Camera Review: Fujifilm Instax square SQ10
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Fujifilm have added this new digital model to their range of Instax instant film cameras, making it more versatile and relevant for Instagram.
 
This new SQ10 takes all the fleeting fun of the Instax square cameras, and adds a 3.7 megapixel digital sensor and 3-inch LCD screen. For this camera, Fujifilm introduces a new film format called Instax Square, with print size between the Instax Mini and Instax Wide formats.
 
 
You can use the SQ10 like an instant film camera and print everything in auto mode, or save your shots to print later, or filter, retouch and edit.
 
The beauty of having a digital camera is you can play around with different modes like long exposures and double exposures. You can repeat shots without having to waste expensive prints. 10 filters, vignette tool, variable and double exposures give you plenty to play with. This camera often over-exposes images in sunlight, so it's good to have color and exposure editing to hand.
 
Fujifilm have recognised the SQ10 requires spontaneous, quick actions so it's quick to turn on, shoot and pleasingly fast to produce prints.
 
 
It's really fun and satisfying to hold and use, with well designed controls and a particularly neat animation on the screen as the photo slides out of the printer.
 
Battery life is superb - it'll last a whole weekend of shooting and printing. The flash is well judged, filling in shadows without washing shots out. And print quality is as good as we've come to expect from Instax range of film, with rich colors and deep tones.
 
There are a couple of downsides: the screen viewing angle is somewhat limited, and navigating from playback mode back to live view is awkward.
 
 
But the lack of connection and touchscreen feel more old fashioned than pleasingly retro. You can concentrate on taking pictures (rather than sharing them), but with an SQ10 you're missing out on the instant online sharing you get with a smartphone.
 
 
It's not a cheap camera to buy (or purchase new film packs), and for the price you may expect a truly connected device. Physically extracting a micro SD card, putting it in an adaptor and then into a reader to store your images feels like a process that's decades old.
 
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