The Polaroid OneStep+ is finally in my hands! Not to be confused with the Polaroid OneStep 2, the OneStep+ is the latest in Polaroid’s line that pays homage to the original OneStep camera released in the 70s. As a lover of pretty things and Instagrammable cameras, the OneStep cameras were always a treat to review.
This newest Polaroid Originals camera looks (almost) the same, feels the same, but what’s so different about it? Let’s get to it!
This newest release, dubbed the Polaroid OneStep+, comes in black. Now, it might sound boring but it actually looks pretty classic and fun with the pop of colors from the Polaroid rainbow branding.
It looks as Instagrammable as its predecessor, despite the dark color change. Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it:
Up top is a switch that toggles between normal portrait mode and wider-angled photos. The light indicator for your remaining shots is also up here.
On the back is the on/off switch, a micro-USB port for charging, and the flash button — press and hold as you take the photo so the camera won’t flash.
The viewfinder (which looks tinier) is in the same place, on the left-back side.
I think the biggest and most notable change, though, is the fact that you can now attach this camera to a tripod. Built in at the bottom is a tripod screw thread which means that the OneStep+ can be mounted on a tripod. I guarantee you, this is a recipe for better Polaroids.
Taking a photo with the OneStep+ is the same process as before: Look through the viewfinder and compose the photo, press the shutter (the red button on the side), and the photo automatically prints on film.
The shape of this camera is reminiscent of old-school cameras. Shooting with it can give you those feels, it’s just a different experience compared to shooting with your smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera.
So, yes. The Polaroid OneStep+ still takes (fun) photos or even selfies…
… and prints them on square format Polaroid film. It works with both 600 film and i-Type film which retail from EUR 16 to EUR 20, depending on the type.
But, let’s go back to that photo of me and Chay taking a selfie with the camera. Notice something?
Why is Chay holding her phone in this photo?
No, Chay isn’t overly attached to her phone… it has to do with this camera’s new feature.
You can connect the OneStep+ to your phone via Bluetooth and you’ll be able to control your camera via the Polaroid Originals app.
Pairing is pretty easy, too. After the initial pairing process, the camera will automatically pop up when you open the app which is so convenient! (We all know how having to pair every single time can be annoying. 😅)
So, what can this new app do? Time to try it out!
Once connected, there are six shooting modes you can try on the app.
The most basic: A remote function which allows for your phone to act as a trigger for the camera. This is pretty useful for when you want to be in the photo and there’s no one else to take the picture. Take note, however, that the app only acts as a trigger so you can’t preview the photo on your phone. (See photo 2)
The self-timer is a pretty cool feature, though the previous OneStep cameras had that feature even without the app. (See photos 3 and 4)
The same can be said about the double-exposure function. The Noise trigger is a new one, and it’s the coolest thing ever. Basically, you can trigger the camera shutter by creating any sound of a certain loudness. You can set this up on your phone and even change the sound threshold! (See photo 5)
Also included is light painting and manual modes. As you can see in the samples above (see photos 6, 7, and 8), it takes a while and a lot of ruined film to actually get how to take proper photos with these modes.
Once you learn how to use the OneStep+, it means a lot of cute Polaroids — and we all want that.
When you’re all set with your Polaroids, the app offers an added feature to ensure you can show the world your prints. The scan feature automatically detects your photo, fixes it (crops and tilts it, if needed), and you can post or share away.
It’s not perfect, though. The function can be fidgety when it’s not photo-ready bright, which is most real-life circumstances. It’s usually a trial and error process to get the best-looking scan. Also, for some reason, this works best on iPhones. The Android devices we tested with it always had a harder time scanning the photos.
Nonetheless, it’s still pretty useful and it’s a great integration to the app. I see where this feature can go and I’m hoping that later updates will be able to fix these problems.
Another addition to the app is the Discover feature where you can find tips and tricks, or even photo ideas for your next Polaroid project.
You will never run out of things to try with your camera because of this!
If you want a Polaroid camera in 2018, this is for you. It’s the same new-old camera (get it? 😎), but now made even better.
Although I would’ve loved a remote preview on my phone, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this addition would’ve changed the whole process of taking Polaroids and destroyed the instant camera experience.
Previous cameras have attempted to merge high technology with the concept of instant cameras. But, we have yet to see an execution that utilizes tech in a way that enhances the shooting without destroying the old-school experience. This might be the right step towards that.
Some will argue that a smartphone could outdo what these instant cameras can do. If you’re one of those who believe so, you’re completely missing the point of these throwback cameras. This line is designed for those who want to enjoy Polaroids in 2018 and the Polaroid Originals OneStep+ just offered another way to do so.
Sony ZV-1 Hands-On
Casual shooting made easier!
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.
Nikon offering free photography classes until December 31
Make your holiday 2020 worthwhile!
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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