Alternatives to the Polaroid 600 film

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When Polaroid initially pulled out of the instant camera and film manufacturing market, instant photo enthusiasts were left with obsolete equipment and no alternative that could produce the same ethereal results.

Before discontinuing production, one of the last models made was the Polaroid 600, which was popular for its ease of use. Now, the only original film available for this camera is extremely expensive back stock. Still, there are new options for the Polaroid 600 niche.

Fan project

In order to save a cherished art form, a new company, unrelated to Polaroid, was formed with the mission to build a new future for instant film. The Impossible Project was dedicated to Polaroid products and the artistic images created with them. With the decline in availability of their supplies, the members turned their efforts towards making their own film line to fit classic instant cameras. PX 600 Silver Shade is a black and white film that can be used with Polaroid 600 cameras. It is available in three variations. Some varieties exhibit random flaws in the appearance of the image, which is desirable to some artists. Special care must be taken to ensure the image is preserved after the initial development time has ended. If colour film is preferred, there's a selection of other products. A designer Polaroid 600 kit is also available. It includes a Polaroid One pop up camera with a pack of colour film.

Fujifilm option

If 600 ASA models are not a requirement, Fujifilm offers a point and shoot instant colour film system called "Instax 210." The prints are in a wide format, fine grain, 800 speed film. The camera is equipped with a flash and a close-up lens adaptor is available. Mini versions of the camera produce images measuring about 5 by 7.5 cm (2 by 3 inches). Outside vendors also sell their professional 100 ASA films, which can be used in some previous models manufactured by Fujifilm as well as by other companies, including Polaroid.

Polaroid possibility

Since closing its factory, Polaroid has been working on new products to suit the digital photography market. They have partnered with Zink Technology to offer a digital camera, called "Polaroid PoGo" that can output instant colour prints. A PoGo mini printer is also available for use with other digital cameras or cellular devices. The Polaroid 300 comes with a built-in auto flash and four lighting settings. The prints will have a white border, reminiscent of earlier Polaroid pictures, but are smaller than Polaroid 600 prints.