How to Fix Polaroid Cameras

Updated April 17, 2017

Instant Polaroid cameras began in 1929 when Edwin Land decided to polarise light without a large crystal made of esoteric material. Synthetic polarising material was born, and eventually Kodak purchased the polarised substance for camera film. The first Polaroid stereoscopic motion picture showed at the World's Fair in 1939, and still today Polaroid camera produce quality pictures.

If No Film Ejects

First try pressing the shutter button. If the cover does not immediately eject, then remove the film backing, then reinsert it. If still no film ejects, you may have a dead battery, which needs replacing. Remove the battery pack, and insert a new battery.

No Film After Shooting

Check the picture counter, as the film pack may be empty, then look to the FlashBar. If your flash bulb is out, then you may need to replace the bulb, which you can find at most local hobby photography stores. In dim light, remove the film pack out until the shutter button clicks forward, then return the pack and close the film door. If this does not work, then perhaps you need a new film pack for your Polaroid camera.

Partially Ejected Film

Release the film shade so that it snaps back. Without opening the door, pull the cover or film out of the camera. If the camera still does not work properly, remove the film back, and insert a new film pack.

Blurred or Blank Images

Be sure to set the distance accurately if you need to on your Polaroid camera. Hold the camera steady to prevent blurry photos. If the film turns up partially or fully blank, the film pack may be damaged. If the film leaka inside the camera, you must clean the rollers. Use a finger to rotate each roller, and remove any specks of dirt or chemicals with a lint-free cloth moistened with water.

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