This is the iconic Polaroid SX-70 OneStep camera that helped to inspire Instagram. In fact, Instagrams App logo is a direct play on this vintage camera.
This little camera is both highly collectible and usable. It was one of the first instant film cameras designed and produced by Polaroid in their now highly familiar box type format. It was first released in the mid 1970s.
The camera shoots original Polaroid SX-70 integrated instant film as well as compatible film now being manufactured by the good folks at The Impossible Project (TIP). The pictures produced are all one of a kind, vintage style, self-developing photos in the classic square format with the white border that everyone immediately knows as a Polaroid.
SX-70 was the original Polaroid integrated instant film format, and precursor to Polaroid 600 film. It was considered a groundbreaking achievement in its day. The more modern Polaroid 600 film is the most popular instant film format of all time. SX-70 and 600 film formats are identical in all regards accept for their light sensitivity. SX-70 film is roughly 125 ASA, while 600 films is roughly 680 ASA. It is even possible to use 600 format film in SX-70 cameras in combination with a neutral density (ND) filter.
PLEASE NOTE this camera does NOT include a built-in flash. A flash is an absolute necessity when taking indoor photos with this camera and film format. Without a flash, indoor photos will come out very dark and/or blurry.
Old disposable flash bars and vintage battery-powered flash units are also available. TIP themselves have also released a highly efficient brand new flash unit that is optimized for their film. The TIP flashbar is available for order via their website. Please keep in mind that these items are nearly 40 years old, and will show signs of prior use. Common wear to the camera includes, but is not limited to, wear to the silver paint around the lens and shutter button and scratches, chips, and swirl marks on the body of the camera. These are not new items, and should not be expected to look as new.
FUNCTIONALITY The camera has been inspected, cleaned, lubricated, and tested for functionality. The camera is working well.
After an initial test for functionality, the camera received a thorough internal and external cleaning, and lubrication of moving parts. The camera was then more fully tested using a film pack with working battery and loaded with a few previously exposed photos. The camera successfully loaded the film pack and ejected the cover slide. Pushing the red shutter button successfully fired a shot, ejected the photo through the rollers, and advanced everything for the next shot without issue. Mechanically, the camera passed all of my testing.
I attached an external battery-powered electronic flash unit (not included) to the flash shoe to test the connection. The camera properly triggered the external flash unit.