20 Most Recent Polaroid OneStep Express Instant Camera Questions & Answers

Looks like uneven spread of developing chemicals to me - try a different (new !) film pack.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Mar 20, 2017

First of all you can't use that film anymore. If it gets ejected, it gets exposed to light which causes the film to develop. Also the film was already exposed when you didn't load it in the camera yet. When you buy a new cassette (that's the film holder) there's a darkslide on top. This darkslide prevents light to get to the film. When you load your camera, the darkslide ejects immediately. That is what happens to your last film. The camera recognizes it as a new cassette and ejects the darkslide, but in this case it's the film.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Oct 22, 2013

there is no battery in the camera. the battery comes from the film. the film has a battery in it already. you MUST have film in the camera for the light to go on and the flash to go off. all polaroid camera's are the same. you must have the film in the camera for it to work.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Aug 26, 2011

Unfortunately the only way to test it is by investing in an (expensive) new photo pack, but the cameras themselves are generally simple, robust and very reliable so it may be a worthwhile gamble if you can stand the cost of just eight photos per film pack...

The battery is an integral part of the film pack. When you put a fresh pack in, you get a fresh battery. A dead battery means the rest of the photo pack is unusable.

Original photo packs are no longer manufactured and all remaining unused Polaroid stock will be long out of date with flat batteries and stale chemicals. If kept stored cold, the chemicals may be fresh but the batteries will be flat as cold kills batteries even faster. Such photo packs cost a lot, are not guaranteed to work, and you only have the vendor's word that they have been cold stored. They're only usable in cameras modified to accept an external 4.5v dc power supply.

You can buy new and fresh photo packs from The Impossible Project, though. Just be aware that it's not the same as the original material and is really intended for artistic use. It's also not light stable and fades quickly, so scan any images you wish to keep, but is designed to be far more manipulable than the original material.

Click here for the company website where you can learn all about their product and how best to use it. You can buy directly or the site shows you where a few retailers are (not many worldwide).

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Aug 18, 2011


Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Jan 22, 2011

Don't buy old ones from ebay! The battery cell (which works the flash) is attached to the back of the shot and like everything it has a best before date. The chances of the battery still working is slim and can end up being expensive and dissapointing!
I was told by a friend a while ago about some enthusiasts whom bought the old poloriod factory with the idea of reopening it. It is called the impossible project. They done it too! http://theimpossibleproject.com/
A pack of 8 is about £20 Also the way they have made them gives the shots a beautiful sepia quality. This means that even some withered old crow can be transformed into a mysterious enchantress!
I know that they are bloody expensive. But they do look good!

I really hope that this helps.
Also (on re-reading) I don't work for them-sounds like I do. But if they would like to send me free ones I will not say no!!!
Good Luck xxx

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Sep 24, 2010

The battery is part of the replaceable photo pack, but as they're no longer made you can't get them any more. All remaining photo packs are long out of date and the batteries are now usually totally dead or only have enough power for a couple of shots at best.

There is an exception to all this though, a company has started making new photo packs but they're only in monochrome (black and white), the chemistry is unstable so the photos may continue to change or fade for months after being exposed, and you only get 8 shots per pack instead of the usual 10. The company also claims to sell original guaranteed 10 shot Polaroid photo packs, but are always listed as out of stock.

Click here for full details, courtesy of The Impossible Project.

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Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on May 23, 2010

The battery comes with the photo pack.

The photo packs are long out of production.

Remaining photo packs have flat batteries and are horribly expensive. They're only of use if you modify the camera (not easy without breaking it) to accept an external 6v power supply. Some photo packs are advertised as "fresh" due to refrigerated storage, but only the photo chemicals will be fresh as cold storage kills batteries even faster.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on May 19, 2010

In short, no. It's not a rechargeable battery.

You can't solve the problem with a new photo pack either as they're all long out of date and out of production and so most remaining ones also have flat batteries. Those which aren't totally dead typically die completely after ejecting the protective cover sheet.

The only fix is to modify the camera to accept an external 6v power supply, but it's not that easy as the camera casing clips together and was never designed to come apart and so often the casing breaks during the modification attempt. But given that most charity shops either have a back room full of unsold (unsellable) Polaroid cameras and that they're easily obtained via FreeCycle and Freegle it's not really an issue if it takes five or six attempts to end up with one modified camera.

The supplies of photo packs are a different issue though: they're very expensive, don't usually work unless on a modified camera and are increasingly difficult to obtain as supplies continue to dry up.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Apr 21, 2010

The battery is incorporated into the photo pack: you get a new battery when you change photo packs.

The problem is that all photo packs are now long out of date.(the last photo packs were manufactured nearly three years ago) and that batteries are likely to either be dead or to have insufficient power to finish a photo pack. Photo packs which have been kept refrigerated will have fresh photo chemistry, but cold kills batteries, so the only way that they're guaranteed to work is by modifying the camera to accept an external 6v power supply.

The expense of photo packs, their scarcity and the fact that most are now useless means that Polaroid Instant cameras are now worthless and virtually unusable. Last summer, a French company acquired the rights to remanufacture photo packs but has yet to announce a production date, but if they do go into production you can expect to pay at least £30 for just ten photos.

All photo formats eventually die: unfortunately Polaroid Instant has effectively done so along with some 35mm negative and transparency films.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Apr 11, 2010

Easy. The same problem faced by almost all Polaroid 600 users these days: the photo pack has a flat battery.

All photo packs are at least two and a half years old now, and all are out of date. The in-built battery will usually be a dead as a dodo or only have barely enough power to eject the protective cover sheet and maybe take a few photos. Photo packs advertised as "refrigerated" will ALWAYS have a flat battery (cold kills batteries) others may occasionally have a battery which will last all ten shots, but the photo chemistry will usually be stale producing harsh contrast, poor colours and possibly too thick for the ejection rollers to squeeze the bag of developer right across the photo.

There is no cure for this, other than to modify the camera to take an external 6v battery or a plug-in adapter, but it's not easy as the camera was never designed to be taken apart. If you search my other answers you'll see that I've given instructions on how to do this many times before.

Sorry, but it's an obsolete camera which is no longer supported and for which the supply of new photo packs has ceased.

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Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Feb 11, 2010

Open the door where the film spits out and clean the rollers.

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Oct 15, 2009

yes it takes batteries ... a flat battery is included inside each film packet .. it loads automatically with the film ..

Polaroid OneStep... | Answered on Sep 27, 2009

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