WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Fujifilm Instax announced its new model of hybrid camera, the Instax Square SQ20, scheduled to hit stores on October 20.
- The new camera model has new features that allow video recording, photo editing, and a digital zoom.
- The SQ20 has a smaller sensor than the previous SQ10.
Fujifilm Instax announced its second hybrid camera on its Instax line- the Instax Square SQ20. Though there’s still no word on the price, the camera will be out for buyers by October 20. During its launch, the SQ10 went for $280, but can now be purchased below $200.
One of the new model’s surprising features, which is somewhat quirky for an Instax camera, is video recording. The SQ20 can record video clips up to 15 seconds long and can use those short clips to make new photo effects. You can edit these effects, then print out your photo directly from the camera. The recorded videos can also be stored on an SD card.
Another feature of the SQ20 called the “motion mode” enables you to pick out a still from a video and print that frame out. Other options of the new model are simulating long exposure, which blurs movement recorded on the video, and a 35mm film strip border for pictures captured in “motion mode.”
For the first time on an Instax camera, a digital zoom function has also been added. This feature lets you zoom in up to 4x.
Although the SQ20 does boast of these new features, the camera also has a few downgrades. These include a smaller sensor – 1/5 inch as compared to the SQ10’s ¼ inch sensor. This means the camera doesn’t capture as wide a field of view as the previous model. The new model, like its predecessors, doesn’t have wireless technology that can let you transfer photos from the camera to your phone.
Other than the new features, the SQ20 is pretty much the same camera as the previous SQ10 which was released April last year- a point-and-shoot digital camera that allows for immediate printing with its built-in photo printer. Like all Instax cameras, you need to stock up on instant film packs which go for about $15 for 10 sheets.
Source: The Verge