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Polaroid OneStep 2 review: The ultimate throwback camera

Bringing back what’s classic

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When the Polaroid OneStep 2 debuted, I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that it was one pretty camera so logically I was instantly drawn to it. (I like beautiful things and quirky cameras.) I previously reviewed the Fujifilm Instax SQ10 and the Polaroid SnapTouch so I was quite curious as to what this classic brand had to offer.

Background

The OneStep 2 is the brainchild of Polaroid Originals. It’s technically that same iconic camera brand but also, it’s technically different. Let me explain.

Throughout the years, Polaroid has made itself known for its cameras — hence the reference in that OutKast song and the reason why Instagram’s very first logo was influenced by a Polaroid camera.

The rise of digital photography, however, wasn’t the best development (pun intended) for a classic camera manufacturer and pretty soon, Polaroid was going out of business — until a startup called Impossible Project swooped in.

Impossible Project was no stranger to the Polaroid brand. It was the same company that kept the film manufacturing process alive when Polaroid announced that they would cease doing so. In 2017, Impossible Project’s main shareholder purchased the Polaroid brand and intellectual property giving birth to Polaroid Originals.

Now, enough of this history lesson and on to the actual camera.

Picture perfect

If you think the OneStep 2 looks familiar, you’re right… and you’re also probably old.

The OneStep 2 is the successor to Polaroid’s original OneStep camera manufactured in the 1970s — one of America’s bestselling ones at the time.

The resemblance is uncanny: The Polaroid OneStep and the Polaroid OneStep 2

Just like the OneStep, the OneStep 2 is an analog camera. Only, there’s a 21st-century twist — namely a lithium-ion battery with a micro-USB port for charging. There are no frills or special functions on this camera, just pure old-school goodness.

Setting up

The camera is pretty straightforward. The big red button up front is the shutter button, there’s a timer switch on the left of the lens and finally, there’s a yellow lighten/darken switch which allows you to adjust photo exposure. On the back of the camera, there’s an on and off switch, a flash override button, and the micro-USB port for charging.

The Polaroid OneStep 2 side by side with a film cartridge

Before anything else, you’re going to need a pack of film. The OneStep 2 uses i-Type film which come in cartridges that house eight shots each.

To load the film, slide the cartridge into the camera. That tiny latch up front opens the film door. It may sound complicated but it isn’t as hard after the first try.

Ready, set, shoot!

The OneStep 2, true to its analog roots, only has a no-frills viewfinder. This can make picture taking pretty tricky; you need just the right angle to take a perfectly framed photo. It also doesn’t help that said angle entails half of your made-up face to be on the back of the camera. (Que horror!)

Press and hold the red button to take a photo and the image will immediately print. There’s no option to edit or save. All you really do after you press the shutter is hope you framed your photo right.

The film comes out of the camera’s front, and now you sit and wait. It takes a few minutes for the photo to develop.

But all that considered, photo taking on this thing is still very fun — that is, if you don’t run out of film. Eight shots is not a lot when you’re still fumbling with a camera that prints each picture automatically. These lights will tell you how much film you have left.

Verdict

Without knowing what the OneStep 2 can do, I am immediately drawn to it. I mean, look at it! It’s so Instagrammable, we probably took more photos of it than from it.

However, if you’re looking for a shooter that will give you the clearest instant print, it won’t be this camera. There’s a certain learning curve on this thing and it takes a while to perfect taking photos — in our case, more than a pack’s worth of film.

Not the most perfect prints but memories nonetheless

I have to be completely honest, though: I enjoyed playing with this camera a lot. There’s just something about instant cameras that make them all so appealing to me.

Now, some might argue that an instant camera launched in this decade should, at least, have more functions. This is what other brands have done in an effort to evolve. But, to apply that standard to the OneStep 2 is completely missing the point. This camera release relives the simple times and takes us back to the nostalgic glory of the Polaroid OneStep. It reminds us of the sentimentality that old-school photography used to have and allows us to experience the same.

The Polaroid OneStep 2 retails for PhP 8,990 in the Philippines and US$ 100 in the US. The film costs PhP 1,490 per pack of eight in the Philippines, and US$ 16 for the same in the US.

SEE ALSO: Fujifilm Instax SQ10 review

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Sony ZV-1 Hands-On

Casual shooting made easier!

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Sony reimagines point-and-shoot cameras with its digital camera, ZV-1. Built to capture picture-perfect moments, the Sony ZV-1 houses a lot of exceptionally smart features.

With intelligent autofocus, flawless fast-tracking, and world-class optical stabilization, shooting videos are a lot uncomplicated. Additionally, you can switch to a bokeh mode with just a single touch, and enjoy a haggard-free face with its built-in beauty mode. Moreover, its screen flips, swivels, and rotates.

Certainly, the Sony ZV-1 is the perfect companion for all your casual shooting needs. It surely made casual shooting fun and easier.

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Nikon offering free photography classes until December 31

Make your holiday 2020 worthwhile!

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Photo by Kuk Thew

The holidays are here but we’re definitely staying at home for the season thanks to the coronavirus. Thankfully, we don’t have to bore ourselves out for there are many indoor activities worth our time. One of them is photography classes by Nikon, which is free to access until December 31.

You don’t need to have a Nikon camera to access the photography classes. A few of them may need exclusive Nikon gear though. But in general, all of them only need the essential gear like a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. You only need to sign up with your name and email address to get started.

So, what can you expect from these free photography classes? Nikon has prepared hundreds of videos featuring experts from the field which will give you tips and advice on making great photos. All the videos cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from basic skills to advanced topics for budding professional photographers.

There is even a special class for taking great photos for the holidays so you end with memorable mementos this 2020 even if you wish to forget that this year really existed. Overall, the classes are really worth taking especially if you brought a new camera gear this or aimed to improve your photography skill at the last minute.

To sign up for the classes, you simply have to sign up with your name and email address. After the free offering expires on December 31, you may need to pay for access to the photography classes. These classes come at US$ 15 to US$ 100, so you’re saving a lot if you grab the free offer from Nikon today.

Source: The Verge

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Homam 64GB: Home Camera Like No Other!

Night vision, built-in storage, no monthly fees, and more

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In a tech world full of start-ups, there’s always those who strive hard to stand out — Zorachka is one among those brands.

Usual home cameras serve their purpose of surveillance. Well, the Homam 64GB does that too. But with its built-in storage and a clear imaging sensor, expect countless of memories whether day or night. Best of all? Hideous monthly fees aren’t present with the Homam 64GB.

Know more about this amazing Homam home camera by clicking this link here.

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