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The original Polaroid company stopped producing the instant film cameras that made it famous some ten years ago. One year later, it also ended its instant film production. The Impossible Project, now renamed the Polaroid Originals, took its place as it started offering instant film for vintage cameras that needed it.
Then, in 2016, it also released a new device called the I-1. Now, Polaroid Originals is launching a new camera that acts and looks like the originals, but still comes with some new features. This fresh take on a Polaroid camera was named OneStep 2.
OneStep 2 borrows much of the design of the original Polaroid instant film camera. It has a cream-colored casing, the distinctive rainbow strip down its front as well as the big, red shutter button.
However, it also resembles its more modern predecessor, the I-1, in that it has a more open viewfinder. Also, it comes with two rows of light on its top, which serve to indicate how many shots are left before the film finishes.
Though analog, the OneStep 2 is presented as having a high-quality lens and a powerful flash. It will also come with a rechargeable battery that should be long lasting even at just a single charging.
The company described it as being “an analog instant camera for the modern era, blending classic design with contemporary style. It’s inspired by Polaroid’s original OneStep, but updated to create a simple, easy-to-use instant camera that works straight out of the box.”
New Camera, New Film for the OneStep 2
Polaroid Originals has created a new type of instant film, one which only works with the OneStep 2 and that cannot be used with vintage Polaroids.
This new kind of film was named the i-Type and will come in packages capable of eight shots. It will also be cheaper than vintage film as the price for a cartridge has been set at $16. This film will come in black and white and colored varieties.
Old film cartridges are more expensive because they come with a small battery embedded in them. This is because vintage film cameras lacked an internal power source. Polaroid Originals nonetheless announced that it would continue producing film for models such as the Spectra, SX-70, 600, and 8×10 lines as well.
The OneStep 2 is now available for pre-order for all those interested. It will come in white and graphite and will be priced $99.99. Its estimated release date is October 16.
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