The Instax Square SQ10 has quickly become one of my favorite cameras to take with me on day trips. My husband, Chris, and I love to take day trips out of the city to go on hikes or to visit the beach. Usually on these trips I’m trying NOT to work, but my obsession with photography means that I have to bring AT LEAST a camera or two… or three. :)
Here are my favorite things about the Instax SQ10:
It’s small and lightweight - I can easily fit it into a purse or backpack
It has the ability to do double exposures (a MUST for me when buying a camera)
The colors it produces with the prints are actually really nice
You can pick and choose which images to print so you don’t waste film
The prints are bigger than the Instax Mini (which I always found to be a bit too small)
The camera is slow in-between photos so it’s easy to “miss the moment”
The digital images that are stored on the SD card are pretty low quality and would not be useful for anything other than maybe posting on Instagram - and even then, the photos would be somewhat pixelated
It’s easy to accidentally print an image if you hit the switch on the side - if it’s in the “Auto” position, it will print right after you take the image
There’s no way to know how many prints are left in the film cartridge
Overall, I highly recommend this camera for beginners who are interested in learning more about film photography. The Instax Square SQ10 is a “hybrid” camera - meaning it has features that both film and digital cameras are known for. It’s great if you are learning about double exposures as well, because it allows you to see the images overtop of each other on the digital screen, as you are taking it. The main cons of this camera are just that the camera is slow when taking photos and that the digital versions of the image are somewhat useless. I have a few samples below of the digital images from the SD card.
Be sure to check out my YouTube video about the SQ10 below for the full review!
Here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken with the Instax Square SQ10 so far:
(The first 11 images are scanned versions of the printed photos, the last 6 images are the digital version of the photos from the SD card)