Cameras that can spit out instant physical photos are gaining popularity for parties and events as well as the simple joy of actually holding your photos in your hands. Unlike Polaroid's digital hybrids, such as the Snap Touch, however, the Fujifilm Instax Square SQ10 appears to use actual film, though the company hasn't gone into depth about how it works.
The camera uses Fujifilm's new square 1:1 ratio film, but users can go back to any of the last 50 photos to decide which ones are imprinted on that film. The concept of mixing both a digital sensor and actual film into one is great, but the camera doesn't appear to be designed for serious shutterbugs.
The digital sensor inside is 1/4 inches, which is very small even for a compact camera. The resolution isn't very high and the small sensor will also probably be pretty prone to noise in low light. There's also no video or burst mode.
The SQ10's biggest feature is that it can turn digital files into Instax prints and only takes about 12 seconds to do so. A number of different shooting modes are also included, such as double exposure and bulb mode as well as ten different art filters.
If you want a fun camera that's capable of instant physical photos, the Fujifilm SQ10 will certainly do that -- and it may be the best Instax camera yet with the ability to choose whether or not the photos print after you take them. But, we're not giving it the best rating here, because on the digital side of things, the sensor is small and isn't likely to churn out anything better than your smartphone.