The Instax SQUARE SQ6 is Fujifilm’s first analog instant camera to print in the square format and is on track to become one of the company’s most popular Instax models to date.
If you’ve just bought an SQ6 for yourself but aren’t sure how to load the film into the camera correctly, you’ve come to the right place. With the help of step-by-step visuals, I’ll show you how to put film into the camera and start taking pictures in no time at all! 🙂
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Step 1: Insert the batteries
Before you do anything else, grab two CR2 lithium batteries and insert them into the battery compartment on the side of the camera. I would recommend using the two Panasonic batteries that come bundled with the camera but any CR2 batteries will do as long as they’re fully charged and of the same brand.
Note that if you use batteries of two different brands or half-charged batteries, the camera may not work as it should.
Step 2: Insert the film
Next you’ll want to insert a pack of film into the back of the camera. Before you open the film pack, make sure that it is in fact the Instax Square type, not Mini or Wide. At the time of writing, the film pack features a young couple on the front so keep an eye out for that!
When opening the film pack, make sure to hold it by the edges at all times and avoid touching or pressing down on the areas that feature a finger with a line through it, as doing so could damage the film.
Open the film door of the camera via the tab on the rear and gently place the film inside, aligning the yellow markers. Once in place, you can safely close the film door and turn the camera on via the switch on top.
Once you’ve inserted a pack of film, it is important that you do not open the film door again until you’ve used up all your shots. (The only exception of course is if the film is jammed for some reason.) If you do accidentally open the door, every subsequent shot you take will turn out completely white due to overexposure.
3. Eject the black slide
All Instax film comes with a protective black slide that must be ejected before you can start taking photos. To do this, simply press the shutter button on the front once and the slide will eject from the slot on top.
You’ll also notice that the shot counter on the rear will rotate to the number 10, meaning that you have ten shots left in the pack. After you’ve used up all your shots, simply open the film door, remove the empty cartridge and start the process all over again.
And that’s it – you’re now ready to start taking pictures with the Instax SQ6!
If you found this step-by-step tutorial helpful or have any additional questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below. I’m always happy to hear from new readers. 🙂
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