Fujifilm Instax SQ1

Fujifilm Instax SQ1
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Instax Square format | 38mm equiv. F12.6 lens | Auto exposure control

What we like:

  • Stylish
  • Easy-to-use

What we don't:

  • Flash always fires
  • Lacks exposure compensation
  • No cool creative modes
  • Runs on CR2 batteries
The Fujifilm Instax SQ1 is an entry-level instant camera making use of the brand's Instax Square format film. It's short on features but offers a simple, straight-forward operation.
The SQ1 is bulkier than its Instax Mini counterparts, but that's to be expected since it’s shooting a larger image. The plastic build quality of the camera feels sturdy and the ribbed grip makes it comfortable to hold. The shutter is located on the grip and could be pressed accidentally before you’ve framed the shot. The camera is powered by two CR2 batteries, good for up to 300 prints.
The simplicity of operating the SQ1 makes this an Instax Square camera that photographers and non-photographers will enjoy shooting with
There are two shooting mode, standard and close-up/selfie. Users can toggle between them via a ring at the base of the lens mount. In standard mode, the focus range is 0.5m to infinity and in close-up mode the range is 0.3 to 0.5m. Like most Instax cameras, there's a small selfie mirror beside the lens. And an auto frame counter on back keeps track of shots left.
The SQ1 sets exposure by adjusting shutter speed and flash output. The flash range is 0.3 to 2.2m / 0.9 ft to 7.22 ft. We found it performs best in bright light, using its flash as a fill (note: you can not disable the flash). In moderate to dim lighting, exposure can be a tad dark; some sort of exposure compensation for these scenarios would've been appreciated. That said, the lens is moderately sharp at all distances.
For those craving the Instax Square format, the SQ1 is hands-down the easiest-to-use option out there; it's also the most stylish. But for the best overall image quality in the square format, we'd go with the mid-level Fujifilm SQ6.
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