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Fujifilm SQ20: The future of Instant Cameras?

- 5 years ago

The Fujifilm Instax SQ20 was announced in Cologne, Germany, at Photokina in 2018.  Taking on a different format from its current Instax line-up, the SQ20 comes fitted with a screen, digital sensor and a micro SD card slot.  Rest assured it is still an Instax camera, taking hold of the classic instant square film. We’ve had our hands on this very interesting and intriguing camera for a few months, getting familiar with it and seeing who might use it.

SQ20 Key Features

  • 2mp CMOS sensor
  • F2.4 Aperture
  • Fixed 35mm equivlent, focal length
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • Built-in battery
  • 16 photo effects

Taking the best of both worlds, Fujifilm has merged digital camera tech with one of its fab Instax cameras to create this Frankenstein machine.  The main idea is to give the user more control in how their photos are produced. As we know from using instant cameras, control on how the picture is extremely limited and at times, frustrating if you’re new to the instant camera game.  You’ve got 10 shots to get it right or you’re getting another pack of film out. With the SQ20 you can take several photos, play with the exposure compensation, zoom in or add a filter – then hit print!

Fujifilm Instax SQ20

Fujifilm has taken a very interesting approach and has created something that has been uttered in the camera community “imagine if they put a screen on it?” and they have.

Working off a digital photo the Instax SQ20 uses the same tech as its Instax printers.  Using a light strip that exposes the film as it prints giving you the final image. This piece is at the heart of the camera and what enables it to go from a digital to a physical photo.  Using a 2-megapixel sensor does a few things for the SQ20, one of them is keeping costs down and the other to keep the files smaller. You won’t be printing on anything else other than Instax square films so there’s no need for it to have a higher resolution.  Even when we’ve done prints we don’t see resolution creeping in to remind you it was taken on a digital sensor. However, it may become obvious when you use its digital zoom so our advice would be to shoot it wide to avoid the low-resolution problems.

This camera won’t be for everyone but in light of that, it is still a very cool camera. Fujifilm has taken a very interesting approach and has created something that has been uttered in the camera community “imagine if they put a screen on it?” and they have. We can see this camera being very popular in the selfie-loving Asian market. Only time will tell if this camera grows in popularity for the western selfie lovers.

Check out our review of the Fujifilm Instax SQ20 instant camera here, the latest in #TheMeasure series and subscribe to our Youtube Channel if you haven’t already.

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PhotoBite Fujifilm SQ20 review -
Fujifilm SQ20:- Overall the Instax SQ20 is a very impressive camera, it’s hard to call it a film camera or a digital camera as it sits in its own category. The types of people we see using it are those who aren’t overly confident with shooting film but love the look and aesthetic. There is the option of just buying the Instax printer, but this holds some of the magic you don’t get from a printer.


  • More control to the user in the form of zoom and exposure compensation
  • Very easy and intuitive to use, picking it up and using it is very straight forward
  • Shutter button on both sides makes selfie taking much easier as you can use either hand


  • No viewfinder which would help it feel like an instant camera
  • Won't be for everyone as it is a very unique/specific type of camera

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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.