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Fujifilm Instax SQ6: Square Format Analog Camera
by Seth L.
BEAUTIFULLY SQUARED

Design-wise, the SQ6 strongly resembles the logo of a certain popular photo-video social sharing service and it comes in 3 color choices – Pearl White, Blush Gold and Graphite Gray.

When everyone is trying to jam as much electronic doodads into their cameras, you could say Fujifilm’s SQ6 is pleasantly basic. It shoots via a 66mm lens with a 32mm field of view, and renders images captured onto a 2.4-inch x 2.4-inch area on the square format films, and that’s it. Other than the automatic exposure controls for detecting surrounding brightness and adjusting the shutter speed accordingly, everything else is as analog as they come.

The SQ6 has a few shooting modes that you can access like double exposure, just by pressing the shutter button twice. There are also modes like Macro for capturing impressive close-ups up to 30cm away, Landscape for snapping beautiful scenic photos and Lighten & Darken for you to create low and high-contrast images. With the tripod socket and a built-in 10 second timer, you can easily take photos with a large group of people as well.

The SQ6’s has a selfie mode that automatically adjusts focus and brightness. So, how do you take a selfie without a screen to see? Well you’ll just have to do it the old school way, with the tiny mirror situated next to the lens that you use to approximately adjust your framing.

The SQ6 also comes with 3 opaque plastic color filters - orange, purple and green - for the flash, to create color overlays for your photos, reminiscent of those images shot from the 70s and 80s. Running on two new CR2/DL CR2 lithium batteries, the SQ6 can shoot up to 30 Instax shots.

VERDICT

Even if you are not a fan of analog photography, you can’t deny there’s something interesting and tactile about shooting on film. The SQ6 comes in as an affordable and attractive throwback to yesteryear’s photography.

Currently the arrival of the SQ6 to Malaysia is yet to be announced but Fujifilm has mentioned that the SQ6 will be available form the end of May onwards with a suggested retail price of US130 (RM520+-). Along with the release of the SQ6, Fujifilm will also be introducing new black bordered Instax films on top of the traditional white framed ones. The Instax film pack (10-shots per pack) is priced at US12 (RM48+-) each. For more info do check out the Fujifilm Malaysia Instax SQ6 page HERE.

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