapid-reload laser printer that helps small businesses save money on laser cartridge replacements. The first-of-its-kind toner supply system allows users to replace toner quickly, it helps small business owners stay in their business flow.

“A recent global study found that more than 8 in 10 small businesses around the world rely on printers, with half saying their business cannot operate without one, and many calling for printers to evolve into a technology partner ,” said Jane Geypen, category manager of HP’s Home Printing Solutions. “By eliminating common printing interruptions with breakthrough innovations and digital integration, HP Neverstop Laser gives entrepreneurs a competitive edge to turn their passion into a thriving business.”

Designed with sustainability in mind, HP Neverstop Laser is made with more than 25 percent recycled plastic while the toner reload kit is made of 75 percent recycled plastic by weight.

Key features, as provided by HP, include:

  • 5,000 pages without interruptions: Print 5,000 pages right out of the box with virtually no interruptions-perfect for high-volume printing
  • Reload mess-free toner in seconds: A revolutionary supply system lets you quickly and easily reload toner levels in 15-seconds without making a mess
  • Original HP quality and unbelievable savings: Get original HP quality and reliability page after page with up to 80 percent cost savings on HP original toner
  • Connected and mobile: Mobile scanning and printing with best-in-class mobile print app, HP Smart App

Pricing and Availability

HP Neverstop Laser will be available in South Africa from August 2019. No pricing has been announced.

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Canon launches world’s lightest DSLR camera

Canon has announced the Canon EOS 250D, which it claims to be the world’s lightest DSLR camera.

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For a family looking to step up from smartphone photography or upgrade from their existing camera, the EOS 250D is a DSLR to consider, packed with the latest technology that provides users with a formidable introduction to interchangeable lens photography in a small and lightweight body.

The successor to Canon’s award-winning EOS 200D, the EOS 250D has a guided user interface for simplified operation, a large 24.1 Megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS APS-C sensor, 4K movie capability, fast and responsive autofocus, and connectivity to smart devices. In addition, the camera features DIGIC 8, Canon’s latest image processor which powers many of its functions, including 4K movie recording, 4K time-lapse, and 4K frame grabs from 4K movies. 

With straightforward handling in a lightweight and compact body, the EOS 250D includes a guided user interface that shows on-screen hints and tips. It is also possible for users to capture images in imaginative ways with Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools to apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken.  

Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor supports a variety of improvements in Live View autofocus precision and Eye Auto-Focus (AF), Auto Lighting Optimizer, Digital Lens Optimizer, and Highlight Tone Priority for sharp high-resolution images ready to share straight from the camera. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor performs well in low-light and facilitates a shallow depth of field, adding background bokeh to images.

The EOS 250D is a camera for many occasions. Its intuitive Vari-Angle touchscreen enables comfortable shooting from a variety of angles, making it possible to frame selfies or vlog videos. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology will also keep subjects in sharp focus when shooting stills and video via the touchscreen. Delivering a classic shooting experience, the EOS 250D features an optical viewfinder with a  responsive 9-point AF, so moments can be framed clearly and as they were seen with the naked eye. 

When images and videos are ready to be shared, the EOS 250D integrates with smart devices  via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi using the Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded to a smart device, reviewed and posted on social media or shared. 

The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely from a smart device, great for capturing group shots or a hands-free selfie. Images can then be sent to a paired smart device as soon as they are taken via the Automatic Image Transfer function, delivering peace of mind that images are safely backed-up. 

The EOS 250D is available in three sleek finishes: black, white and silver and is part of the Canon EOS ecosystem, comprising of over 80 world-class lenses, flashes and accessories, offering a level of choice as users look to expand the camera’s capabilities. The EOS 250D is available now in South Africa.

For more information about Canon, please visit www.canon.co.za or follow Canon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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