Polaroid instant cameras are finally back in town. The new Polaroid PIC-300 is the first instant camera to be introduced since the old Polaroid died and was born anew (recall, however, that we were teased with the Polaroid PIC-1000 mockups back at CES 2010). The Polaroid PIC-300 is a consumer-oriented camera that uses the aptly-named Polaroid 300 Instant Film. However, all this comes at a price.
While the camera will only set you back about $90, the film will suck you dry at $10 for a 10-pack. That’s $1 per exposure folks.
Ah, yes, now I recall why Polaroid died.
The Polaroid 300 format is also smaller than the traditional Polaroid sizes from back in the day. Instead, you get Fuji Instax Mini sizes – about the same size print as a business card.
No doubt that there’s a fun factor to the new Polaroid PIC-300; however, you’ll have to be committed to your nostalgic ideals to jump on this bandwagon. The Polaroid PIC-300 gives new meaning to the expression “make every frame count.”
Updated: It’s also available from Amazon.com here.
Full details on the rebirth of Polaroid instant cameras in the press release below. [Read more…]
The Fuji Instax Mini 7S instant camera is becoming available in the US. The Instax cameras have been available overseas for many years. While the professional market has had the Instax 200 instant camera since last year, consumers have been without many options in the instant film department, particularly since Polaroids have dried up.
The Instax Mini 7S uses ISO 800 speed film and produces a 2″ x 3″ instant print. It should be available September 2009 at an initial retail price of $95.99, while the film will retail for $19.99 for a 10-pack. Check availability on Amazon.com.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]