Polaroid Integral 600 Series
Polaroid cameras refer to those models which emerged in 1980s and 1990s, and which were cheaper. Also refereed to as the Polaroid 600 series, these models came with integral batteries and used packed films. It was possible to produce prints of the films for only a record 3 minutes at 70°F or 21°C.
The prints carried a white border all round. This film which is rated at 640 in the ISO standards has a size of 79mm or 3.1” square. Over the years, the Polaroid 600 series was capable of producing various films, including the known Notepad and Extreme Polaroid 600, among others. Polaroid 600 series also produced a quality film known as 779.
The type of lenses used in the Polaroid 600 series camera includes the glass and plastic lenses, with latter being most common and having an approximated 4 feet fixed focus. However, it was possible to find some with sonar autofocus. Attached was a simple plastic meniscus which acted like a “close-up” lens. Different marketing territories dictate the different names and stickers, as well as color for the Polaroid 600 series models. Many models were limited to particular cultures while others acted as promotional material for various corporations. The latter are rare today and are part of collectibles today. An example of cultures involved for the Polaroid 600 series models is the Spice Girls.
The following are the models for the Polaroid 600 series;
1. Those having no flash: These include the Polaroid OneStep 600 which had the close-up lens and the Polaroid Amigo 620 with an open lens. The OneStep 600 was the first to appear in markets and was followed by other models. The OneStep 600 came with no close-up adapter and the plastic lens was of fixed focus. It was possible to adjust lighting for pictures through exposure compensation slider controlled by the user.
2. Those models having square-shaped corners: These came with automatic flash and thus were more advanced than the first category discussed above. It used a plastic lens and a slider for exposure control at the front of the camera. The One Step Flash without a close up lens was the basic model. It had many variants, including the Poraloid Spirit Polaroid 600 and Camel among others. The variants which came with close up lens included Polaroid Portfolio and the ADT, among others.
3. Those coming with both a square-shaped corners and autofocus: These were more advanced compared to the pre-described category in that they had a Sonar autofocus. In addition, the disk had a gold color and came with a grille in the front end. The Paraloid Autofocus 660 was available in many names such as Supercolor 670 and Sun or Revenue Autofocus 660, among others. It had a transparent or black color on the body.
4. Those coming with curve-shaped corners: These models had an autofocus and had close-up lens. Some names used for the previously described models were adopted for this category, e.g. for Polaroid One Step. All carried an exposure compensation slider. Several names including Polaroid Spirit CL and Tomy Kodomo, among others were adopted for the camera model.
5. Impulse series: In addition to carrying a 116 mm f/9 aperture, the model managed a 4-feet focus and had plastic lens. Some models had the ‘Sonar’ autofocus and some a close-up adaptor. In this categories were also multiple colored devices such as Polaroid Impulse and the Impulse AF.
6. Modern Models: These types carried an autofocus, use a flash and close-up adaptor. They have a round top when open or closed. They include the Polaroid 600, which came in many colors and having a hand grip on the left hand. The latter had several names including Polaroid Cam and Polaroid 600 Extreme.
7. One600 Models: These models are sleek in nature and are the final versions of the Polaroid 600 series. They manage a 3-feet focus and use a flash which can be turned on or off manually. The lens is 100 mm and there is a Self-timer. They include the Polaroid One and the One600 classic, both of different colors.
8. Professional SLR: The type uses an electronic flash while the developed version of the Polaroid SLR 680 uses a microcontroller circuitry in place of analogue. The latest version is called the Polaroid 690.
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