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Polaroid OneStep 2 vs Polaroid OneStep+: Which camera should you buy?

Polaroid OneStep+
Polaroid OneStep+ (Image credit: Polaroid)

Both of these great instant cameras are surprisingly similar in both their design and what they can do. The newer OneStep+ is an upgrade of the OneStep 2, so it has more features, including Bluetooth, which unlocks additional features through the free Polaroid app for iOS and Android.

Polaroid OneStep 2 vs OneStep+

Both OneStep 2 and OneStep+ are designed to look and act like Polaroid OneStep cameras from the 1970s and 1980s. On both models, you snap the red shutter button, and within seconds, your film begins developing like magic.

Polaroid OneStep+Polaroid OneStep 2
Release20172018
Cost$140$100
Dimensions150mm × 111mm × 97mm150mm x 110mm x 95mm
Weight493 grams460 grams
Battery1100mAh1100mAh
PowerRechargeable via USBRechargeable via USB
Connects to phone via BluetoothYesNo
Compatible phone appYesNo
FlashYesYes
Self-timerYesNo
Manual lighting adjustmentsYesNo
Standard lens focal length103mm106mm
Portrait lens focal length89mmNone
FilmI-Type and 600I-Type and 600
Colorsblack and whiteblack, white, and blue

Both cameras use a rechargeable battery and flash. They are also two of only three Polaroid cameras currently on the market that use traditional Polaroid film. Other available cameras, including the Polaroid Snap and Polaroid Pop, aren't made by Polaroid, and therefore don't use the conventional Polaroid film of yesteryear. Instead, they support Zink Paper, which offers a different instant printing process.

The newer OneStep+ is slightly larger (and heavier) than the older model, but these differences aren't noticeable when you see both cameras side-by-side. The OneStep+ camera is the only one that offers a Portrait mode that allows you to take photos from as close as 12 inches (89mm). Additionally, when using the free Polaroid app (opens in new tab), the OneStep+ offers extra tools such as a remote trigger, self-timer, double exposure mode, the ability to add digital light paint to any image, noise trigger, and manual mode.

For just a little bit more money, we recommend the Polaroid OneStep+. With this camera, you gain access to the Polaroid app and all it can do. The newer camera also includes a useful Portrait mode that's missing on the older camera.

For the budget-minded who want to duplicate the traditional Polaroid experience, the Polaroid OneStep 2 is worth considering. It's a recreation of the original OneStep cameras with the bonus of charging via Micro-USB. Plus, it's the only one available in blue.

Bryan M Wolfe
Bryan M Wolfe

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.