Fujifilm Instax Pal review – probably not your new BFF

This Instax wants to be your best Pal, but probably should just remain an acquaintance

Instax Pal camera in a hand
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Instax Pal is incredibly shareable and a great addition to any party. Despite not being explicitly marketed towards children, its cute design, playful sounds, and durable build make it an excellent choice for kids to start with. But having used the Instax Pal for a few days, I find it enjoyable, but it won’t become a regular device for me. I'm still not entirely clear on its purpose. Similar-looking Instax pictures with augmented text, stickers, and more can be printed directly from your phone camera. While for its price (including an Instax printer), the Instax mini Evo is just a much more enjoyable all-in-one hybrid Instax experience.


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    Possibly the most sharable camera ever

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    Incredibly easy to use

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    Adorable design


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    Image quality is poor

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    “Viewfinder” doesn’t line up shots

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    Nothing you can’t do with your phone camera

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Instax has already covered a broad spectrum, from various instant film sizes to a plethora of body styles and even digital hybrid models, so it seems as if they've catered to every photography enthusiast out there, right?

Enter the Instax Pal, an incredibly compact digital camera designed to snugly nestle in the palm of your hand. Given its petite form, this camera doesn't churn out instant prints in the traditional sense. Instead, it establishes a Bluetooth connection with a companion app and employs the Instax Mini Link 2 to bring your photos to life in print. If you don't have a printer already, in the US it is sold bundled with the Instax Pal, while in the rest of the world is a separate purchase.

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Resolution4.5MP (2560 × 1920)
Sensor1/5-inch CMOS
Field of view16.25mm (35mm equiv)
Shooting distance19.4 cm to ∞
ISO100 - 1600
Shutter speed1/4 - 1/8000
Memory50 images internal storage, microSD slot
ChargingUSB-C (Approx 2 - 3 hrs)
Battery life350 shots
Size42.3 mm × 44.4 mm × 43.0 mm

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.