Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 combines instant photo printing with
(Pocket-lint) – Fujifilm has revamped its Instax series of instant cameras and announced the Square SQ10, which represents the biggest evolution of the Instax range for some time.
The SQ10 is classified as a mirrorless instant camera and is the world’s first. To achieve hybrid status, Fujifilm has combined a digital image sensor and digital image processing technology, with the built-in printing capabilities that the Instax camera series is known for.
By installing a digital image sensor, which is a 0.25 inch CMOS sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, the Instax Square SQ10 is able to perform much better in low light conditions compared to cameras. Previous Instax photos. It has a fixed focal length equivalent to 28.5mm, can take close-up photos at a distance of up to 10cm and has built-in autofocus with face recognition and automatic exposure control.
The Square SQ10 is aimed at artists, bloggers and has ten preset filters that can be applied to photos before or after shooting, vignette control and brightness adjustment. There are three buttons on the top of the camera to control each individually. If applied before a photo is taken, you can see its effect in real time on the 3-inch LCD screen.
Up to 50 edited and processed images can be stored in the SQ10’s internal memory, but you can insert your own microSD card to expand storage. The battery claims to be good for up to 160 images on a single charge.
Of course, being an Instax camera means you can instantly print any photos you’ve taken. The SQ10 is no different, but this time prints in a 1:1 aspect ratio, to produce square photos like the ones you see on Instagram. The Instax Square film measures 86mm x 72mm, but the photos only take up 62mm x 62mm of space. Each photo takes approximately 12 seconds to print.
The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 will be available from mid-May for £249 while an Instax Square 10-film pack will cost £8.99.
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Written by Max Langridge.