Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Polaroid was a big name in photography. Edwin Land created a process that produced positive images without developing and copying any negatives. Everything happened in the camera itself. It was just a small portable photo lab.
The secret is that the revealed film was treated with chemicals that were squeezed out of a small bag between two rolls while being fed from the camera. Then, within minutes, the image was developed. Pure magic then, and pure magic today. At least for the kids.
We tested two new Polaroid cameras and can tell the time has passed. We are not as fans now as before. But that’s funny. Unfortunately also expensive. Not the cameras, but the pictures.
There is no help program
We mean to remember that these cameras took better pictures than before. At least then the mechanics and optics were more expensive.
Perhaps this experience is also due to the fact that today the images that we take with our mobile phones and send to digital printers are completely processed by mobile processors using highly advanced software. They adjust focus, highlight dynamics, colors and all other parameters of the image. It gives the printers an easy job, and the images are as good as what the printers are capable of producing.
A Polaroid camera does not get such help. It depends on the lighting conditions when the button is pressed – and that you stay within focus limits for very simple optics. It appears. We didn’t take many good photos with these. The most advanced thing here is that we found a flash and a counter that keeps track of the eight images.
The conclusion is that photos are expensive and mostly bad, but the Polaroid OneStep 2 can be fun and useful when photos are needed quickly.
The new generation of Polaroid camera comes in two versions. Too small and a little bigger. Film’s biggest uses are the size of the old cameras used. The surface of the film has a size of 88 x 107 mm, which is a little more than what we know in the postcard format, that is, 100 x 150 mm. The Go mini version has a 47 x 46 mm film format. It is small.
The price of the Polaroid Onestep 2 VF starts from 1190 kroner. A film cassette with eight pictures is priced at 200 kroner. That’s 25 crowns each!
There are alternatives
The alternative is Fujifilm Instamax. We haven’t tested it, but the photos are cheaper and look like traditional Polaroids. On the other hand, the camera looks more like a regular camera, and it might be a dip for many nostalgia.
If you want good photos quickly and don’t bother with a wide white Polaroid frame, the Canon Selphi Square QX10 Portable Battery and Sublimation Printer is a good alternative.
It costs 1,918 kroner with 20 Polaroid-looking photos, with a 68 x 68 mm square photo format and a white frame where the bottom is a little Polaroid wide and thicker. The outer shape is therefore 72 x 85.
Pictures are printed over wifi in less than a minute. A package with 20 photos costs 185 kr.
If you prefer to have photos in a postcard format, both printers and photos are much cheaper.
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