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The sun is out, concerts are back and people are taking to the streets again: now is the time to step up your photography game. But even if you aren’t a pro, film cameras are the best way to take artful, time-freezing shots that capture your most joyful moments.
Polaroid, the iconic Dutch-founded instant-film camera company, has no lack of instant-shoot cameras for amateur and pro photographers alike, made even fresher by funky limited-edition collaborations they’ve rolled out over the past few months. They’ve teamed up with shows such as “Star Wars: The Mandalorian” and “Stranger Things” to design cameras that feature the show’s most iconic characters and imagery on both the camera’s hardware, and the film itself. Most recently on June 8, they released a collaboration with Keith Haring which celebrates the bold red colors and signatures doodles of the iconic 1980s pop-artist.
From their most popular Polaroid Now camera to their more intensive Polaroid OneStep Close-Up 600 camera, here are the best Polaroid collaborations to get your hands on this summer to capture your most memorable moments.
Polaroid Now – Keith Haring Edition
Polaroid’s new Polaroid Now analog camera makes photography effortless for everyone. The series is an evolution from the original Polaroid OneStep cameras from the 1970s which pioneered the movement of point-and-shoot photography. With instant auto-focus, the Polaroid Now keeps that same simplicity while adding more creative control with built-in double exposure and a self-timer. This special Keith Haring edition has a bright red exterior, nodding to the iconic artist’s love for bold primary colors, while the back features Haring’s iconic black-and-white doodles. Purchase it with the Keith Haring film pack, which comes with eight frames from 12 unique frame designs.
Polaroid OneStep 2 – ‘Stranger Things’ Edition
Travel to the Upside Down with Polaroid’s “Stranger Things” special edition camera, inspired by the company’s original OneStep camera from 1977. The newer model features a powerful flash, a high quality 2-ft to Infinity lens and can be used with Polaroid’s battery-free i-Type film. Pair it with “Stranger Things” film, designed with the show’s signature vintage lettering and designs.
Polaroid Now – ‘Mandalorian’ Edition
Inspired by the powerful beskar steel from the “Star Wars” galaxy, the “Mandalorian”-inspired instant camera has the same interface as the traditional Polaroid Now, including an autofocus 2-lens system, built-in double exposure and a self-timer. Pair it with the Yoda-designed i-Type film to get the full, intergalactic effect.
Polaroid 600 – Teva Edition
The Polaroid 600 has become a pop culture icon in and of itself, made even fresher by a co-branded strap between the two companies, in addition to colorful rainbow designs. The refurbished camera features an 110mm lens, fixed 4-inch to Infinity focus and a direct viewfinder. Plus, it comes with automatic exposure control and electronic shutter speeds that range from 1/3 to 1/200th of a second. Pair it with the matching Polaroid x Teva sandals for a full, retro fit perfect for summer.