New Firmware allows (some) X-Series cameras to print to SP-1

Fujifilm announces new firmware that will allow three X-Series cameras to make on-the-spot “instax” printing possible with the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1.

The three X-series cameras in question are as follows:

  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-A1

The only camera of the three that I have any interest is the XQ1:
Fuji XQ1

So why not the two other WiFi capable models, the X-E2 and X-T1? Maybe this is part of their firmware upgrade that will be available June 27th, although the main reason for the upgrade is to support the new XF 18-135 WR lens.

Fuji’s press release is as follows:

June 17, 2014
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) will launch a new firmware for digital cameras in late June that makes it possible to send images via WiFi to an instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1 for instax instant film prints. The firmware is designed for three X-Series cameras: the FUJIFILM XQ1 (a premium compact camera), the FUJIFILM X-M1 and the FUJIFILM X-A1 (APS-C sized sensor mirrorless cameras).

With the compact instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1, it is easy and fast to make on-the-spot instax prints of photos taken with a smartphone. Install the Fujifilm Instax Share app on your smartphone, and then send your images via a wireless LAN connection to the SP-1 to print instax photos.
Ever since its launch in February 2014, users have loved making fun and unique prints, and especially enjoyed a diverse lineup of templates and image editing functions. Many people wanted to send their digital camera photos directly to an instax printer for instant printing, and now Fujifilm is proud to offer this feature for photo enthusiasts that use an XQ1, X-M1 or X-A1 digital camera.
By updating to this latest firmware, users can easily send digital camera photos directly to the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-1 for great quality prints of their family, friends, pets and more, even if they are fast moving. Additionally, portrait images are produced with a pleasant out-of-focus background for amazing one-of-a-kind instant prints – perfect for home décor.

Fujifilm will continue to expand its lineup of digital cameras that support the instax SHARE Smartphone Printer for people to enjoy the instax instant photo print system. We are committed to enhancing the enjoyment of photography worldwide, and want all users to experience the gratification of taking, giving and preserving pictures with their family and friends.

SP-1 instax Printer:
Fuji SP-1

The SP-1 instax printer until now could only print from a smart-phone and having to take pictures from your Fujifilm camera, export them to the phone and then print them was a time consuming workflow. At least for the cameras mentioned above the workflow just got easier.

More details about the printer can be found here.