My pick this week is a camera called the Polaroid OneStep 2. I’m a big fan of instant cameras (and printers, for that matter) and the new Polaroid OneStep 2 is a beautiful update to the its classic counterpart. I have many instant-print devices, including several Fujifilm Instax cameras and printers. I do love the small form factor of the Fujifilm mini prints, and it’s nice having a small camera to tote around, but there is something quite nice about a classic Polaroid-sized frame. Plus you can explore many different types of film from their website.
About the Polaroid OneStep 2
Inspired by the original OneStep, Polaroid created this new version to make it updated and relevant with this new generation of photographers. The camera is compact, very easy to use, and has a minimal of dials and knobs. Here are some of the features of this camera:
- USB Charging (comes with a micro USB charging cable)
- Compatible with both i-Type and 600 film
- Tripod mount
- Self-timer button
- Switch to increase or decrease the exposure
- On-camera flash (with option “no flash” button)
- Camera strap slots (I was even able to squeeze my PeakDesign anchor links on it to make it easier to use with my existing straps)
What I like—and don’t like—about this camera
I don’t print much of my work, so this is an excellent way for me to have one-of-a-kind memories. We all create so many photos with our phones, but so often those images are fleeting and eventually forgotten. With instant cameras, there is something special about being particular with your framing, knowing that you only have a handful of packs of film to use.
One thing that is wonderful about this camera is that it can be charged via USB and does not use standard batteries (AA, AAA, etc.). This helps prevent things like icky battery corrosion, which has afflicted a handful of my cameras in the past.
The only thing I don’t really like about the camera is that it has a “hard” on/off switch and as far as I know, does not turn off automatically. I tend to run the battery down a bit because I forget to switch it off when I am no longer using it … which is pretty much all the time.
How do I use it?
I tend to use this camera more at home than while traveling, although I did take it with me on a trip to New York last fall. I use it mostly for family photos, artsy shots, and another thing I love to do is photograph people and then give them the print. Not many people have prtinted photos of themselves! Plus it’s a fun way to start a conversation.
Where can I get one?
You can find the Polaroid OneStep 2 item on the Polaroid Originals website.