Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

two lines of Fu­ji­film’s In­stax Square In­stant cam­eras – the clas­si­cal ana­log-only, cur­rently rep­re­sented by the SQ6, and the hy­brid ana­log/dig­i­tal SQ10 and now the new SQ20 which was launched at Pho­tok­ina 2018. The hy­brid cam­eras cap­ture the image dig­i­tally and there’s then the op­tion to print it out on the In­stax Square film, either with or with­out some in­cam­era edit­ing be­fore­hand.

The SQ20 is sim­i­lar in styling and de­sign to the SQ10 (which con­tin­ues), in­clud­ing dual lef­t­and right-hand shut­ter re­leases, and a built-in flash. The new fea­tures are a video func­tion – a first on an in­stant print cam­era – which records a 15-sec­ond clip from which you can pick a favourite frame, and ‘Time Shift Col­lage’ func­tion which records four im­ages in one hit, sep­a­rated by be­tween 0.2 and 2.0 sec­onds. The video clips are cap­tured at 800x800 pix­els res­o­lu­tion (us­ing the H.264 codec) and with­out sound. Still frames are cap­tured at 1920x1920 pix­els (i.e. 3.69 megapix­els). These are stored in me­mory which has space for 50 im­ages or 30 sec­onds of video.

There’s a new fil­ter ef­fect called Se­quence which, and we’re just go­ing to quote the press re­lease here, “…al­lows you to take dy­namic and dreamy pho­tos adding se­quence ef­fect to the image”. Also new is a 4x dig­i­tal zoom, a self-timer and a selfie mir­ror next to the lens (as is pro­vided on the SQ6). The SQ20 sup­ports mi­croSD me­mory cards so you can do other things with your im­ages other than print­ing them on In­stax film, but there’s still no WiFi or Blue­tooth for the di­rect shar­ing of im­ages to so­cial me­dia (which would an ob­vi­ous fea­ture to pro­vide). The lens has a fixed fo­cal length of 33.4mm (35mm equiv­a­lent) and a max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.4. It aut­o­fo­cuses us­ing con­trast de­tec­tion and the ex­po­sure con­trol is pro­grammed with up to +/-3.0 EV of com­pen­sa­tion avail­able as an over­ride. The built-in flash has auto, fill-in, slow-speed syn­chro and red-eye re­moval modes. Flash range is 50 cm to 8.0 me­tres. The In­stax Square film is rated at ISO 800 and prints are 86x72 mil­lime­tres in to­tal size with an image area of 62x62 mil­lime­tres. It’s sold in packs of ten at $34.95… so the prints are roughly $3.50 each.

The In­stax Square SQ20 is avail­able now in two colours, black or beige (which doesn’t look as bad as it sounds). For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.fu­ji­film.com.au

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