The high-end photography theme enlivened by mirrorless full-frame variants to monster-censored prototypes also seems to spread to the ‘retro photography class. In that realm, Fujifilm Instax is one of the favorite choices of consumers. And the latest incarnation of the Fuji instant camera has features that did not exist in the previous generation.
After introducing an analog camera with the theme of Instax Square SQ6 nostalgia last year, Fujifilm this time revealed the successor of the Instax Square SQ10 hybrid instant camera. SQ10 was able to steal the attention of consumers with its ability to save image files before printing on film paper, and this time, a product named Instax Square SQ20 was able to record video.
Instax Square SQ20 allows users to record 15-second videos. For users of modern gadgets, that short time does not look impressive. But the interesting capabilities of SQ20 are, it is able to use these video clips to create new photo effects. Furthermore, you can edit it further and print photos directly from the camera.
The manufacturer also put a new feature called Motion Mode. With it, you are welcome to look for the best moments in the video for printing. This mode is supported by Sequence function to create a shaded/moving effect, and alternatively, you can add a film strip style frame or apply retro effects to old films.
For still photo functions, you can find familiar options such as standard mode, Bulb, Double Exposure, Split, Collage (bring up several images in one frame), and Time Shift Collage (display four photos of the same object at different times). Fujifilm also provides no less than ten types of filters and gives us the flexibility to highlight certain colors, adjust the brightness, to apply the vignette effect.
Compared to Square SQ10, the SQ20 specifications experience upgrades and downgrades. This brand new diamond hybrid camera carries a sensor that is smaller than its predecessor, which is 1/5-inch in size (the SQ10 is equipped with a 1/4-inch sensor).
The lens is more or less the same, has an f / 2.4 aperture, but the 1./4-inch sensor size has an impact on the reduced field of view. As compensation, the SQ20 has a digital zoom capability of four times. This feature was first available on Instax cameras.