While both of these cameras come from Polaroid, they're aimed for two different groups of people. If you want to try your hand at the old style Polaroids like your grandparents, then the OneStep 2 is the way to go. If you prefer to have a Polaroid with modern capabilities, then you should try the Pop.
Let's break it down
Depending on what you're looking for in an instant camera, both the Polaroid Pop and OneStep 2 are good choices in their respective categories.
|Polaroid Pop||Polaroid OneStep 2|
|Dimensions||6 x 4 x 1 in||6.7 x 4.72 x 4.72 in|
|Design||Bulky, thick, rounded square||Original Polaroid OneStep|
|Battery||Lithium-ion up to 50 prints||Rechargeable via Micro-USB, lasts 60 days|
|Megapixels or lens||20MP||106mm lens|
|Video recording||1080p HD||None|
|Digital copies||Yes with microSD up to 128GB||No|
|Film||3.5x4.25" inch ZINK paper||i-Type or 600 Film|
|Manual lighting adjustments||Yes||No|
With the Polaroid Pop, you're getting a 20MP digital camera that's able to record HD video in either 1080p or 720p, which is more than a lot of instant cameras can do. The large touchscreen on the Pop allows you to easily see what the viewfinder sees, so you can frame your photos accordingly. Once a photo is taken, you can edit it right on the touchscreen with any necessary adjustments, or you can add fun touches like stickers, frames, and other effects before choosing to print it out.
If you download the companion Polaroid Pop app, you can connect to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and send pictures from your Camera Roll into the Pop itself. From there, you can edit the photos and print them out, as you would with a standalone photo printer.
The video recording capability of the Polaroid Pop is also impressive. With just a tap, you can record gorgeous video in 1080p HD resolution, and even turn short 15-second videos into animated GIFs, right on the camera itself.
Both the Polaroid Pop and OneStep 2 are good for their respective audiences.
The OneStep 2 is a throwback design. It was modeled off the original Polaroid OneStep, which was released in the 1970s. This new edition is designed for those who want to replicate the traditional Polaroid OneStep instant camera feeling. The shape of the camera itself won't make carrying it very easy, but it does work right out of the box as long as you have some i-Type or 600 film ready. However, the film isn't exactly cheap (average price of $16 or $19 with about eight sheets) and the camera doesn't come with any. You're going to need to spend extra on paper no matter what camera you purchase, but compared to the ZINK paper that the Pop uses, it's even more expensive.
With the OneStep 2, it's important to also remember that you won't have too much control over the results. The camera is designed to automatically adjust how much light gets in, so you can't manually adjust it. However, the OneStep 2 does have a flash suppression button that you can push down while taking a picture if you choose to not have flash (it goes off for every picture otherwise).
You also don't get support for microSD cards at all with the OneStep 2, so there are no digital copies, just purely analog prints. And of course, there's no video recording either, just like with the original.
Both the Polaroid Pop and OneStep 2 are good for their respective audiences. However, if we must go with one here, we'd recommend the Polaroid Pop over the OneStep 2. It just offers a lot more, and even though it has a high sticker price at first, the 3.5-by-4.25-inch ZINK paper it uses ends up being a lot cheaper in the long run compared to the i-Type or 600 film you need for the OneStep 2. But if you really want to try an analog instant camera and get those cool, imperfect shots, then by all means, give the OneStep 2 a try. The price point for the camera itself isn't too high, at least.
Retro meets modern
Polaroid Pop is a fun digital instant camera that lets you be selective about what gets printed, and it can record 1080p HD video and make animated GIFs. You can connect it to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and app to print smartphone photos too. The Pop supports microSD cards up to 128GB in size and prints on ZINK paper.
Classic and original reinvented
The Polaroid OneStep 2 is a modern replica of an original instant camera. It works with any i-Type or 600 film you have, and uses ambient light sensors and flash to create a truly analog experience. It may appear affordable, but be warned — the film it uses can be pricey.
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