Even with the popularity of digital cameras today, the characteristics of Polaroid cameras still make it difficult for many people to resist. Although Fuji has occupied the instant camera market with the Instax series, many senior photographers still believe that Polaroid is the most classic Polaroid camera, such as the SX-70 series folding machine, 680/690. This kind of antique machine has long become a treasure of camera collectors. Do you know which models of cameras and different picture sizes are currently available in Polaroid?
Original Polaroid integral film and the current Polaroid integral film are identical in their size and dimensions. The picture size is one of the decisive criteria when buying an instant camera. To avoid any nasty surprises after purchasing your camera, the desired image format for an instant camera is also a question of price. Depending on the film, the cost per photo varies between 0.60 and 2.60 bucks.
Polaroid cameras are very classic in shape design and often appear in various film and television works. Every photography enthusiast has different needs for Polaroids. As long as you understand the differences between each camera model, you can determine which camera is your best choice. You will find information on the picture sizes and formats of the best Polaroids in the following article.
Polaroid Picture Size GuidePolaroid is the ancestor of the instant camera. It declared bankruptcy in 2001 and opened a new chapter until it was acquired in 2017. The first Polaroid (instant camera) was produced in 1947. It inspired countless artists in the following 70 years and formed a popular culture trend that swept the world. In the 1970s, the revolutionary SX-70 and the OneStep rainbow camera appeared, and their popularity was no less than that of today's Apple products.
Polaroid Camera Models
600 is the most common film type for vintage cameras and works with Polaroid's popular 600 series of cameras. The majority of cameras will have a number in the 600-series in their name (e.g., Sun 660, LM630, SLR 680, Impulse, Impulse AF, and so on). You can always spot 600 films from its blue packaging. 600 film is also compatible with Polaroid i-Type cameras. Polaroid created i-Type film exclusively for use with new Polaroid cameras. It means that i-Type film will not work with vintage Polaroid cameras.
- Polaroid Go is the latest and smallest Polaroid camera, easy to use, and very portable. If you want to create memories with your friends, this is the perfect camera. Although its design is relatively modern, its concept has always been consistent with Polaroid's iconic Polaroid One Step in 1977.
- Polaroid Now is a classic Polaroid rainbow camera that combines ease of use and creativity while staying true to the iconic elements of the original OneStep (1977). The camera has a dual-lens focusing system that supports double exposure and timed selfies. Precise exposure control allows the subject and background to be shot clearly. Use a rechargeable lithium battery.
- Polaroid OneStep 2 camera was launched on the 80th anniversary of Polaroid, and with this, it returned to the world of classic instant imaging film photography. Polaroid Onestep 2, like the OneStep launched in 1977, is positioned as a simple and easy-to-use Polaroid camera but has a powerful built-in flash and rechargeable battery.
- OneStep+ is the best Polaroid camera currently offered by Polaroid. It has the same ease of use, reliability, long-lasting battery, and flash as OneStep 2 but adds many new features and innovations. With the creative shooting mode in the Polaroid app, you can use simulated instant photography to do more work than ever before, including a full manual mode.
- The Polaroid 600 series was first released in 1981, which is the best camera that most people think of when they hear the word "Polaroid." Its square design makes them a symbol of popular culture.
- The Polaroid SX-70 camera was released in 1972. It was the world's first foldable SLR instant camera. SX-70 cameras operate slightly differently from other Polaroid instant cameras, so they need their film. If you want to use a special edition 600 film in your SX-70 camera, you can do so with a Neutral Density Filter.
Polaroid Picture Size Chart
|Polaroid Camera Models||Polaroid Film||Film Size (in)||Film Size (cm)||Imge Size (cm)|
|Polaroid Go||Only compatible with Polaroid Go film||2.6 x 2.1 in||66.6 mm x 53.9 mm|
|Polaroid Now||Compatible with all i-Type films and 600 film||4.2 x 3.5 in||10.8 x 8.8 cm||7.8 x 7.68 cm|
|Polaroid OneStep 2||Compatible with all i-Type films and 600 film||4.2 x 3.5 in||10.8 x 8.8 cm||7.8 x 7.68 cm|
|Polaroid OneStep+||Compatible with all i-Type films and 600 film||4.2 x 3.5 in||10.8 x 8.8 cm||7.8 x 7.68 cm|
|Polaroid 600||Compatible with 600 film cartridges||4.2 x 3.5 in||10.8 x 8.8 cm||7.8 x 7.68 cm|
|Polaroid SX-70||Compatible with SX-70 film||4.2 x 3.5 in||10.8 x 8.8 cm||7.8 x 7.68 cm|
Polaroid SX-70, 600, and i-Type film measure exactly 3.1 × 3.1 inches (photo area) and 4.2 x 3.5 inches (total area). That's 7.8 x 7.68 cm (photo area) and 10.8 x 8.8 cm (total area). Polaroid Round Frame has the same total area but a photo area diameter of 3.0 inches or 7.7 cm.
Polaroid Go film is the tiniest Polaroid film format and it measures exactly 2.6 x 2.1 inches (66.6 mm x 53.9 mm) while the photo area is 1.8 x 1.8 inches (47 mm x 47 mm).
|Camera||Picture wihtout border (height x width)||Picture with border (height x width)||Format (picture without border)|
|Polaroid Now||3.1 x 3.1 inches||4.2 x 3.5 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid OneStep2||3.1 x 3.1 inches||4.2 x 3.5 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid OneStep+||3.1 x 3.1 inches||4.2 x 3.5 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid SX-700||3.1 x 3.1 inches||4.2 x 3.5 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid GO||1.8 x 1.8 inches||2.6 x 2.1 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid 600||3.1 x 3.1 inches||4.2 x 3.5 inches||1:1|
|Polaroid Image/Spectra Camera - Full switch||2.9 x 3.6 inches||4 x 4 inches||approx. 2:3|
|Polaroid Image/Spectra Camera - One switch||2.9 x 3.6 inches||4 x 4 inches||approx. 2:3|
If people disregard more exotic formats such as Polaroid's 8 x 10 large format, most people understand "large pictures" to mean in 1:1 size. Both Polaroid (i-Type, 600, SX-70 films) and Fujifilm (Instax Square) offer this size, though the Instax Square format provides a slightly smaller image with 2.4 x 2.4 inches, Polaroid offers 3.1 x 3.1 inches.
Guidelines for using Polaroid Picture
- The best temperature for Polaroid film is 13-28 degrees.
- If you need to store it for a long time, please put it in the refrigerator. The storage temperature is 4-18 degrees.
- The Polaroid film taken out of the fridge should be placed at room temperature for at least 1 hour before use.
- Polaroid film used in an environment below 13 degrees will be an excessive explosion, reduced contrast, and bluish and blueish colors.
- Polaroid film used in an environment higher than 28 degrees color will appear reddish and yellowish colors.
Use and storage
- Polaroid film is best used within 12 months of the production date.
- Keep the camera's roller clean.
- When the photo paper spits out from the camera, use a frog tongue and other light-proof accessories to avoid light as much as possible.
- Do not save the photo in the album immediately after the Polaroid film is exposed. Wait for the picture to dry completely and stop the chemical reaction.
- After 30 days of exposure, the Polaroid picture can be stored in a photo album and should protect from light and kept dry.
With nostalgia and a desire for physical prints, a flurry of new cameras has hit the market since 2013. The name Polaroid is synonymous with instant print cameras. The company may have had a hard time over recent years, but they were back in 2017. The above is the relevant information about the Polaroid picture. Knowing the differences between those camera models will help you to choose the suitable film for your camera.