An icon + more
The Polaroid OneStep+ is every bit like the Polaroid OneStep cameras of previous decades, except it's been recreated for the digital era. In doing so, there are new tools available to photographers through the free Polaroid app.
- Supports Bluetooth
- Includes extra mobile features
- New Portrait mode
- Uses traditional Polaroid film, not Zink Paper
- Film still expensive
- Bulky design
Snap and release
The Polaroid OneStep 2 was the first Polaroid camera in a generation to use traditional Polaroid film. It provides the closest old-school Polaroid experience for photographers. Still, for just a little bit more, you should consider the newer OneStep+.
- Offered in three colors
- Less expensive than the OneStep+
- Easy to use
- Uses traditional Polaroid film
- No smartphone integration
- Uses the same expensive film
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|
|Dimensions||150mm × 111mm × 97mm||150mm x 110mm x 95mm|
|Weight||493 grams||460 grams|
|Power||Rechargeable via USB||Rechargeable via USB|
|Connects to phone via Bluetooth||Yes||No|
|Compatible phone app||Yes||No|
|Manual lighting adjustments||Yes||No|
|Standard lens focal length||103mm||106mm|
|Portrait lens focal length||89mm||None|
|Film||I-Type and 600||I-Type and 600|
|Colors||black and white||black, 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.
Old meets new
Live the authentic Polaroid experience for the first time — or the hundredth — with the Polaroid OneStep+, which also includes fun new features for some 21st century picture-taking. Available in black and white
Less features, similar design
The closest thing to the original
With the Polaroid OneStep 2, you get to experience everything people loved about the older OneStep models without the mobile device integration. For this, you'll pay less. Available in black, white, and blue.
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.
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