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In a world dominated by digital imagery, Polaroid has reigned as the iconic symbol of instant photography. Now, the legendary company takes a bold step forward with the Polaroid I-2, a delightful fusion of vintage charm and contemporary innovation, capturing the essence of a bygone era while offering users a taste of the future.
Though the end result is an instant image, this camera is a far from a disposable camera. The feature list on the all-new Polaroid I-2 is impressive—and it comes with a sizable $600 price tag, too. With its sharp 98mm f/8 lens, manual controls, and LiDAR-powered autofocus, it's designed for advanced users. Best of all, Polaroid I-2 is compatible with all Polaroid film types, including i-Type, 600, and SX-70 film.
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For the premium price, you get Polaroid's fastest-ever lens at 98mm f/8, roughly equivalent to a 38mm full-frame field of view, suitable for various photography styles, surpassing many Polaroid cameras that max out at f/11 or f/16. Interestingly, the lens is made from acrylic and polycarbonate, not glass, yet Polaroid claims this doesn't significantly affect image quality, keeping costs reasonable. The lens's design even involved retired Olympus engineers, presenting the I-2 as a tribute to classic instant cameras of the past.
Moreover, the I-2 features a large, illuminated optical viewfinder, offering integrated camera settings and six shooting modes, including automatic, shutter speed priority, aperture priority, and full manual mode. These features make the Polaroid I-2 a valuable tool for serious instant photography, suitable for creative pursuits and behind-the-scenes captures both in the field and at home. While these specs are intriguing, we have yet to put them to the test.
Though its $600 price—not to mention the cost of Polaroid film landing at over $2 per image—may limit the I-2's practical appeal to the most dedicated and experienced Polaroid aficionados, the eye-catching blend of nostalgia and modern design can be appreciated by all. Does the I-2 secure Polaroid's legacy in the digital era? Only time will tell. For now, it's a good start.