Polaroid’s new camera has no internet connectivity at all
Instagram might be the way to share photos these days, but for those who still prefer physical prints, Polaroid has brought film back from the dead.
Since Polaroid discontinued production of instant film in 2008, a startup called The Impossible Project ended up buying the last remaining Polaroid factory and have been producing film for vintage Polaroid cameras since. The acquisition of the Polaroid brand around the middle of last year sealed the deal for the production of new instant cameras to work with the film they produce.
The new Polaroid OneStep 2 is a revival of the original OneStep launched in 1977. It’s unabashedly retro with a two-tone exterior, big red shutter button, and a decidedly vague rangefinder. Intended for simple point-and shoot photography, the OneStep 2 removes as many obstacles to shooting on film as possible. There’s not even a focus control to fiddle with.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is no internet functionality included in the OneStep 2 at all. However, it does feature quality of life features like USB charging, a self-timer and an inbuilt battery that reportedly lasts up to 60 days.
Two types of film are available, the typical Polaroid 600 film and a new version called Polaroid i-Type film which is optimised for the new camera. Original Polaroid cameras draw power from a battery in the film pack, while the new i-Type film omits the battery, reducing the cost of packs but retaining the quality of the original film.
Local pricing and availability has been confirmed – the Polaroid OneStep 2 will likely launch in JB Hi-Fi and Camera House stores with a price tag of under AUD$200.
The i-Type film currently has no local availability, but ought to launch in Australia along with the camera; pricing in the United States works out to about USD$2 per shot. Polaroid 600 film is available locally and works out at just around AUD$4.50 per shot.