Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera

Last updated date: December 3, 2019

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The Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera gives you the option of using the portrait lens to take up close pictures of your family or the standard lens to take pictures at a distance. There's even a self-timer mode so the picture taker can join in on the photo. This camera is also a top choice thanks to its long battery life and Bluetooth connectivity. In our analysis of 115 expert reviews, the Polaroid Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Checkout The Best Instant Cameras for a detailed review of all the top instant film cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
166 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Reminiscent of the original polaroid instant film camera with the bonus of the bluetooth connectivity and compatible app to make the most of your photography experience.
- BestReviews
Uses classic Polaroid square film format. Color and monochrome films available. Easy to use. Close focus mode delivers crisp portraits. Includes Bluetooth for manual exposure control. Charges via USB
- PC Magazine
August 29, 2018 | Full review
Smartphone app adds shooting flexibility. Attractive retro design.
- Trusted Reviews
October 8, 2018 | Full review
Close focus mode delivers crisp portraits
- Tech Spot
The OneStep+ is the first Polaroid Originals camera that uses Bluetooth wireless technology that allows it to be paired with the official Polaroid Originals app. In doing so, it enables you to use six new features, including a remote trigger, double exposure, light painting, self-timer, manual mode, and noise trigger.
- iMore
March 2, 2019 | Full review
The camera features a big square viewfinder, boxy shape, large base, a retro-style flash, and a large film ejector.
- Slash Gear
August 29, 2018 | Full review
Bluetooth-enabled shooting modes. Large, excellent prints.
- Digital Camera World
July 10, 2019 | Full review
I’m happy to report, as in the I-1, the bluetooth feature is easy to use and the camera pairs without any fuss. The app is quick to download and easy to use. It leads you through the pairing process quickly, and you can have it up and running in a few short minutes.
- Dan Finnen
September 10, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
May be challenging for some users to learn to use, but not for those familiar with polaroid cameras. Some faulty models reported.
- BestReviews
Film is expensive. Polaroid Originals sells packs for $15.99. Each includes eight shots, which brings the price of each photo to about $2.
- PC Magazine
August 29, 2018 | Full review
Extra features useless without a phone to hand
- Trusted Reviews
October 8, 2018 | Full review
Expensive film, Color materials are finicky.
- Tech Spot
There's also the issue of the price of Polaroid Film. It's very expensive, just as it was many years ago. Eight prints (yes, just eight) can set you back around $15.
- iMore
March 2, 2019 | Full review
Built-in battery only. Expensive per shot.
- Digital Camera World
July 10, 2019 | Full review
The viewfinder still isn’t super accurate, so don’t be surprised if you have a bit of trouble framing at first.
- Dan Finnen
September 10, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Polaroid one step+ is a new Analog instant camera that connects to your smartphone, unlocking a world of creative photography. Use the integrated Polaroid Originals app to explore fun techniques like double exposures and light painting, take full creative control with manual mode and a remote trigger, or frame your perfect close-up with the additional portrait lens. Download the Polaroid Originals smartphone app from the Apple app store or the Google play Store.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Kodak Instant Print Camera
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Polaroid Mint Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Polaroid Snap Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 11
5. Fujifilm Neo Classic Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 16
6. Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fujifilm Mini 70 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Fujifilm Mini 8 Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 17
10. Fujifilm Instant Camera + Instant Film
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Instant Film Cameras

Instant film cameras have made a comeback in recent years, as a new generation have discovered how fun they are. In a digital-driven world, consumers find it fun to have an instant print of whatever shot they’ve just captured.

These cameras are perfect for you if you enjoy the “instant gratification of a print,” says Jay Soriano, a portrait photographer based in Las Vegas.

“Overall, they’re fun and they’re great gifts,” Soriano says. “It can also be a fashion statement with the accessories.”

Today’s instant film cameras have come a long way from those sold in the mid- to late 1900s, packing features built for a tech-driven market.

As you start shopping for an instant film camera, it’s important to keep those more modern features in mind. You’ve probably gotten used to taking photos using a smartphone camera, which is a completely different experience than capturing a shot using a viewfinder. If you wear glasses, you’ll also need to pay attention to the size of the viewfinders. Some of them are so small, it can be tough to get your eye close enough to see the image.

You’re probably also used to taking selfies. There are cameras that build in selfie mirrors to make this easier, but it’s not like seeing your image on a smartphone screen. If you want to take group pictures, you’ll also need to look for an instant camera that has a tripod mount and timer. Without the timer, someone will always have to be near the camera to press the shutter button.

There’s a big difference in the type of camera a pro shooter needs compared to someone who just wants to have fun. Instant cameras build in automatic features, similar to what your smartphone has. Serious photography enthusiasts will want to be able to override these automatic features for manual control, but not all instant cameras have that capability.

Perhaps the most important factor, though, is the quality of the print you’ll receive. This can be subjective, but look for cameras with prints that are as true to life as possible. Instant cameras that both print pictures and allow a microSD card to save images digitally can be especially useful.

DYWM Fun Fact

Instant prints kicked off in 1948 with the release of the Polaroid Land Model 95 camera, invented by scientist Edwin Land. While on vacation, Land was inspired by his daughter, who asked why she couldn’t see the photo immediately. But long before Land came up with his idea, Samuel Shlafrock invented a camera that came with a portable darkroom. His invention never quite caught on, though, because it lacked the convenience of Land’s model. Instead of a built-in darkroom, Land’s creation used self-developing film.

The Instant Film Camera Buying Guide

  • Most of these newer instant cameras are built for ease of use. That means you’ll have a variety of settings options. If you’re creative, you’ll love the Polaroid Snap Instant Camera, which lets you switch up the type of photos you take with just the press of a button. It has a built-in mirror for taking selfies. There are also six different easy-to-use portrait settings. With the Kodak Instant Print Camera, there is a delay between pressing the trigger and capturing the shot, so it may not be the best camera for action shots.
  • The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera also has a variety of exposure options, including one called “Hi-Key,” which softens the image when you print it.
  • Print quality is something to consider, as well. With the Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera, you get wider shots than you typically see with an instant film camera, which means you can squeeze more into each picture. The color saturation and separation are also impressive on this model. The Kodak Instant Print Camera prints colorful, vibrant, 10-megapixel images. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera can be prone to black specks in overexposed areas of your image.
  • The film on the Kodak Instant Print Camera makes it stand out. You’ll get prints that resist smudges, water damage and tears. You can also print in black and white with this model.
  • Chances are, you won’t always be shooting in the same type of lighting. The right camera compensates for that, giving you just the amount of exposure you need for your current environment. With the Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera, you get separate settings for shooting in sunny or cloudy outdoor environments, as well as indoors. In bright sun, though, you may find your shots are overexposed. The Polaroid Originals Bluetooth Instant Camera works best in indoor settings with plenty of light. If you routinely shoot in low-light conditions, you’ll want to steer toward the Kodak Instant Print Camera, which has a wider aperture specifically for those situations.
  • Instant film cameras have reemerged in a digital era, which means some consumers are going to want digital features, too. The Kodak Instant Print Camera both prints out a photo and saves a digital copy. You can then take the SD card and insert it into a card reader on your computer to upload it to all your favorite social media sites.
  • If you find you’re always behind the camera and never in any pictures, consider a camera with both a timer and tripod socket. You can just set your camera up, hop into the frame and say, “Cheese.” The Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera has a tripod socket, but someone will have to be behind the camera since there’s no timer.
  • Flash can be an issue with instant cameras. Some instant cameras automatically adjust to fit the current lighting needs. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera’s flash always goes off, which can be a problem if you prefer to take advantage of natural lighting.
  • Having rechargeable batteries can be very useful if you want to save money. The average rechargeable camera takes about 100 shots before needing to recharge again. The Kodak Instant Print Camera has a rechargeable battery. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera and Fujifilm 300 Photo Instant Camera run on AA batteries.