If you haven't yet heard, Fujifilm's latest release is a perfect combination of digital and film. Named the Instax SQ10, this new addition to the line of Instax cameras completely changes the 'instant photo' game. After the launch of SQ10, I had the opportunity to test the camera for a span of two weeks. Here's my verdict.
NO FLASH, PLEASE
One of my biggest gripes while using the older Instaxes was the lack of flash control. More often than not, the light meter always reads ‘dim’ and the flash fires – ruining a perfect silhouette against the sun; a band in concert; or sometimes turning my photo subjects into pasty, ghostly faces.
I brought the Instax SQ10 to a concert I recently attended. Here is where the hybrid offers full control over illuminating your scene. Five flash settings: Auto flash, forced flash, suppressed flash, slow synchro, and red eye.
I picked suppressed flash, held my hybrid camera up high and snapped a photo of the band. Predictably, in a space where neon signs emitted a dim glow, it took a while for proper exposure. Imagine snapping a photo with your 3.7-megapixel Sony Ericsson.
Exhibit A: Exposure dialled down to -3:
Exhibit B: Normal exposure
- Suppressed flash is a blessing, it should be a thing in all Instax cameras
- Ten in-camera filters for you to choose from, not unlike Instagram. Personally I would avoid this, but the B&W filter comes in handy for those days you have a particularly blotchy, red face. Amongst other colour irregularities.
- You have the option of readjusting exposure, contrast, vignette, and filters after taking a shot.