Fujifilm launches hybrid instant camera with video capture feature

Strange as that sounds, Fujifilm today launched the Instax Square SQ20, an instant camera that can also shoot video clips up to 15 seconds in length.

Fujifilm’s instant print cameras have become a popular way to shoot and share photos. Even though the novelty lies in the once-off nature of the print, the newer Instax cameras have now added functionality that help you shoot and choose only the best images to print. This is great news for those who’d like to preserve their pricey instant film.

This hybrid combination of instant and a digital camera allows you to add an array of cool effects to your prints. These don’t just include colour filters – there’s also Timeshift Collage that takes four different shots in sequence, and a special Sequence filter that showcases the motion of your subject.

The biggest new feature is called Frame Grab. By taking a 15-second video, you’ll be able to scrub through 225 frames (at 15fps) and pick the best one to print. It’s a nice feature especially considering that your video clip also gets saved to a removable microSD card.

The Instax SQ20 shoots square images with an aspect ratio of 1:1 and film packs come in 10 or 20’s. It’s available today for a suggested retail price of R2,999 and is available in black or beige.

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