I’d been wanting to make one of the Top Notch Hot Rod Drive-ins for a while now, yet another Austin Summer tradition to experience.
I recently added a Fujifilm SQ10 to my camera collection and Top Notch seemed like a good event to see what kind of pictures I could make with it.
The camera is a little different from other instant cameras Fuji sells. It produces square images, hence the ‘SQ’ in the camera name, and is capable of taking pictures, saving them on an added storage card, then going back later and editing each shot, using in-camera filters, tweaking exposure compensation, and adding vignetting, then printing them.
At around $12-$17 bucks for a 10-pack of film, this feature will (hopefully) lead to fewer wasted shots!
There’s a smallish 2 13/16″ by 1 7/16″ display on the back of the camera that’s actually fairly clear when framing or chimping and the interface is pretty easy to navigate, both physically and digitally.
The shape of the camera is a little odd, and kinda’ heavy, but considering all it needs to contain and the functions it performs, seems there was little choice.
The lens has a 28mm focal length, uses a ƒ2.4 aperture, and captures images at 3.69 megapixels.
The physical print is 2 13/16″ wide by 3 7/16″ tall and the image size is 2 7/16″ square.
The digital images can be transferred from the storage media, which is a MicroSDHC card that came with a SD adapter.
It’s a pretty cool little gizmo, actually. I took about a dozen shots at Top Notch and the above three were my faves, so I printed them last night and scanned ’em this morning.
Like I said, pretty cool.