Why I Love the New Instax Camera

Why I Love the New Instax Camera

Today I got to test out the new Instax SQ10 Square camera. I had no idea there was even a new one coming out, so I was quite surprised to know that we already have it in stock! At Spartan Photo Center, we love to test new products, so I grabbed a pack of film from the shelf and got to work! It wasn’t long before I figured out all the adjustable settings & quickly learned my likes & dislikes about the camera.

I was most excited about the new square format frames, because they look like a mini Polaroid picture! Although I can’t compare the prints to real Polaroids because of the nostalgia, this camera is still pretty cool!

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The biggest difference about this camera compared to other Instax cameras is that it’s digital. Which is something we haven’t seen yet; a digital camera that can print instant photos. The body of the camera is designed square and operates like the Instax Mini 8 but on the back of the SQ10 camera it has a LCD monitor, & a digital dial operation.

Here is a list of its features:

  • Square format 1:1
  • Flash control options
  • Shooting modes: standard, bulb, double exposure
  • 10 filters
  • Brightness & vignette controls
  • Dual shutter button
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Holds up to 50 images using the internal memory
  • Takes a micro SD card (optional)
  • Can print thumbnail prints from the playback mode, up to 9 thumbnails
  • Option to add date stamp
  • You get to choose which photos to print, instead of automatic printing

There are features that I both like & dislike, for different reasons. While I really enjoy that you have control over which images you want to print & which images you want to trash, I don’t like how much control it gives you. It seems like it is way too much for me. I am an analog person; I shoot primarily film for several reasons. One reason is because it forces you to be completely engaged with the camera, & your subject (which I prefer). You have a limited amount of frames, & so it teaches you to really be in the moment. I think that the double exposure mode is neat, it allows you to take your first image & then that image stays on the screen while you line up your second exposure. However, I prefer to shoot double or multiple exposures using only my mind to compose & having the result be unpredictable. My favorite feature with this camera is that you have the option of adding a date stamp on your prints; I think it’s awesome!

Overall, this camera is really new & fun. Come check it out!

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