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Shutterbug diaries: Fujifilm Instax SQ20 review

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When I was asked to review the Instax SQ20 I didn’t really want to, because I have an Instax LiPlay – and you don’t need more than that in life… or so I thought.

The Instax SQ20 is a hybrid instant camera (shoot – edit – print) which makes it a great gift for any shutterbug. It is a fun camera that takes the gamble out of printing.

What I really like about this camera is automatic flash and colour editing capabilities. I don’t think it has the oolala appeal of an Instax Mini, but has a rather utilitarian design – I’m not complaining. I really, really like the square photos as it offered more space to fit stuff into the frame.

Its features

  • Offers a digital display on the reverse of the camera to let users preview images before printing Video capture and zoom functionality
  • 18 simple filter effects and 6 colour filters to apply with a dial button
  • Up to 4 x zoom
  • Frame-by-frame video grabbing – great when you have kid or cats that won’t sit still
  • Selfie mirror – and if you don’t like it, discard and try again with no printing
  • Built-in memory, microSD/microSDHC memory card

You can find more specification on the Instax website.

The photos of Lexa is from a video and I grabbed my fav 2 frames, applied a B&W filter and voila!
Santon, the cat, is another favourite test subject as it is quite difficult to capture the beauty of black cats – and this little camera did it.

The size & weight

The Instax SQ20 is about the same size as an Instax Mini 8 or 9 – 119 mm x 50 mm x 127 mm/4.7 in. x 2 in. x 5 in. (W x D x H).

It’s quite a heavy little camera at 390 g/13.8oz (excluding film pack and memory card) or 440 g/15.5oz with film pack and memory card

The first day with the Instax SQ20

Lexa has seen Instax cameras and how the film reveals the picture, but this was Lily’s very first time and she was fascinated.

Exploring the Cradle of Humankind with the Instax SQ20

You can read more about the Cradle of Humankind (Maropeng) here. The answer is yes, I took a photo inside a cave at Sterkfontein – keep in mind the light is from the outside and it was pretty dark.

Cradle of Humankind with an Instax

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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