Polaroid cameras have returned to the public mainstream with its quick prints and unique photo styles. With similar designs to older Instax models, the new Instax Square takes on a fresh new look. But how similar are its function to its sister models?

Recently winning a Lucie Technical Award for Best Instant Camera, the Instax Square belongs to the same family as the Mini and the Wide. Are there any differences other than film type?

Instax Sq 10 (Fujifilm)

Instax Square 10 VS Instax Square 6

The newest edition of the Instax Square 6 is a digital camera, not an analog camera. This breaks the tradition of polaroid cameras being solely analog and unpredictable. This isn’t the first instance of Polaroid or instant print cameras taking a newer, digital savvy appearance.

Additionally, Kodak released an Instant PRINTOMATIC Digital Camera that gives you the option to print your pictures instantly. Functioning just like a regular digital camera, you’re able to store your photos onto a memory card and print them as much as you wish. This is different from the Instax Square series. The Square 10, for instance, gives you both the control and composition of a digital camera. It also allows you to enjoy the photo print–but how much is lost when you take out the analog aspect out from a film camera?

From The Phoblographer, Chris Gampat gives Fujifilm lovers a quick look at the Instax Square 10 features. The thin body, LCD screen gives it a different form than the Mini. Also, the monochrome setting is built into the camera, so you wouldn’t need to buy separate film for that.

Instax Sq 6 (Fujifilm)

Moving onto the Square 6, what more could Fujifilm do to outdo the Square 10? The Square 6 seems to go back to its origin, taking out the Square 10’s digital screen in favor of a viewfinder in the corner and a single button in the front. The Square 10 allows for brightness adjustments and compares it on their LCD screen, while the Square 6 takes a minimal approach similar to the Mini.

For flash, the SQ10 allows for a different setting, but the SQ6 comes with a set of filters: orange, green, and purple. This could be fun for tinted flash projects that the SQ10 doesn’t come included with.

So, what are the details that really contrast the two?

The SQ10 includes these features:

  • Vignetting
  • Filters (17 different filters)
  • Exposure
  • Double Expose (overlays two exposures–usually an analog trick now consolidated into a feature)
  • Self Timer (delay the shot by 2-10 seconds)
  • AF Illuminator (supplies light for fill)
  • Print History (saves last 50 images)

The Sq6 includes these features:

  • Automatic (not a lot of customization)
  • Selfie Mode (sets up close focus and reduces flash)
  • Macro
  • Landscape
  • Double Exposure (overlays two exposures alike the SQ10)
  • Lighten
  • Darken
  • Self Timer

Mini VS Square (Fujifilm)

Instax Square 6 VS Instax Mini 90

Now, this is a more vague comparison. The Square 6 and Mini 90 belong to the same Instax family. Both are the same height, but the Square 6 is noticeably wider. Both have viewfinders, and both have large lenses that protrude out from the camera.

For batteries, the Mini 90 is rechargeable but the Square 6 needs to be changed regularly. Unlike the Sq 10, the Sq 6 and Mini 90 is very similar in their modes offered.

Here’s what the Mini 90 features:

  • Lighten/Darken
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Double Exposure
  • Self Timer
  • Party (subject and background captured brightly)
  • Kids (capture moving objects like children and animal in low-light)

The Sq 6 has one feature over the Mini 90, that is the Selfie feature which reduces the focus range and brightens.

Sometimes on the Mini 90, you are able to combine modes like the Lighten/Darken features with Landscape or Macro, and even Double Exposure. The Sq 6 falls short with this, as it can only do one mode at a time and is digital. Also, one major pro about the Sq 6 is its noticeably larger print size to the Instax Mini 90, which gives you the same print like any other Mini.

In choosing your next camera, be sure to keep in mind the similarities and differences. Note the kind of picture you want to take, and allow that to guide your choices in the long run.