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Shooting with a Fujifilm Instax SQ6: Walkthrough, review, and sample shots

Squares are fun!

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There’s still something about instant cameras that excites me. Even in the age of Instagram and digital photos, I still find myself curious about the next new shooter that’ll be able to instantly print my pictures.

Fujifilm’s newest release, the Instax SQ6, is the latest camera to feed my instant photo obsession, and it uses the square film format.


What can it do and how is it different from previous Instax releases? Keep reading.

Looking retro

Right off the bat, let me say it: This is an Instagrammable camera. It has a cool retro look that makes it look classic, but fun. It looks so nice, it can pass as a set prop. 

It comes in three colors: pearly white, slate metal black, and my favorite, a pink one.

This simple camera is pretty straightforward. Up front is a beautiful textured finish. You can find the flash, shutter button, and a selfie mirror here.

On the back is a slight grip, which houses batteries that power the device. There’s also the viewfinder, compartment for the film, and the different mode buttons.

Up top is where the film comes out, and of course, the on/off switch.

The SQ6 comes in a lightweight plastic body, but the design makes up for that. It’s not the most compact camera, but judging by how pretty it is, it seems this is a device that’s designed to be seen and shown off as opposed to being kept in a bag.

Getting started

Before anything else, let me go through loading film, as this is always the trickiest part to any new instant camera.

With the SQ6, it’s pretty simple: Load the cartridge, make sure the yellow strips match (on the cartridge and the camera) and you’re done! There’s also a counter on the lower right that shows how many shots you have left.

Now, there are a number of shooting modes on this camera. There’s automatic for normal shooting conditions, Macro mode for close-up shooting, Landscape mode, double exposure mode, and even modes to lighten or darken your shots.

The topmost button on the left controls the modes; below that is a Timer button, and under that is a Hold Flash button. Like most instant cameras, the flash goes off every time a photo is taken. If you’re in a super bright place and you want to take a photo, you can press the Hold Flash button so that the photo won’t come out as too bright. Fair warning though, the flash is automatically on for good reason.


Speaking of the flash, the camera comes with flash filters in different colors for some fancy Instax photo effects.

The SQ6 is a square format camera meaning it shoots in square film. These are available in white, and just recently, black — which looks awesome! Each cartridge houses ten shots.

Time to shoot photos!

Picture perfect?

I just love that there’s a Selfie mode on this thing. Being on this mode calibrates the settings so that it takes the best photo from as far as your selfie-taking hand can go. That selfie mirror in front really helps, too.

Of course, that was a mode I used a lot. The Double Exposure mode is pretty cool, too. When on this mode, you can press the shutter button twice and the effect is pretty trippy prints. Speaking of trippy prints, those colored filters also add a subtle color effect to photos that give them more character.

No samples from the Macro mode as I wasn’t even able to take a decent one; the photo shifts to the side when you shoot. 😅

My go-to for group photos was the timer shot. This ensures no shaky hands and wider space so that everyone can potentially fit. This yielded nice, clear photos — when we framed it right.

Admittedly, mistakes on instant cameras are pretty common, and that’s the beauty of it.

I can’t tell you how much film I wasted on shots I screwed up. Whether I accidentally pressed the shutter, framed it wrong, or cut somebody out, these are all moments that will be remembered years from now, all frozen in Instax photos.

Do I likey?

The SQ6 follows the SQ10 as part of the Instax square format camera line. But, that’s about all it follows from its semi-digital predecessor.

This camera looks retro because it is. It’s fully analog, meaning no photo saving or editing, and it runs on replaceable batteries, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Taking photos is as quick and simple as hitting the shutter button.

It’s an instant camera that’s straightforward and easy to use, which means it racked up fun points in that regard. Photo quality is definitely better compared to other instant cameras I’ve tried, and admittedly, that square black film looks great. Not to mention, it’s a pretty camera that’s very fun to use.

Yet another plus: The SQ6 retails for US$ 130 in the US, which is more than half the price of the previously released SQ10.

If you’re an avid instant camera fan and are into the old-school Instax feels, this shooter might be worth checking out. It’s a new camera with old tricks up its sleeves — and that formula actually works for it.

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Sony’s A7R IV has a massive 61MP sensor

Still king of full-frame mirrorless cameras

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After hearing of a Sony Alpha event, we at GadgetMatch crossed our fingers hoping for the A7S III. That’s a much-awaited update on their S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras specifically made for taking videos. The event though, was for the Sony A7R IV. And while it’s not what we were waiting for, it still has so much going for it.

For one, it’s world’s first 61-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. That’s a huge step-up from its predecessor’s 42.4-megapixel sensor. Sony’s samples during the presentation showcases how you don’t lose detail even when you zoom in on the images thanks to its massive sensor.


You don’t lose detail even after zooming in

It also has a 15-stop dynamic range, five-axis optical in-body image stabilization, as well as 10FPS shooting with continuous autofocus as well as real-time eye-tracking for every shot. Something new that video-makers might find really useful is the addition of the real-time eye AF to video recording.

Speaking of video, the A7R IV is capable of 4K recording with S-Log 2/3, HDR for professional editing. Still with video-makers in mind, the A7R IV comes with a new system that captures digital audio signal. With this, Sony introduced two accessories to take advantage of this new tech — a digital audio shotgun mic and an XLR mic adapter kit. The accessories cost US$ 350 and $600 respectively.

As for the camera itself, the A7R IV will retail for US$ 3,500 body-only and will be available in September 2019.

With Canon and Nikon launching their own full-frame mirrorless cameras namely the EOS R and the E6 and E7, this was a serious flex on Sony’s part. The company is letting the world know that they continue to hold the crown as king of full-frame mirrorless shooters.

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Fujifilm debuts flagship GFX100 in the Philippines

Boasts of 102 megapixels, 4K videos

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Photo by X-Photographer Jonas Dyhr Rask | IG: @jonas.rask

Fujifilm has just unveiled the GFX100 in the Philippines. Launched in Tokyo last May, the company’s flagship camera found its way to the country through an exclusive launch held in Illuminate Studio in Makati.

The GFX100 prides itself as the world’s first camera capable of shooting uncropped 4K videos in 30p on a medium format. It’s powered by Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor 4 to ensure the medium format camera has the power and speed to handle a large amount of data.


The camera is a real treat for those with artistic flair since it carries the newly-developed 102 megapixels image sensor. Active shooters should also rejoice! The camera has an improved phase detection AF (compared to X-series models) and built-in image stabilization, both of which are a first for a medium format digital camera.

To make it even more exciting, the GFX100 is weather-sealed, possessing dust- and water-resistant body which can also handle freezing up to -10 degrees Celsius. Its lightweight yet robust build made of magnesium alloy won’t let any kind of weather stop you from doing your craft.

Simply put, the GFX100 makes it easier to produce premium-quality output with great details, three-dimensional definition, and an accurate portrayal of a scene’s atmosphere.

In addition to loads of premium features, the GFX100 introduces the Film Simulation for the first time in the GFX series. Known from X-series cameras, the feature allows users to enjoy color and tonal reproduction.

To amplify the medium format camera’s arrival in the country, Fujifilm flew in two professional photographers who have used the GFX100 model.

The GFX100 could be a GadgetMatch for artistic people, particularly those who work as a commercial or fashion photographer. It could also be a match made in heaven for photographers and videographers committed to producing premium quality work, or just an enthusiast moving to medium format.

As Atlanta-based photographer Zack Arias said, “Once you go medium format, you won’t settle for anything less anymore.”

The GFX100 is now available in the Philippines for PHP 599,990 (US$ 11,753) for its body only.

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Canon introduces PowerShot G7 X III, shoots 4K and vertical videos

Made for aspiring YouTube and Instagram influencers

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Canon has just announced the PowerShot G7 X III, another “vlogging” camera meant for YouTubers and Instagram creators. Vloggers will love it for its LCD touchscreen that tilts up 180 degrees.

The G7 X III boasts about shooting 4K videos at 30 FPS without cropping, something that the EOS R can’t do. It can also shoot 120 FPS slow-mo videos at 1080p resolution for cinematic effect. But more importantly, these videos you capture can be streamed live on YouTube.


Instagram influencers shouldn’t feel left out! The G7 X III has support for vertical shooting so you perfect for both Instagram Stories and IGTV. Your die-hard followers won’t have to worry about tilting their heads just to watch your vlog!

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Canon’s newest camera is packed with features dedicated to aspiring creators. It’s equipped with built-in optical image stabilization, ND filter, and microphone input.

Like every recent camera, the G7 X III has a BlueTooth and Wi-Fi feature, as well as an option to gather GPS information through the Canon Camera Connect app. Creators can also do panoramic shooting because vlogging doesn’t always have to have the vlogger in focus.

The G7 X III will be available starting August. It costs around US$ 749 for both black and silver options.

Via: Engadget

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