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Buy a Polaroid Instant Camera | Toys for Casual Snapshot Photography

Updated on April 6, 2013

Polaroid is best known for developing instant cameras. Instant cameras came about by addressing a simple problem in photography - after taking a picture, why can't i see it now? Hence, the world's 1st commercial instant camera, the Land camera, was unveiled by Polaroid Corporation in 1947.

With the challenge from digital cameras in recent times where the photos taken can be instantly reviewed on the screen, instant cameras have become a niche market. In response, there is a new class of digital instant cameras developed - think a digital camera with a mini printer attached.

Unlike digital shots which may lie in the the hard disk forgotten, the appeal of instant photography still lies with instant gratification of the captured moment in physical print.

Polaroid i-Zone 200 Mini Instant Camera (OLD MODEL)
Polaroid i-Zone 200 Mini Instant Camera (OLD MODEL)

Polaroid's most portable instant camera. Decorate your locker, your shoes, or just about anything. Automatic focus and flash. Powered by 2 AAA batteries; uses I-Zone 200 film


The Instant Film

Instant cameras differ from mainstream cameras with the type of film used. There are 3 types of film used across the range of Polaroid cameras.

Roll film: Early cameras used instant roll film (discontinued in 1992) which has two separate negative and positive rolls. The film is developed inside the camera.

Pack Film: Pack film which requires the the photographer to pull the film out of the camera and peel apart the positive from the negative. The film is developed outside the camera. Pack film has 2 formats, the 100 series (rectangular) and the 80 series (square).

Integral Film: Integral film is similar to pack film but each photo developed automatically once the shot is taken. There are a few types of integral film used by the various cameras which mainly differ in the size of the exposure. The following are the more common types of film used.

  • SX-70 film - 3.1 x 3.1 inch (Square format)
  • 600 series film - 3.1 x 3.1 inch (Square format)
  • Spectra film - 3.6 x 2.9 inch (Rectangular format)
  • 500 series film (for Captiva and Joycam) - 4.4 x 2.5 inch
  • izone film - 1.5 x 1 inch
  • mio film - 2.13 x 3.4 inch

Other Toy Cameras

There are other toy cameras on the market that produces totally unexpected and delightful effects. Rediscover the joy of snapshot photography today!


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