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Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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In a time when cameras are getting smaller and every scene becomes a digital image at a tap on a smartphone screen, are prints still relevant?

Fujifilm’s Instax SQ10 aims to prove that they are. Following the wide success enjoyed by previous Instax models as the cutest niche product for print enthusiasts and go-to girlfriend gift of the past millennium, the brand tries its hand at a digital/analog camera hybrid.

The newest Instax is a serious-looking thing

The Fujifilm Instax SQ10

Unlike the cutesy, colorful Instax cameras of the past, the SQ10 comes in a very serious black with a clean silver finish.

Everything is square including the film

Instax photos displayed

This new film is being used for the first time on the SQ10. It’s bigger than Instax Mini’s prints but smaller than Instax Wide’s.

It’s a beautiful display of symmetry

Details of the Fujifilm Instax SQ10

Everything from the double shutters found on both sides of the camera, to the center flash, to buttons on the rear, are designed to be completely balanced. I must admit, although the camera packs more weight than I expected, it feels really good in my hands.

And of course, it prints on film!

Fujifilm Instax SQ10 printing a photo out

The defining feature of any Instax camera: its analog film printing.

But now, there are choices

Fujifilm Instax SQ10 has built in editing features

The unique thing about the SQ10 is that despite developing captured images on film, the camera itself is digital. Unlike Instax predecessors that were wholly mechanical, this particular model captures photographs the same way your smartphone does. Even without printing, your photos may be safely stored in a microSD card. This camera does not have Bluetooth capabilities and, consequently, you’d have to physically plug in the memory card to another device to copy or post the digital photos online. Not a problem, really, because a cuter post would be a photo of the printed Instax itself.

Additionally, this means that a simple switch will allow you to edit photos on this camera before printing — which includes filters, vignette, and exposure. It’s basically Instagram fun transferred to a camera for printing.

There’s a learning curve, though

Mistakes I made with the Instax SQ10

Yep, wasted film ?

There is an extra layer of navigating through the camera menu when you edit before printing. That, added to the unfamiliar way the buttons are arranged, can get a little confusing — especially if you’ve never used an Instax before. Unlike using Bluetooth photo printers and digital camera printers, this camera’s controls don’t feel as intuitive to digital natives used to tapping away on touchscreens.

Back of the SQ10 where the film is loaded and an empty film case

Back of the SQ10 where the film is loaded and an empty film case

Then, there’s the film which, as we 90s kids know, may be overexposed and ruined with one wrong move. I don’t expect young millennial SnapChatters to get this concept right off the bat, and honestly, it can get tricky. Even aware of film’s fickle nature, I managed to waste a couple of shots.

Once you get the hang of it though, it gets fairly easy and there’s nowhere to go but… out, to take more pictures!

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Girl holding Fujifilm Instax SQ10

Get the Instax SQ10 if you’re a sentimental, nostalgic fool who likes preserving moments, all the while being a perfectionist when it comes to #feedgoals and photography. (I say fool in the most loving way.)

One big mistake when considering getting this camera is measuring it up against digital cameras in the market. Granted, it may be a digital camera, it’s still on a league of its own. The SQ10 is Fuji’s first attempt at a hybrid, and it seems like it’s going in a pretty good direction.

Photo samples from Fujifilm Instax SQ10

There’s one thing that stops me from getting this camera, however: the very steep price. Unlike the Instax cameras of the past, this particular model isn’t so friendly to your pockets. The SQ10 retails for a whopping US$ 280, and a pack of 10 film exposures will cost you US$ 17 in the US. In the Philippines, it’s priced at PhP 14,999 for the SQ10 and PhP 550 for a box of film. Indian pricing is at INR 22,999 for the SQ10 and INR 699 for film.

SEE ALSO: HP Sprocket Review: The smallest instant printer

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Canon’s full-frame EOS R5 mirrorless camera can shoot 8K

It’s also the first EOS R with in-body stabilization

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With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines, it was also revealed that the EOS R5 is already in the works. Rumors have finally come to an end after Canon confirmed its existence.

EOS R is Canon’s full-fledged mirrorless lineup that was launched last 2018. The EOS R and EOS RP haven’t aged that much, but another successor is already being developed.

Both models received mixed bags of praises and criticisms. However, one known problem is the lack of stabilization. Older models rely only on stabilization found on the RF lenses. The R5 will finally have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and it’s the first EOS R camera to do so.

Another highlight feature is the ability to shoot 8K videos. It can be extracted as high-resolution images — most likely 33-megapixel stills just like in the Galaxy S20 series. 8K footages can also be downscaled to higher 4K quality for crisper details.

There’s also the high-speed continuous shooting which Canon has aced in their DSLR bodies over the years. It can approximately take continuous shots of up to 20fps through Electronic Shutter (ES) and 12fps when Mechanical Shutter (MS) is in use.

Shooting with 8K means you need a lot of storage space. Dual media card slots will be implemented, similar to the recently announced EOS-1D X Mark III. They’re also creating a system setting that will automatically import images through Canon’s cloud system.

Other than R5’s sudden announcement, Canon also plans to release nine new RF lenses this 2020 — including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x. These are just some improvements made by Canon to alleviate the concerns of EOS R’s concept when it comes to speed, comfort and image quality.

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Canon officially launches the EOS-1D X Mark III in the Philippines

Beyond exceptional full-frame DSLR

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After four years, Canon Philippines has finally launched the EOS-1D X Mark III. This full-frame DSLR camera is Canon’s latest flagship model, replacing the old EOS 1D-X Mark II from 2016.

Their latest DSLR is their best offering for both professional photographers and videographers alike. Aside from its superior image quality, power users can also enjoy recording high-quality 4K videos.

Canon is very clear with their intended market. This full-frame camera is meant for professionals who are into sports, action, wildlife, and news coverage.

The Ultimate EOS

Canon has developed a new 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor for the 1D X III. There’s also the enhanced DIGIC X image processor which promises 380 times faster computational processing. It’s also three times faster than the previous DIGIC 6+ found inside 1D X II. The main processor is paired with the DIGIC 8 which helps in auto exposure, auto focusing, and color profiles.

With an upgraded processor, the ISO sensitivity maximizes up to 102,400 (expandable up to 819,200). This means better output even in low-light conditions. The increased number of AF (autofocus) points — from 61 to 191 — helps in shooting details with precision. Also, there are 65 cross-type AF points when you set the aperture at f/8, a helpful feature for extenders especially when you shoot for sports or wildlife photography.

Speed

With a new image sensor in mind, the latest full-frame DSLR offers 40 times faster performance compared to its predecessor. There’s also a new mirror system which helps achieve higher rate in burst shooting — from 16fps, if you’re using the viewfinder, or up to 20fps when you shoot using Live View.

For fast-moving subjects, Canon has Eye Tracking as well as Face and Head Tracking. If you turn on silent shooting, you can shoot up to 20fps burst speed, ideal for sensitive situations or those that require full silence and concentration. The dual CFexpress card slots allows the 1D X Mark III to have a burst rate of approximately 1000 shots — both RAW and JPEG.

Quality

Image and video quality are both exceptional with the 1D X Mark III. This is the first EOS DSLR that’s capable of storing 10-bit HEIF file, which is half the size of a JPEG file but four times better in quality with improved color data and lesser artifacts. The added HDR PQ support improves the shot’s dynamic range, reducing the need for RAW and additional color correction. You can also do HEIF conversion to JPEG with the almost the same quality as shot with HDR PQ.

If you’re a videographer who’s thinking of getting this beast, it can record 4K UHD videos without cropping. It’s also capable of shooting 4K with the DCI standard. This isn’t exclusive to cinematic films as broadcast-quality footages can also be shot through 5.5K 60p RAW.

There’s also the support of Canon Log 10-bit video output ideal for HDR footages and high-contrast scenes that require advanced editing. If you’re concerned with high-speed shooting, this DSLR can shoot 120p and 100p videos in Full HD resolution.

Reliability

This latest DSLR has a newer camera build. It’s now built with a sturdier magnesium alloy that’s both tough and light at the same time. It’s also weather-sealed with dust-and-moisture resistance features, ideal for harsh weather conditions.

The shutter mechanism is reliable enough that it will last you up to 500,000 cycles — a significant improvement over Mark II’s 400,000 actuations. On top of that, there’s a bump in battery life even when it uses the same battery as its predecessor — from 1200 shots up to 2800 shots — in the newer model.

File transfer speeds are improved, thanks to the new built-in WiFi plus Canon’s SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1 Gen 2. It’s also equipped with built-in GPS, Bluetooth for better connectivity, and geo-tagging. The optional wireless transmitter (WTF-E9) comes with dual antennas that are compatible with fast Dual Band speeds.

Pricing and availability

Canon EOS-1D X Mark III’s Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is PhP 399,998. It will be available on authorized Canon Dealerships nationwide by the end of February 2020. For early buyers, you can save as much as PhP 7000 if you’ll buy their Special Promo Bundle worth PhP 26,698 which includes a 512GB CFExpress card and reader.

With Canon’s commitment to excellent service, they offer the CPS (Canon Professional Services) Membership with dedicated service support, discounted repair costs, unlimited cleaning, and free lens trial of up to three times.

If you also register through the Red App, it will give you an additional year of standard warranty, invites to exclusive events, and points to get gifts and vouchers.

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The Fujifilm X100V makes viewfinder-shooting fun again

Classic-looking, packed with modern features

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Fujifilm just announced the fifth-generation of X100 — the Japanese company’s premium compact digital camera. With its classic and sophisticated design, the X100V exudes a vintage vibe while packing modern features.

For starters, it has a tilting rear LCD monitor, enabling easier shooting in difficult scenarios. However, it also has an evolved version of its Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder. It lets you switch between optical and electronic viewfinders.

If that sounds martian to you, optical viewfinder lets you capture your subject as it is. On the other hand, electronic viewfinder reflects any adjustments you make to suit different shooting conditions.

Additionally, the X100V is equipped with the latest X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor and X-Processor 4 for better image processing, combined with Fujifilm’s signature color reproduction technology. Now, everything will look premium!

Lastly, Fujifilm specifically designed a lens for the X100V, which uses two aspherical lens elements to deliver extreme sharpness in high resolution and contrast.

The Fujifilm X100V will retail for Php 79,990 (US$ 1575).

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