Get to grips with the SQ6

The instax SQUARE SQ6 lets you capture beautiful square instax images in seconds from picture perfect selfies to stunning scenery and snapshots of all the important moments in between. Have you got your hands on one yet? Pearl White, Blush Gold or Graphite Grey? Whichever colour we know you’ll love its creative features and if you’re stuck for what to shoot first and how, we’re here to help!

The SQ6 is a clever little instant camera that will automatically choose the best settings for you when selecting different shooting modes. After turning the camera on it will be ready to shoot in Auto mode, which can be used for general shots such as portraits and street photography. Push the MODE button on the left of the camera to switch between the modes; a light above the mode symbol indicates which mode is selected. Keep pushing the MODE button to navigate through the modes. Read on for our guide to each mode.

Selfie Mode

The best setting to capture self-portraits of you and your friends. Choose Selfie Mode and then make sure that the camera is 30-50cm away from your face; this is roughly arm’s length. If you stretch your arms and hold the camera away from you, as far as you can stretch, that will do the job. Then just make sure that you can see yourself in the selfie mirror on the lens and you’re ready to take a shot!


If you want to jump into a big group shot with your friends, or even snap yourself in a beautiful landscape then press the SELF-TIMER button; it’s directly below the MODE button. Once you’ve pressed the SELF-TIMER button you have ten seconds to get in the shot. The self-timer can be used in all the different camera modes.

self timer mode on the sq6

Macro Mode

The Macro Mode is for shooting subjects that are close to you, around 30-50cm, so the same distance that the camera would be from your face if taking a selfie. When looking through the viewfinder you will see an ‘O’. To frame up your shot you want your subject to be in the bottom left of the viewfinder and the ‘O’ to be on the upper right. This may take some trial and error to get right, but you’ll master it in no time. 

using macro mode

Landscape Mode

For subjects that are further in the distance, at least 2m away, such as landscapes, cityscapes or architecture, or even when you just want to capture the atmosphere of a wider scene you’ll need the Landscape Mode.

landscape mode on the sq6

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Double Exposure Mode

With the Double Exposure Mode you can merge two images into one frame. Select the Double Exposure Mode and take your first shot, then take the second – the image won’t print until you’ve taken your second shot. You can have endless fun with this mode by trying out different combinations of shots, for example patterns with people, multiple people, cloudy skies with cobblestone streets, or even merging the same subject twice at different angles. We’re big fans of flowers with portraits!

double exposure examples taken on the sq6

Colour your world

The SQ6 comes with three flash filters – green, purple and orange – to add a colourful glow to your images. The filters are easily attached to the camera’s flash. As you’ll need the flash on, this technique works better when shooting in darker situations, such as indoors at a party or in the city during the evening.

You can turn off the flash by pressing the FLASH button; it’s below the MODE button. When the LED is lit, the flash will no longer fire. The flash will stay off while you capture images so to turn the flash on again press the FLASH button again.

sq6 flash options

Too dark or too light?

If your images are coming out a little too dark or a little too light, use the Lighten or Darken Modes.
That’s the (L) and (D) icons you see on the back of the camera. 

Lighten Mode

If your images are coming out too dark, choose this mode.

Darken Mode

Use the Darken mode if images look too bright.

sq6 lighten and darken modes
From left to right: Auto, Lighten, Darken



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