Cameras are gaining in popularity a whole lot more now with just about everyone carrying one around with them to catch those special moments. Not that long ago, cameras fell out of favor as more and more people switched to using the cameras on their cellphones; now there are more versions reaching the store shelves and everyone’s pocket.

Some of the options are based on the ability to get specialty shots and more adventurous videos, but others are based on the ability to print pictures whenever you want them.

The Polaroid PIC-300 is one of the second type of cameras, allowing you to get any shot that you want in a moment, rather than taking the film in to a store to get developed. You can point and shoot just like any other camera, but be careful what you click on because that’s the image you’re going to get and it will immediately be printed out for you.

Because it’s small, it’s capable of being carried along in a pocket or bag at any time, and it can take up to 10 pictures with one cartridge to get you more than enough for a single day or a special trip.

 

 

Features

The Polaroid PIC-300 is an all-around camera that allows you to get a good-quality shot while not sacrificing the immediacy of the moment. You’ll be able to quickly snap the picture and then use it for anything you want. It has many other features which include:

  • 4 ounces
  • 7” x 2.8” x 4.8”
  • 60mm minimum focal length
  • 4 color options
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Instant print
  • 1/60 second shutter speed
  • Manual exposure compensation
  • 4 scene settings
  • Includes wrist strap
  • Uses auto flash
  • Uses auto adjust

Pros

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Uses Polaroid 300 Instant Film
  • Automatic features for easier use
  • Prints quickly
  • High-quality photos with bright color
  • Several settings for lighting conditions
  • Fun to use

Cons

  • Pictures are very small
  • Pictures are expensive based on film cost
  • Not for everyday or extended use
  • Difficult to angle finger to take picture without being in the picture
  • Viewfinder is slightly off what the picture will be

Summary

The Polaroid PIC-300 Instant Film Camera is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and still large enough to get the perfect shot without any problems. It’s available in four different colors that are all priced around the same amount so you can get something that matches your preference and your style.

You’ll be able to get plenty of great quality pictures because the camera is able to use instant film to provide you with exactly what you want without having to wait a long time either. You don’t even have to get the film developed after taking the picture and can just start handing them out.

Overall, this camera is able to do just about anything that a full-size camera can do, and it has manual exposure settings, automatic flash, automatic adjustments, 1/60 second shutter speed and a wrist strap that makes it easier to hold. It has 60mm focal length and is light enough that you can carry it in your bag at any time with no concern.

There’s even an electronic viewfinder to make sure you get the image that you want and all you have to do is press down the button to get the shot.

Comparison

Slightly more expensive, the Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera comes in a range of different colors just like this one but with a little different style. This camera is a little smaller and it’s flat, like a digital camera.

It offers the same number of pictures but they are a little smaller and don’t have the iconic strips around the outside that Polaroid cameras have always had; they are just like a regular printed image. These also have an adhesive back so you can post them wherever you want, and the camera saves a copy of the image so you can use it for other purposes as well, without losing the image.

Nearly identical to our original camera is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9. It is less expensive, though not by much, and almost exactly the same style, as well as being available in five different colors. It’s a little bit heavier but otherwise has a lot of the same features available.

The pictures are printed directly out of the top of the unit and are completely ready in just about a minute. Overall, this is a very similar unit and the main difference is that they are made by different manufacturers. These two can even use the same film if you prefer one over the other, and print out images that are the same size and same style between the two.

Verdict

Overall, the Polaroid PIC-300 is a good camera that is great for people who are into vintage style things, and for those who want a way to instantly print pictures without having to take them into the store, or who like having a specialty/novelty item.

The camera isn’t designed to be the only camera that you own, but it is designed to give you a way to get all three of these other factors. Compared to the Polaroid Snap, you’re not getting the digital upload capability and it’s not quite as small, but it does have a lower price tag and more unique style overall.

Compared to the Fujifilm there are actually fewer differences as the cameras use the same film, are very similar in design, and have a similar price tag. This one does have different color options, and is slightly lighter compared to the Fujifilm, however. When compared, it seems that the Polaroid does have a lot of features and benefits over the other two options and still provides photos at a reasonable price point to balance out.

This camera also provides features compared to traditional cameras that make it a good investment, including the ability to print immediately, and the small size.

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