Making film great again in the digital age
The instax SQUARE SQ20 allows you to creatively showcase the beauty of moving subjects. Whether you’re capturing that exciting moment or a thrilling adventure the instax SQ20 allows you to enjoy photography and instant prints like never before.
6 shooting modes, plus new FRAME GRAB, TIMESHIFT COLLAGE & SEQUENCE functions
Dedicated filters for, Still picture and Movie Shooting including new partial colour filter mode
With 4 x Zoom, internal 50 photo memory capacity plus Micro SD slot, Selfie mode and selfie mirror
Uses instax SQUARE film
Camera, USB cable, user manual, Hand strap
As a modern photographer and tech geek, I absolutely adore the ability we as a generation have to take photos wherever we are, whenever we want, with something as simple as the phone in our hands. But there is something that is missing from the good old days of films and the likes of Polaroids.
That feeling while you wait for a photo to develop, having something tangible in your hands that you can frame or hang up somewhere, it is slightly lacking for most millenials.
So this is where the awesome Fujifilm instax SQ20 comes in!
Merging the two worlds in a fun and easy to use experience.
The SQ20 is a hybrid digital camera that crossed the boundary between film / polaroid and digital photography.
You have a variety of features and modes that the Instagram generation are into, but gives you an end product that you can hold in your hands and share.
First off, you don’t have to print EVERY photo you take, the photos are stored digitally on the built-in storage or a micro-sd card, then you can make adjustments before printing.
You have a cute screen on the back, centred at the top of the controls, which allows you see the photos before you take them, as well as the effects of different filters and adjustments you make.
If you are more likely to be using this for selfies, you can also use the mirror on the front that gives you the proportional view of what will be shown on the final image and it works REALLY well!
When it comes to shooting with the SQ20, it’s a really enjoyable experience.
The screen is clear, the images are sharp, they POP with that film like style that is hard to attain nowadays.
You can have a digital 4x zoom available to you, that is actually quite handy for those situations you might want to crop in slightly.
Below are an example of the types of filters available, ranging from standard monochrome / B&W, to more Instagram styled filters and even film style adjustments.
Not to mention you can add your own vignette and adjust brightness using the dedicated buttons on the rear, to further customise your perfect style.
The possibilities are abundant and I can guarantee you’ll have fun every step of the way and I haven’t even mentioned the video mode yet.
Yes there is a video mode!
So you may be asking, what is the point of having a video mode on a photo based printing camera?
Well it gives you creative control of the likes you’ve never seen on a film camera previously.
You can shoot a video of up to 15 seconds and select a specific frame to keep as your photo, meaning capturing motion and subjects are far easier!
There is also timeshift collage, that allows you to create a burst of 4 shots that are slightly shifted in the timeline to capture an entire motion as it happens.
Not to forget the Sequence filter that adds a little motion blur to the shot that really emphasises what was happening in the moment, perfect for concerts, sports and many activities.
Once you have captured your desired image, the best part of the camera in my opinion really shines, there is an AMAZING animation and sound when you actually print!
The photo on the screen slowly slides up at the exact time that your actually image is printed and exits the camera. It’s SO satisfying!
Photos print in as little as 13 seconds and start to slowly develop, which is a fascinating process while you wait for the image to appear.
It really brought back my love for film and I’d love to create some limited edition prints to give away.
Overall the SQ20 is a brilliant camera, it hearkens back to the glory days of Polaroid and holding a real image in your hand, while keeping the feel of a film instant camera, but with various improvements.
Wireless portable printing via Wi-Fi
High-speed printing — naught to print-ready in just 13 seconds
Iconic SQUARE format instax prints — 62mm x 62mm
Endless filter options via the free to download instax SHARE app
instax SHARE SP-3 Printer — White, USB Cable, NP-50 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, Instruction Manual
If you like the idea of printing photos into a Polaroid style without having to buy a new camera with it’s own limitations and style, the Fujifilm instax SP-3 SHARE Printer is for you.
You can print directly from your own Fujifilm camera OR from a wireless source such as your phone. Even right off your Instagram feed, using the instax SHARE app on iOS or Android.
The whole process is foolproof, the app and the instructions are very clear, leaving no room for mistakes, was up and running within a couple minutes.
Quality of the prints themselves are stunning, printed at 800 x 800 pixels and 318 dpi, your pictures will be rich, detailed and stunningly colourful.
I printed off a few for my family and was absolutely in love with this little devices from the first print, they look and feel great, make great presents or just handouts.
When you have your phone or camera connected, chose the photo you want to print, you can edit it a few different ways before pressing print.
For instance you can add a template of text if you want to say something directly on the image, or apply the Real Time template automatically puts the time, date, weather and other details of when the photo was taken.
You can also make collages, split photos into multiples, have social media sources tagged on the photo itself and my favourite, which is the Limited Edition print.
Let’s you put a Edition number and little text directly on the photo, making it unique, for example ‘1/3 — Photoshoot in Japan’.
Another feature I found extremely useful was the Fujifilm Intelligence Filter that helped me save or improve a few photos I had taken but didn’t have time to specifically go in and edit.
The Fujifilm Intelligence Filter uses an optimum processing technology, Image Intelligence™, which is based on Fujifilm’s 80 years of experience and ever-advancing know-how. The technology gives real results — for example, to brighten up a photo that turned out too dark.
What can I say? I love the SP-3 and will be using it for the foreseeable future to get my photos out to those I love or hang them up and keep them perhaps.
Can think of so many uses for this machine and the desired prints!
Both the SQ20 and the SP-3 use the Instax SQUARE Film packs, which you place into the back of the units, yellow dot to the matching mark and close it.
The black plastic back slide automatically comes out and you are set to go!
You can buy them also on Amazon from £16.99 for a 20 pack, making it around 80p per photos print.
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Costs you nothing at all and doesn’t impede your shopping.