If you are currently at home with a young family, you may be looking for ways to keep everyone amused or distracted with a fun project – and the new Polaroid Now may be just the thing for you.
Take a point and instant camera in the classic polaroid shape. A classic full-size Polaroid film is shot and spit out immediately, but it takes about ten or fifteen minutes to fully develop.
New, however, is the addition of autofocus, which helps you achieve more consistent results than previous Polaroid Originals models, and takes up some of the guesswork common with instant cameras.
The classic, box-like shape of the Polaroid Now is quite large and difficult to use with one hand, but the size means that it is suitable for most age groups thanks to its large buttons and simple operation.
We tested the new instant camera and our test showed that compared to competing models like Fujifilm Instax "the Polaroid Now gains sheer ease of use and its prints are larger".
Polaroid vs zinc
The main difference between Polaroid Now and zinc cameras like the Canon Ivy Cliq / Zoemini S, is that the I-Type film by Now uses a chemical process instead of just printing your pictures.
This makes them bigger and often a little more fun when it comes to family shots because it is delayed to see your results. It is also what purists consider the "right" kind of instant film.
However, the film is slightly more than Fuji's Instax Square film – a pack of I-Type film costs around USD 19 / GBP 15 / AU $ 32, although you can get multi-packs for a small discount.
The Polaroid Now costs $ 100 / £ 120 (about AU $ 240) and for a more detailed look at the camera you can read our detailed Polaroid Now review.