Watch the below video explaining film formats:
Alternatively you can download our visual compatibility chart, below:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS…
If you’re having trouble with your Polaroid OneStep 2 – like finding that your subject isn’t as centered as you thought, or that the photo hasn’t come out quite as it looked through the viewfinder, here’s some guidelines on how to get the best results.
Note that this article is specifically for the OneStep 2 without a viewfinder (as pictured below).
There are two main things to look out for when framing a photo with the OneStep 2: (i) holding the camera properly, and (ii) accounting for parallax (the difference between the position of an object as it appears to you, and as it appears through the camera’s lens).
Make sure you are holding the camera so it is parallel to the floor, i.e. don’t tilt it side-to-side or front-to-back.
Camera is level
Eye is 5 cm from viewfinder
Camera is tilted upwards
Eye is too close to viewfinder
An easy trick to ensure that you are holding the camera parallel to the ground is to start by holding it one foot away from your eye, then slowly draw it towards your eye, keeping the camera level…
|The back of the camera body should rest on your cheek, with 2″ (5 cm) between your eye and the viewfinder.|
The OneStep 2 uses a traditional viewfinder located slightly above and to the right of the camera’s lens. This means that what you see through the viewfinder is from a different perspective than what the lens is seeing. As a result, you’ll need to adjust your aim to compose your shot correctly.
This is especially true when shooting subjects that are closer than 4 feet (1.2 meters) away, such as portraits. When taking a photo of something close-up, it’s a good rule of thumb to adjust your aim slightly downwards and to the right. Again: line up your shot, and then adjust by aiming a little downwards and a little to the right.
Try this quick experiment at home:
This issue of perspective is commonly called “parallax”, and can be easily recreated at home to help you better understand this concept. Start by holding out your index finger 2 inches (5 cm) away from your face. Close one eye at a time, and pay attention to your finger. You should notice your finger “shifting” position depending on which eye you’re looking with, as each eye is in a slightly different position when looking at your finger. The same thing is happening with your camera’s viewfinder and lens.
Sometimes excess developer paste from photos may build up on the camera’s rollers, affecting the camera’s performance and causing photos to show unwanted imperfections. The OneStep 2 has a built-in roller cleaning mode to help with this issue.
Take a peek at the video below or just follow the step by step instructions.
The newly-released OneStep 2 Viewfinder is an update to the OneStep 2 which improves on the camera’s original design with a new and improved viewfinder barrel. This updated viewfinder model, designed based on user feedback and testing, makes aiming and framing with the camera a more intuitive experience.
The rest of the camera is identical to the original OneStep 2 which was released in September 2017 – same camera, just with a longer viewfinder barrel, so if you’re thinking of upgrading for the latest and greatest, keep that in mind.
If you have the first version of the OneStep 2 and are struggling to create well composed photos, we’ve got an article that will help you out here: Aiming and Framing with the OneStep 2.
Here’s how to take your first photos with the Polaroid OneStep 2. You can follow along with the video below or check out the detailed instructions below.
To turn the camera on, slide the power switch into the ON position (down). The flash charging LED on the back panel will start blinking to charge the flash, and the remaining film counter on the top of the camera will light up to indicate that the camera is switched on. To turn the camera off again, return the power switch to the OFF position.
Slide the film door latch to open the film door. Push the film cassette all the way in, with the film’s darkslide facing up.
Note: Please check individual film packaging for development time, handling and storage details.
When you close the film door, the darkslide will eject from the camera automatically, underneath the film shield. The plastic film shield is designed to protect images from light as they develop — it should not be removed. Take the darkslide out from under the film shield and let the film shield roll back up. If the darkslide has not ejected, remove the film pack and re-insert it, making sure it is pushed all the way to the back of the camera.
Flash: The camera flash will trigger by default when you shoot with the OneStep 2. To shoot with out the flash, press and hold the flash override button on the back panel as you press the shutter button.
Warning: Shooting without flash will reduce camera performance and picture quality in most lighting situations except brightly-lit, sunny environments. We recommend always shooting with flash.
Lighten/Darken: Use the lighten/darken switch on the right side of the lens barrel to adjust the exposure of your shot. To get a brighter photo, move the lighten/darken switch right to the plus/lighten position. For a darker photo, move the lighten/darken switch left to the minus/darken position. These two settings correspond to different Exposure Values (EV). The camera’s Exposure Values are +½ EV (when you move the switch to plus/lighten) and -½ EV (when you move the switch to minus/darken).
The OneStep 2 uses a traditional view finder located on the right side of the lens barrel. The viewfinder is most accurate when you align your right eye with the space behind the viewfinder, resting your cheek on the slope of the camera body.
Note: Remember that the viewfinder sits slightly above and to the right of the camera’s lens — above and to the left from your perspective when shooting — so you will need to adjust your aim to compose your shot correctly when shooting at distances of 1.2 meters or less. Learn more about aiming and framing with the OneStep 2 in this article.
To avoid a blurry photo, make sure you are at least 60cm (2 feet) away from your subject when you take the picture. For the best results, always try to shoot with your light source behind you.
Press the shutter button all the way in to take the photo. The photo will be ejected from the slot at the front of the camera as soon as you let go of the shutter button. It will be shielded from the light by the film shield, and will be held in place until you are ready to remove it.
Remove the photo from beneath the film shield and let the film shield roll back into the camera. Place the photo face down to continue shielding it from light as it develops.
Unsure exactly which camera model you’re holding in your hands?
We’ve launched a handful of new cameras in the past couple of years, so we don’t blame you if you weren’t able to keep up. Besides examining the camera, or reading the model name, the easiest way to know which model of camera you have is to open the film door and read the serial number.
The serial number can be found on a sticker inside the film door, underneath the bar code. The first four numbers tell you which camera model you have, as per the table below:
9018 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Coral Camera
9017 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Stranger Things Edition Camera
9016 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Summer Blues Camera
9015 – Polaroid Originals OneStep+ White
9010 – Polaroid Originals OneStep+ Black
9009 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Viewfinder (graphite)
9008 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Viewfinder (white)
9007 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 Viewfinder (mint)
9003 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 (white)
9002 – Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 (graphite)
9001 – Impossible I-1
The OneStep+ has everything that the OneStep 2 camera has, plus more features. The OneStep+ is still a great point-and-shoot camera but with the potential for greater creativity and experimentation.
The two main differences are that the OneStep+ has two lenses. That means you have a Portrait lens, allowing you to get closer to your subject and create sharp macro photography with a minimum focus distance of just 30cm.
The second big difference is that the OneStep+ connects with your smartphone (via the Polaroid Originals app) unlocking a world of creative possibilities for your instant photography.
Connect your OneStep+ to the Polaroid Originals app to access 6 new creative modes: