Here is our review of the Polaroid Impulse 600, a vintage model produced by Polaroid.
How much of my precious savings should I put into this?: For the camera not so much…for the films much more!
The price of the Polaroid Impulse 600, a vintage camera from the ‘80s of Polaroid, varies depending on its actual condition. You can easy find old camera in perfect conditions at around 40-50 euro like ours. Instead, if you are risk-lovers you can find the same model at 20-30 euro. For this price they typically come without being tested… so it could be the greatest deal…or the worst depending on how lucky you are that day! For cameras that have been completely refurbished the price goes up to 100-120 euro.
This wouldn’t be a real review of the Polaroid Impulse 600 without discussing the films! There are so many varieties of them, they come in package of 8 which cost around 20 euro… so please be sure about what you want to photograph…mistakes may be too expensive! The reason for this high price is that each film package also contains the battery for the camera. So there is no need to plug in this camera any external battery. Nevertheless if you are vintage lovers you will bear with pleasure this expense.
Will I be able to cope with it?: Shooting photos couldn’t be easier you just have to know when to do it and when not!
Many of you may be asking if this is a review of the Polaroid Impulse 600, where is the part where you explain how to use it? Don’t worry we are coming there…and today is your lucky day as it is one of the easiest instant camera you can possibly find. You just have to follow 2 steps to take your picture: click on the flash to make it come out and switch on the camera. As soon as the light turns green you can click and shoot your pic. That’s it!
If you really feel the need to you can calibrate the light exposition with a small lever in the center of the camera. This is recommended for expert photographers. All the others can keep it as it is… they will still get great shoots.
The simplicity of the Polaroid Impulse 600 also plays against it sometimes: don’t even try to shoot to something close to you (like macro details or written things) it will be totally out of focus. This camera is highly recommended for panorama and landscapes but not for close subjects. The flash cannot be de-activated (don’t even try to cover it, it will be even worst) so better to avoid night lights and colors in the dark because everything will be flooded with lights and you will obtain back a white picture. NEVER FORGET YOUR FLASH OPEN: in this way the camera remains on. The battery will shortly run out and you will lose the films that remain inside.
If you know how to take the Polaroid Impulse 600 it will gift you with poetic and romantic shoots. Use it particularly for panorama, sunset and sunrise. Every picture will become a small painting. The dimension of the film (bigger than even the Instax Square) will add value to the subject of your photo. To have the perfect shoot make the film develop out of the light for at least 15 minutes and possibly in a warm environment. I know that you are dying about wave your polaroid in the air like you have seen thousands times in the movies, but don’t do it with the Polaroid Impulse 600… it will be totally useless, and actually you will ruin the film.
P.S. Remember that when you insert a new film package the counter will start counting from 10 down. But the new film packages always contain 8 films so subtract 2 to obtain the real number of films left.
Will I pick up many people with this?: Probably not so many…but these few will be the top!
Let’s be clear: the shape and colors of this camera are not really fascinating per sé. The Polaroid Impulse 600 appears like a bulky grey box. Its charm will only appear to those giving a less superficial look at her: THIS IS A POLAROID! It is a truly vintage camera. Vintage lovers will not resist it. Finally, the sound of the shoot and the photo that appear like a tongue sticking out are a must!
How many crazy things will I be able to do with it? Follow the films… you will get so much inspiration!
The funniest part of shooting with the Polaroid Impulse 600 is the great variety of films 600 that you can use with it: black and white, blue/pink and black, white simple frame, different colors frames, and all the special editions (like the tropical one down here)! Polaroid Original renovates continuously the offer of these films: you can really find everything!
To sum up:
Recommended for photographers: vintage instant cameras lovers; panorama lovers, this is the ideal camera for you; panic-aholic, those that are stressed by the presence of too many buttons, don’t worry in this case you just have 2 to remember about; those who love a bigger and more rigid film compared to the standard mini and square formats of Fuji; radical-chic, those who wants to be different, these films are far less used than the most common Instax Fuji; patient people, those that can wait 15 minutes (and not just 2) to see their shoot appearing…but remember the longer the wait, the better the result!
Not recommended for photographers: globetrotter, this bulky camera is probably not the best to carry around the world in a small backpack; technology-lovers, those who love multitasking and all different options offered by modern instruments; forgetful people, those that risk to leave the flash open and lose all the films inside; details-lovers, the Polaroid Impulse 600 does not assure the best short distance focus; impatient people and “weavers”, those who wants to know right away how the photo look like… they will end up ruining the shoot.
Did you like our review of the Polaroid Impulse 600? If you still think that this is not the right camera for you, please check out our review of other models here.
by Giulia Franci