Hybrid vs. Analog.
I participated in a NAPfS photowalk on Tuesday, an early evening stroll through an older part of Pflugerville, TX. Well attended, it was a nice gathering with about 15-16 peeps. I had a great time.
I brought along 3 cameras… my trusty Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the Fujifilm SQ10, and a new Fuji Instax camera, the Fujifilm Instax SQ6.
The SQ6 uses the Fuji square film. It’s totally analog, unlike the hybrid SQ10. You point, shoot, and a picture pops out. What you shot is what you print. Immediately!
The SQ6 has an Auto mode, a ‘selfie’ mode, macro and landscape settings, the ability to lighten and darken, and it’ll shoot double exposures. You can turn off and on the flash – plus included in the box are green, red, and purple colored plastic filters that fit snugly over the decent sized protruding flash located at the top left corner on the face of the camera.
It was my first pack of film in the SQ6, and that’s the camera I started out with for the stroll.
I had only read through the manual a couple of times, so I was familiar enough to do some damage! The 10 pictures I made with the SQ6 turned out decent enough. I like the mystery of not knowing what’s going to emerge.
SPECS | Fujifilm Instax SQ10 + Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Film & Fujifilm Instax SQ6 + Fujifilm Instax Square Instant Film
After I emptied the SQ6 of its 10 images I broke out the SQ10, which is a lot more predictable. I like being able to shoot manually and print later. And that’s what I did. I just shot a bunch of pictures and when the group wound its way back to the coffee shop, I opened a box of film and stuck it in the camera.
I was able to be selective about which pictures I printed, and that’s something about the SQ10 that makes it work for me.
I like and will use both cameras, but the SQ10 just edges out the SQ6 in coolness. Now, I’m hoping Fujifilm produces square black and white film for the SQ6. That’d be awesome.
Here are 10 pictures, the 5 in the left column were made with the SQ10, the 5 in the right the SQ6.