Polaroid OneStep Plus Camera Review

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Right now, it seems like everything that can making us feel like we’re in another decade – probably to get out of this awful decade – is all the rage. Record players are back, retro cars are back, and hell, even vintage fashion is back. Polaroid, one of the most retro brands out there, decided to get in on the action, and it absolutely killed it. Polaroid Originals recently launched a line of throwback cameras with contemporary conveniences to bridge the ages, making the dreams of some movie photographers come true. Here’s why the new Polaroid OneStep Plus is the perfect throwback tool for creating modern memories.

The design of the OneStep Plus is perfectly retro, with many new features.

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The design is classic and cool.

The best thing about the OneStep Plus is that it has high-tech capabilities while retaining the retro appeal of an instant camera, with its classic shape, simplistic colors and that rainbow design detail. between. It’s not one of those gadgets you stash in your gear closet or some random drawer when you’re not out on a photo walk or hosting a party. You will display it prominently, as well as the photographs. Polaroid also released a ton of gorgeous foil styles for the OneStep Plus, including traditional color and black and white foils, but also more exotic foil options, like a blue shaded pack, vivid color pack, a stranger things-theme pack, and more to enable truly stunning results.

To buy $127, amazon.com

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The depth of field switch lets you shoot in both landscape and portrait mode.

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It gives you plenty of photo taking options.

The Polaroid OneStep Plus is packed with features – zoom, self-timer, flash – which is especially surprising given the price. It has automatic and manual modes. It has a switch for depth of field, which means you can get stellar portrait or landscape shots. It also has a set of LED lights that show you how much film and battery power you have left, a small feature that is still extremely useful during long photo shoots. Buttons and modes are all easy to use, with a user-friendly diagram in the package to teach you how to use all buttons and modes. The technology doesn’t overpower the feel of an original Polaroid point-and-shoot, but expands your options when you really want to get creative with it.

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The OneStep Plus uses new Polaroid film that still retains that classic vibe.

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The accompanying app has even more features for enthusiasts and benefits.

The OneStep Plus can be connected via Bluetooth to the game-changing Polaroid app. The app allows for a lot more customization than the still very good features built into the camera. Through the app, you can manually change settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This means serious photographers can customize their shots, much like they would on a mirrorless or DSLR camera. But fear not, casual photographers. The app has a lot for you too. There’s a noise sensor so you can snap a shot when you clap, plus a standard timer to give everyone time to take the shot. The app even has double exposure and light painting modes, so you can take some really cool gallery-level photos on regular Polaroid film. And it is friendly. It will take you longer to get the camera out of your bag than to program the settings you need on the app.

Polaroid also recently launched the OneStep 2 (the white and blue camera pictured above), which is great for people who really like the design of the OneStep Plus but don’t care about most of those features. The more basic OneStep 2 is about $40 cheaper and still delivers fantastic Polaroid fun, with all that nostalgia built in.

Buy OneStep Plus $127, amazon.com

Buy OneStep 2 $86, amazon.com

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