Fujifilm Instax SQ10
What am I looking at here?
The SQ10 is the first hybrid Instax camera from Fujifilm and also the first to use the brand’s new square film format. So it’s actually a digital camera with the ability to print instant photos like a classic Polaroid.
Tell me about the camera lens.
The 3.7MP CMOS sensor is a wide angle design with a fixed f/2.4 aperture that is able to focus as near as 10cm. It uses real flash so taking snaps in a dim environment should not be a problem. The Contrast Detection AutoFocus isn’t as quick on the uptake so it might be hard to capture those fleeting moments.
Is there a touchscreen?
No, there isn’t but the 3-inch TFT LCD can be controlled via the physical dial and 6 buttons on the side. These let you set various things like exposure, click to print, control vignette effect and selecting between the 10 image filters. There’s no optical viewfinder so this is the only way to frame shots.
There’s a manual mode then?
There is but it doesn’t equate to manual focus or exposure. It actually means that you’re capturing only digital images which reach maximum capacity at 50 for the onboard storage and can be increased if you insert a microSD card. You can come back to any saved photo and re-edit it until you’re satisfied which is quite the departure from the regular Instax!
How can I transfer images from the SQ10?
Since it doesn’t support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or NFC, you can only transfer shots via the inserted microSD. Unfortunate but the micro USB slot is there only for charging.
Too bad. Forgot to ask but what will be the charges of the film pack?
The Fujifilm instant film pack costs `699 for 10 sheets so it roughly comes out to `70 per sheet. The built-in NP50 battery is rated to take upto 160 prints.
The camera design is symmetrical and thus intuitive for both left and right handed use