Firmware Friday: Fujifilm to enable Wi-Fi printing from X-series cameras


posted Friday, June 20, 2014 at 2:42 PM EDT


Friday's here once more, but for the first time in a while, we find ourselves without any newly-released firmware to report on in our Firmware Friday roundup. It's Fujifilm to the rescue, though, because while the company hasn't released any new firmware, it's promised to do so soon! Upcoming firmware updates for the Fujifilm X-M1, X-A1 and XQ1 -- all cameras with built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking radios -- will allow cable-free printing to the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 smartphone printer.

While you're not going to be creating prints conducive to framing, as the Instax Share SP-1 outputs Polaroid-like 2.1 x 3.4-inch instant film with a print area of just 1.8 x 2.4 inches, the update will in effect turn the combination of camera plus printer into an instant camera substitute. And the Instax Share SP-1 can create up to 100 prints from a pair of CR2/DL disposable lithium photo batteries, so you won't need any cables at all to create instant prints in the field.

Three of Fuji's X-series cameras will soon support wireless printing to the Instax Share SP-1.

In all three cases, the new firmware will carry version number 1.20, and will be available for download from late June 2014. Expect more on this in a future Firmware Friday update!