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What's the difference between the Polaroid OneStep+ and other Polaroid Originals cameras?

What's the difference between the Polaroid OneStep+ and other Polaroid Originals cameras?
What's the difference between the Polaroid OneStep+ and other Polaroid Originals cameras? (Image credit: Polaroid)

What's the difference between the Polaroid OneStep+ and other Polaroid Originals cameras?

Best answer: The Polaroid OneStep+ functions much like the company's other instant cameras but has the added bonuses of Bluetooth and app control. But because they lack more modern touches, the other Polaroid instant cameras, like the Polaroid 600, offer a more nostalgic photographic experience.Buy the OneStep+: Polaroid OneStep+ (opens in new tab) ($140 at Amazon)One generation back: Polaroid OneStep 2 (opens in new tab) ($100 at Amazon)Get started with the 600: Polaroid 600 (opens in new tab) (From $130 at Amazon)A classic reborn: Polaroid SX-70 (opens in new tab) ($390 at Amazon)

The Polaroid OneStep+ is a classic instant camera with a couple of contemporary features

For the most part, the OneStep+ behaves like a classic Polaroid instant camera. While it might not fold up like the SX-70, it does take after the OneStep line, once known as the Land Camera 1000. Like the OneStep 2, the OneStep+ uses both i-Type and 600 Polaroid film.

But where the SX-70 and the OneStep 2 are either faithful recreations or continuations, respectively, of older Polaroid cameras, the OneStep+ is an evolution. While retaining the older Polaroid style, the OneStep+ includes Bluetooth functionality. Pressing the + button on the camera activates this and allows you to connect to the Polaroid Originals app (opens in new tab) on your phone. The app, in turn, lets you control your OneStep+ in different ways, from remotely triggering the camera to being able to set a self-timer.

The Polaroid 600, OneStep 2, and SX-70, all offered by Polaroid Originals, are simply updates to or recreations of various iterations of the classic Polaroid instant camera. They use either 600, i-Type, or SX-70 film. The OneStep+ is the only one with that Bluetooth connectivity and app control.

One more thing: portrait mode

The OneStep+, unlike the OneStep 2, features a secondary internal lens specifically for portraits. A switch on the top of the camera switches between standard and portrait photos. Switching to the portrait lens allows you to get closer to your subjects than the standard lens does, allowing for clearer, more detailed portraits.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.