FUJIFILM UPDATES HYBRID INSTAX SQUARE
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