I’ve always loved cameras, vintage cameras especially- even though i some of them don’t produce films to shoot anymore. So when i got the chance to review the new instax Square SQ10 i was ultra excited. Why? Because its a hybrid of instant print and digital technologies. So let me tell you first hand, that i personally love the camera. I know there are some people who think that it kind of takes out the fun of an instant printing camera, but for me, i prefer being able to edit and print the photo when i think it’s ready to be printed.
So why do i love it?
It’s instax’s first camera to print in square format, which i actually prefer because it’s wider and you get to fit more things into the frame.
It has 10 different filters to choose from. And you can choose these filters before or even after you’ve taken the photo.
You can also control the brightness, which can also be adjusted before or after taking the photo. This is such a blessing because i know alot of people who’s biggest problem is this.. All of sudden take the picture then black pulak kluar! You know what i mean!
The camera also has vignette control to give you freedom to express your creativity. But be careful when you use it, because polaroid cameras naturally has a certain effect to it and you don’t want to make it too dark.. (unless that’s something you’re actually going for) Nonetheless, you can always preview your photos before deciding whether to print or not.
Other shooting modes include:
Double exposure- where two shutters go off and the two pictures combine into one image
Bulb– the shutter opens while it’s being pressed
Macro– from a distance of 10cm
Below is a sample of what a photo looks on screen vs after printing, no effect. You can see that printed photo is slightly more darker than what you see on screen.. So keep that in mind when editing your photos before printing.
For those who think that the instax square SQ10 is taking out the fun of a traditional instant print camera, well you’ll be glad to know that there are 2 modes available for the camera, so you CAN still have your photos printed instantly. All you have to do is just which the mode to Auto.
As for me… i’ll keep the mode on manual. Saves me a lot of the film which is not at all cheap. A pack of 10 films is about RM48. And for the camera itself, retails for about RM1328.
So to summarize, the reason why i love this camera is:
- Lots of different shooting modes to choose from
- Am able to edit before and after taking a photo
- You can reprint the same photo as many times as you want
- it’s simple and user friendly
But would i actually purchase it? I’m not so sure. I’m afraid it will just sit on the shelve with my other cameras after a while.. LOL
What do you think? Is it worth it?
You be the judge.