The blue Polaroid 600 camera with yellow accents is one of the more modern version of the 6oo Polaroid cameras. It was made in the late 90’s to early 00’s. It has a plastic body that is a midnight blue in color with bright caution yellow accents in the shutter, “close-up” lens knob, and light management slider. This camera can sometimes be found in stock in my Etsy Shop or you can also find them on Ebay and in thrift shops. Since they are somewhat “newer” than a lot of other Polaroid Cameras they tend to be in good shape. The main problem that I tend to see when I get these types of cameras are stuck shutter buttons and broken straps, so check that out first if you are able.
The Polaroid 600 currently take film from The Impossible Project. That is the only film that I really trust to still be used. If you buy expired film from Ebay you may get film that is dried up and unusable or just so old that all of your Polaroids are washed out and and covered with streaks. You can find film online at Amazon for either Color Film or Black and White Film. They can also be bought directly from The Impossible Project.
In my own opinion of using many types of Polaroid 600 Format Cameras I think that these modern versions take a more of a crisp looking photo than the older versions. The photos they produce seem to be much clearer and brighter. It could just be me 🙂 Anyways I think this camera is great as a kind of no hassle sort of camera. The main things that you have to worry about are the “close-up” lens, the light management switch, and if you think you are going to need your flash or not.
This little blue camera has a plastic lens with a “close-up” lens that can be shifted over to give the a distance change the distance from 1.2 meters and beyond to 0.6 – 1.2 meters. This option would be best used for portraits and close-up of large objects.
I love that if you happen to not be able to understand the units of measure that surely you understand switching between the two happy people (I assume they are happy otherwise why are their arms up like that) and the smiley face for close-ups. It you get to close to an object an take a picture within the .6 meters or if you forget to move over the lens and are with in 1.2 meters your Polaroid will come out blurry. You can see that in the example below.
You can see that most of the picture is blurry, but further down there is a Tchaikovsky record that is in focus because it is within the focus range. That is one of the downsides to these types of Polaroid cameras is not being able to have the ability to take very close up photos. That is reserved to more of the folding type cameras and specialized Polaroids that would be used by Dentists or Police.
In taking a photo the next thing you would have to address is the light management slider. Most times you can just keep it in the middle but if it gets very bright or if you are in low light and don’t think the flash is going to reach all the way you can adjust the slider. Either to the right to make it lighter or to the left to make it darker. What this essentially does is it covers up the light meter on the the camera with different shades of dark plastic so the shutter stays open for a longer or lesser time.
I guess that the last thing that you need to think about is if you are going to need the flash or not. The great thing about these more modern 600’s is that you have the ability to choose if you want to use the flash or not. There are two sort of shutter buttons on the camera. The first shutter button that you mainly see is the Yellow one and if you pull that back it automatically also pushes the black shutter behind it and the flash will always go off. If you do not want the flash then you can use just press the black shutter button back and the camera shutter will go off without the flash.
To keep it safe I generally always use the flash in all of my pictures. Especially when I am indoors as there is usually not enough light inside anyways. The only time I think I would not use it is when maybe the sun is directly hitting the object that you are taking a picture of. In that case I would just push the black shutter button to avoid the picture looking washed out or overexposed. I have yet to really test this camera out at night without the flash as I am not sure how long the shutter can really stay open, but you might also want to not use the flash if you want to capture bright light or neon signs. Many people forget that this option exists because the first shutter button is so small, so remember to keep it in mind just in case.
So those are the basics, and now you are ready to go out and shoot some amazing Polaroids! I really like the design of these particular cameras as they have a side strap that is good to use on the go. You can carry it around in a large bag or purse, but then you can always carry it around by the strap so that it can be ready in an instant. I have taken this kind of camera to several nights out and happy to say that it takes great group photos.
The strap has Velcro strips on the inside and can actually be adjusted to have different size openings. The #1 problem that I have seen with these cameras is the straps either being broken, or one of the Velcro strips has come off, so now the strap won’t hold together. You can easily buy some Velcro strips from the hardware store though and cute a strip to size and glue one on.
If you really like this camera and it’s design as I said before you can sometimes find in my Etsy Shop. If it’s not in stock you can always drop me a note and I can source it for you for no extra cost and make a reserved listing just for you.
Most times the manual for this camera is no longer with the camera itself, but I was able to get my hands on a hard copy of it. It is for the whole spectrum of these modern shaped Polaroid 600 cameras including the Polaroid OneStep Express and the JobPro2. If you would like to have a download of it you can find it below.
- Lens: 116mm f/11 Single-element plastic
- Fixed focus.
- Shutter: electronic; range around 1/4 – 1/200 sec.
- Exposure system: programmed automatic
- Built-in electronic flash
- Has built-in “close-up” lens
I hope that you have enjoyed this review. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you think I have left anything out.
I have also included one of my favorite shots that I have taken with this camera on a night out. This was actually taken several years ago on The Impossible Project’s first experimental batch of PX600 film. You can see at the top that even before I got a chance to scan this in the picture started to get a little hazy, but it’s still one of my favorites!