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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 launches the Alpha 1 mirrorless camera

With a 50.1-megapixel main sensor

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With camera technology these days, mirrorless cameras are swiftly approaching the boundaries set forth by professional DSLR and SLR cameras. Today, Sony launched the Alpha 1 with the tallest promise for mirrorless cameras.

As the name suggests, the Alpha 1 plans to become the premium-tier of the mirrorless camera segment. The full-frame mirrorless camera sports a 50.1-megapixel stacked Exmor RS main image sensor. The camera has two blazing fast Bionz XR processors    which features 759 phase detection points and can shoot up to 155 RAW images (or up to 165 JPG images) at up to 30 frames per second.

Outside of the camera’s insides, it also has an amazing 9.44-million dot OLED Quad-XGA electronic viewfinder with a 0.90x zoom.

In the video department, the Alpha 1 can shoot videos of up to 8K resolution and at 30p. Alternatively, it can shoot 4K videos at up 120 frames per second, pushing the boundaries of action photography.

All of these impressive specs are housed inside a lithe 737g body, making it a perfect companion outside of a professional camera. The Alpha 1 will officially come out sometime in March this year and will retail for US$ 6,500.

SEE ALSO: Sony ZV-1 Hands-On

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Sony ZV-1 Hands-On

Casual shooting made easier!

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Sony reimagines point-and-shoot cameras with its digital camera, ZV-1. Built to capture picture-perfect moments, the Sony ZV-1 houses a lot of exceptionally smart features.

With intelligent autofocus, flawless fast-tracking, and world-class optical stabilization, shooting videos are a lot uncomplicated. Additionally, you can switch to a bokeh mode with just a single touch, and enjoy a haggard-free face with its built-in beauty mode. Moreover, its screen flips, swivels, and rotates.

Certainly, the Sony ZV-1 is the perfect companion for all your casual shooting needs. It surely made casual shooting fun and easier.

SEE ALSO: Sony introduces a chic, classic color for Digital Camera ZV-1

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Nikon offering free photography classes until December 31

Make your holiday 2020 worthwhile!

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Photo by Kuk Thew

The holidays are here but we’re definitely staying at home for the season thanks to the coronavirus. Thankfully, we don’t have to bore ourselves out for there are many indoor activities worth our time. One of them is photography classes by Nikon, which is free to access until December 31.

You don’t need to have a Nikon camera to access the photography classes. A few of them may need exclusive Nikon gear though. But in general, all of them only need the essential gear like a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. You only need to sign up with your name and email address to get started.

So, what can you expect from these free photography classes? Nikon has prepared hundreds of videos featuring experts from the field which will give you tips and advice on making great photos. All the videos cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from basic skills to advanced topics for budding professional photographers.

There is even a special class for taking great photos for the holidays so you end with memorable mementos this 2020 even if you wish to forget that this year really existed. Overall, the classes are really worth taking especially if you brought a new camera gear this or aimed to improve your photography skill at the last minute.

To sign up for the classes, you simply have to sign up with your name and email address. After the free offering expires on December 31, you may need to pay for access to the photography classes. These classes come at US$ 15 to US$ 100, so you’re saving a lot if you grab the free offer from Nikon today.

Source: The Verge

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