FujiFilm Instant Square SQ6 

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While almost all mobile phones have screens to show the images they are capturing what they do not have is the ability to print them, yes Wi-Fi to the majority of recent printers and All In Ones will do so, most of those are not mobile devices.

fujifilm instax SQUARE SQ6 instant camera
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So to capture the moment then maybe the Polaroid camera can be what the occasion wants.

Here is their latest offering the Instant Square SQ6.

The camera is chunky at 13x11.5x6cm and weighs 453grams.

The film comes in a sealed pack of ten and full instructions are on the pack and in the manual, follow them or you will expose the film.

This takes point and shoot on just a little by having seven modes which a single mode button will take you through sequentially, Auto which will work normally – except for Macro shots -, Selfie that works at arm’s length and there is a small mirror mounted beside the lens to help you compose the shot, Macro where the instructions are different but fully laid out in the User Guide, Landscape, Double Exposure, Lighten and Darken. There is a flash that will fire when required unless you press the flash suppress button. The last of three buttons on the left side of the back is a self-timer mode and the base has a tripod screw anchor point.

The images taken are 6cm square which for older users is about 2½ inches square.

The units flash is efficient but thought is still required although the camera works out exposure etc.

As this is a fairly substantial unit there is a strap supplied to allow the weight to be taken by the neck.

The two places for creativity is the double exposure setting but you do need to think to avoid the result being Yuk, and the inclusion in the box of three colour filters (purple, green, orange) to place over the flash but again Yuk could be the result.

As regular readers will know I take images at local jazz gigs and those in the first set are great using just room lights, however the gig management with stage lighting and colour filters everything looks very strange in the second set and for me anyway that was the same result I got with the flash filters used here.

An image once shot appears blank after a few seconds and nothing will really show until around 30 seconds and a fully printed image take around two minutes.

The images I took had white frames but I see they also do packs with black frames, talking of colour the camera itself is available in Blush Gold, Graphic Grey or Pearly White, I was sent the last named which is white for the bottom 8cm area of the front with everything else being black.

While I remember Polaroid cameras the first time round when they really were point and shoot – hope - now you do have some control over the final image.

The Instant Square SQ6 camera is available for £124.99 from Amazon with film being around £9 for ten exposures.

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