The Lomo'Instant Square is the first classic camera for
Fuji Square film. Fuji makes the SQ10, an electronic camera with a
built-in printer, which exposes Fuji Square Instant film. The Lomo
Instant Sqare has many features, similar to other Lomo cameras for
Instax film, as: B mode, long exposure times, filter
thread, remote control, multiple exposure and a variety of
accessories. The form of the camera is largely inspired by the old
Kodak Instant cameras. The 900 series looks similar and folds the same
Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Square Film Exposure Area: 62mm x 62mm Lens Focal Length: 95mm (45mm equivalent) Auto Exposure Type: Programmed Automatic Aperture: Automatic f/10, f/22 Shutter Speed: Bulb Mode up to 30 sec, Auto Mode 8s to 1/250 Exposure Compensation: +1/-1 Exposure Values (Ambient Exposure) Film Ejection Mechanism: Motorized Multiple Exposures: Unlimited Built-In Flash Guide Number: 9 (m) Built-In Flash: Automatic Flash & Flash Off Mode Closest Focusing Distance: 0.8m Zone Focusing Setting: 0.8m / 1-2.5m / infinity (pre-set at 1-2.5m) Tripod Mount: Yes Remote Control Transmission: Infrared (front & back sensors on camera) Self Timer: Electronically controlled countdown to 10 seconds Film Counter: LED indication, counting down Battery Supply: 2 x CR2 batteries (6V) — please note that batteries are not included Remote Control Battery Supply: CR2025 (3V) — please note that batteries are not included Filter Thread Diameter: 30.5mm Size: 15 x 12 x 4.5 cm Weight: 503 gr. with batteries and flm
pledge from Kickstarter, a Lomo'Instant Square, an extra Mini back plus
2 goodies, a camera filter and color filters for the flash.
What's in the box. The camera, instructions, info cards and gadgets to present your pictures.
you need to start, no film and batteries furnished. If you want to use
the remote, you will need an additional CR 2025 battery.
The camera front.
Back side with control panel.
Seen from above. Ejection.
Seen from below. Tripod mount.
Control panel lit. 9 photos left.
Remote conrol integrated into the housing.
Remote control for self-timer, remote shutter and long time "B" exposures.
Size comparison to Fuji SQ10. The Fuji is smaller, but heavier.
Just to give you an idea, some photos, taken with this camera:
2m, no flash. Coour test.
∞, sunny winter day.
My first camera had a problem. There was a black border to the right of each photo, a kind of black bulge. It
appeared on all photos. Probably the bellows were faulty.
I have sent the camera to the Lomo service and they replaced it without
a problem. They even sent a film as compensation the faulty photos and
a second one as reimbursement of the sendind fees. The service was
friendly, quick and responsive. This is what the problem looked like:
And here are 2 pictures, taken with the SQ10 for comparison:
2m, no flash.
The Sq10 has a wider angle. Its pictures appear sharper to me.
Lomo'Instant Square is a lightweight camera, easy to handle. The finder
is o.k., as with all classic Fuji Instants, there is no rangefinder and
it's approximative, but you get easily used to it. You have to remeber
to set the distance, it starts with the 1-2m range. Flash is on by
default, but you can switch it off. The flash is fine up to 2m. Inside
photos are well exposed, with or without flash. Outside photos in
winter are a bit dark, but I will have to wait for summer to make a
final judgement. Setting the camera to EV+ is too much. It's quite
different to the classic Fuji Instant cameras which tend to overexpose
in sunshine. The possibility to have long exposure times for night
photos is a big advantage, multiple exposures are possible as well. A
filter thread is a big + either, as is a tripod socket. Picture
sharpness is fine for a non-professional camera. So this camera is well
conceived, it's fun to use.
There is a very useful accessory, a glass wide lens. You can find it here.