Question about Polaroid One600 Classic Instant Camera
They're all long out of date as production ceased over two years ago. When they were widely available they were expensive, and now that supplies are drying up they're ridiculously expensive. Very few retailers now have any stocks, but they're available on auction websites and also on Amazon.
In return for the painfully high price, you get a photo pack with just ten shots and it probably won't work. The photo pack contains the camera battery, and the batteries are now all usually flat or only have sufficient power to eject the protective cover sheet before dying. The chemicals within each photo pouch will also be past their prime resulting in high contrast and poor colour reproduction, although this will not be a problem if the photo pack has been kept refrigerated. Unfortunately, cold kills batteries so unless you modify your camera to accept an external 6v power supply then even refrigerated packs will be a waste of money.
Modifying the camera involves dismantling it and then attaching external feed wires to the internal camera battery contacts and then passing them out of a hole in the underside of the camera. The feed wires can then be connected to an external battery or a mains adapter. Original batteries provided 4.5v, but it's best to use a 6v external supply which does no harm to the camera's electronics.
The camera clips together but the joints were never designed to be undone so the camera often breaks during modification. Although the photo packs are scarce, the cameras themselves are ten a penny. Almost every charity or thrift shop has boxes of them, unsold and virtually unsellable, in their store rooms and they're easy to get via your local FreeCycle/Freegle groups so it doesn't really matter if you break five of them just to get one working modified camera.
In summary, I'd suggest that you avoid wasting money on this dead format, but if you wish to go ahead at least you can now do so on an informed basis.
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Posted on May 04, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Polaroid manufactured their last run of film for that camera this summer,so go on the WEB and search Polaroid 600 film (or ask a a local camera store). If you really like this camera, you might buy some extra, nut you already know about the battery, so don't buy more than you will use before the expiration date. When the film is gone, the camera will be useless, unless someone like Fuji,who makes the film for the camera in Japan, decides to keep making it.
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
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