Film photographers and instant photography fans, rejoice! With the introduction of the new Polaroid I-2, we now have the first analog instant camera with built-in manual controls and the sharpest-ever Polaroid lens. That easily means a couple of things. Either it’s a great opportunity to try shooting with instant cameras, or it’s time to take your instant photography to the next creative level.
To enlighten both the familiar and the uninitiated, Kai Wong recently shared his thoughts on the new Polaroid I-2. In the video above, he starts with a brief rundown of some notable previous models and how they compare with the latest (and greatest, so far). Then, he took to the streets of Japan to put the camera through its paces.
He also mentioned some key features that make the I-2 exciting. The most noteworthy of these is the advanced autofocus, thanks to the lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor. Add to this a sleek, modern design and manual controls (sans manual focus) and you have the most advanced Polaroid camera to date.
However, all the new bells and whistles and advanced capabilities come at a steep price — $599.99. Still, as Kai Wong also said, the price point may not be as bad when you take into consideration the other comparable instant cameras in the market, like the MiNT refurbished SX70 and SLR 670.
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