Fuji made good on its promise to deliver a square format Instax camera, but the new SQ10 has something few were expecting–a digital sensor.
The SQ10 produces a square 2.4 x 2.4-inch (1:1) instant print but also incorporates a 1/4-inch CMOS sensor that captures 1920 x 1920 resolution images (about 3.7-megapixels). You have the option to instantly print that image or save it to a microSD or internal memory (which has enough capacity for about 50 images). Saved images can be edited in-camera and printed at anytime.
The SQ10 has 10 color filters plus adjustable saturation and vignetting effects. There’s a double exposure mode, a bulb mode for long exposures and a division mode that puts nine images onto a single print. The camera’s fixed 28.5 mm, f/2.4 lens can focus on subjects up to 4-inches away in micro mode.
According to Fuji, the camera’s digital sensor and an image processing chip enable the SQ10 to take brighter photos in low-light conditions (indoor and night scenes) than previous Instax cameras. It also enables functions like automatic exposure control, face recognition and autofocusing. There’s a 3-inch display to preview your photos and review saved images.
There’s a 3-inch LCD and the camera’s rechargeable battery is good for up to 160 photos.
The SQ10 will ship in May for $279. It is available for pre-order now. Square film in packs of 10 will retail for $17.