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    Friday
    Nov022018

    An instant print camera that can shoot video?

    When a Fuji press release about a new Instax (Instant printing camera) mentioned shooting 15 seconds of video I wondered “how could that work?” At PhotoExpo 2018 I got to see the new model, the Instax Square SQ20 in person, and yes it is able to capture video clips up to 15 seconds long. While you’re able to view them on the 2.7” TFT Color LCD monitor and store them on an SD card, the object is not to watch them as a video. (Besides, it doesn't record sound with the video.) You use the “motion mode” jog wheel to pick the frame you like best, and then print that one. That process can save you from wasting the 1920 x 1920 resolution 2.4” x 2.4” film sheets which are about a $1.00 a print. You can also add one of the 16 effects like blurring the motion, double exposure, collage, color filters, etc. It seems the new camera (released October 20, 2018) has also been given a smaller sensor. It's 1/4-inch on the earlier SQ10 and 1/5-inch on the new SQ20. The lens is said to be the same, with an f/2.4 aperture. Although it will most likely lessen the photo quality, there's also a 4X digital zoom function. The camera is now showing up online at $199.95 and the square instant film packs are a bit more than the smaller Fuji format prints at about $15 for 10 sheets. However in multi-packs, it can drop down it to a buck or a bit less per photo. More details about the new camera are here:

     Giz Wiz Video: 8https://youtu.be/19HdFyogt4 

    https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/instax/cameras/instax_square_sq20/index.html

    It's $199.95 on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EJNX7t (In stock on Nov 4)

    It's also at BH Photo for the same price $199.95.

    Amazon link is an affiliate link. Pay exactly the same but Giz Wiz Biz gets a small credit to buy more stuff to talk about.

    See or hear this episode: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1699

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