Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 instant camera review

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In the digital world we now live in, everything is connected. But not this new toy. I recently received the new Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 camera to test and review, and while I’m used to covering technology, the big story with this camera is that it’s NOT connected. While many photography products including cameras and printers have the ability to connect to your smartphone or print digital files, this camera is old school. Take the photograph with it, and print it out, Polaroid-style. What a throwback!FUJIFILM INSTAX INSTANT CAMERA review square polaroid digital

Reviewing Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

I asked guest blogger Joanne Birce to test it out and see what she liked about it and what she didn’t. This is her review:

The best place to test a camera has to be at a party. With plenty of guests and activity, there’s lots to snap and share. I recently took the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 instant camera for a test drive at a 60th Wedding Anniversary Party. The camera pops out a square, self-developing picture right after you take it. You may remember these cameras from the ‘70s when they were all the rage and referred to as “Polaroids”. Now Fujifilm is taking another run at them in this digital age, after acquiring the Polaroid technology a few years ago (though Fujifilm does not use that term since Polaroid is still in operation and a competitor. Read more about Fujifilm’s acquisition of the technology here.)

Want a connected instant photo printer that works with your smartphone? Read the review of Fujifilm Instax Share SP2 .

Using Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

The camera is definitely big, and substantially larger than what we are used to, but it is very easy to use. Just point, shoot, and out pops an 86 x 72 mm photo that develops in front of your eyes, in about one minute.

FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SP2 INSTANT CAMERA PHOTO PRINTER REVIEWThe film is easy to load. You just open the back, line up the yellow line both on the back of the film cartridge and on the film slot, then slide in a pre-loaded cartridge. When you close the back of the camera you will see a number indicator on the back bottom corner that tells you how many pictures you have left. (A cartridge of film contains 10 pictures.) They have made loading the film foolproof.

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 – Special settings for photos

The camera has several different settings: auto, selfie, macro or landscape. For ease of use, we shot the photos at the party on auto. You also have the options to lighten or darken the pictures as well as take a double exposure.

The SQ6 comes with a few fun options. There are three different coloured lenses that pop over the flash to give you a subtle coloured glow to your pictures. The plastic lenses come in rose, amber and green. The camera also has a small but handy “selfie mirror” on the front so that you can properly line up the lens to take a picture of yourself.

Photo quality – Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

So how did the SQ6 perform at our anniversary party? We gave it to our 22-year-old niece to take pictures of the guests as they came in the door and then had the guests sign the film at the bottom to give as a remembrance gift to the happy couple.FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SP2 INSTANT CAMERA PHOTO PRINTER REVIEW

The first question my niece had when presented with the camera was “Where do I press to take the picture?” That’s because the shutter button is on the front, not in the more obvious place, on the top.

Generally, we had no complaints about the camera itself. It worked as it was supposed to, and the guests were thrilled to see their pictures right away. The camera was definitely easy to use.

Overall thoughts on Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

That is where the good news about this camera ends. The camera itself is quite large and doesn’t fit comfortably in your hand, or in a purse , and certainly not in a pocket. Plus the viewfinder seems small and forces you to squint through it.

We shot most of our pictures indoors, in medium light conditions and using the flash. The pictures that it popped out were less than excellent quality.

FUJIFILM INSTAX SQUARE SP2 INSTANT CAMERA PHOTO PRINTER REVIEW

It appears the film hasn’t really improved much since the time of the “Polaroid”.

But the big problem with the square format was the film was hard to find. I went to Costco, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy before I found 2 boxes of the film at Best Buy in all of Calgary.

This could be that the product is new on the market and we assume that this will improve as the camera becomes more popular. Also, the film was $12.99 plus tax for 10 pictures, so at that price, you can’t really go crazy and shoot hundreds of pictures like people are now used to doing with their digital cameras.Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 REVIEW PHOTO QUALITY INSTANT CAMERA POLAROID

Oh yes, and those coloured lenses for the flash, although they weren’t overpowering, they also weren’t that much “fun”. They just added a subtle hue of colour to the picture.

One option that would be nice to have on this camera, would be if you could also store the photos digitally. That way you would have a clear, crisp version of the photo as well. Yes, that’s avail;able on other versions of Fujifilm Instant Cameras, but it seems weird that this version is deliberately unconnected.

The camera was a big hit at the party. And it did what it was supposed to do. It was very easy to use. People liked signing their names on the bottom of the pictures for that personal touch. And people were fascinated to watch the film develop. But overall, I would give the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 a pass and probably look at some of the other cameras that are in the Fujifilm Instax line. They have some that are more portable and seem more fun and versatile, particularly the connected ones.

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 sells for about $159 from places like Best Buy and Amazon.

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Pros and Cons of the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6:

Pros:
-Easy to load
-Easy to point and shoot
-pictures pop out instantly
-pictures can be written on
-people get excited to see their pictures right away
-the selfie mirror makes it easy to take pictures of yourself

Cons:
-film is expensive
-pictures are not great quality
-the camera is hard to hold onto
-the viewfinder is small and hard to see through
-the coloured lenses for the flash don’t add much
-no way of storing the photos digitally

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