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PX 680 Instant Colour Polaroid Pictures Review

PX 680 Instant Colour Polaroid Pictures Review - The impossible project still makes cartridges for the Polaroid 600, but are they any good?

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Product : Instant Film PX680
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Words by Emma kay

The Impossible Project have certainly made taking decent photos with a Polaroid 600 challenging with their range of instant cartridges.

 

It seems that there is a good reason why Polaroid stopped making the film for their 600 instant camera. It is very difficult to take a decent picture with these cartridges.

 PX 680

The PX 680 Colour Shade Instant Colour pictures cartridge, priced at around £18, did not perform well when we snapped photos with it.

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The majority of the 8 photos taken were terribly blotchy, to the point that it did not even merit a decent “vintage” feel. The 6 you see in the photo above are the best of the lot. The one photo that did come out fairly decently was one of our test shelf, and although the colours are muted and it still has an obvious blotch problem and odd pink line running down it, this one would pass as a vintage feel photo. They may be aiming for a retro feel, but I was not impressed.

 

The photo of a tree outside came out badly over exposed, but there is no way to adjust this on the Polaroid 600 model. So unless you want a bright orange blurry photo, it is not recommended that you use the camera outside, even on a cloudy day.

 

It is also difficult to aim the camera, as although I had the image central in my viewer, the picture still came out to the left of the frame every time.

 

Polaroid cameras can be seen as a cultural icon, but it is hard to regard them fondly with such awful image quality.

 

Whether this is due to the quality of the film or the camera is unsure, but I would not recommend investing in a second hand Polaroid or any Impossible project cartridges any time soon.

Verdict

Pros:

Fast
Easy to develop - simple leave face down for at least 10 minutes
Great for a retro feel

Cons:
Blotchy 
Poor colour reproduction
Clunky, odd shaped camera can be difficult to hold
Difficult to aim due to tiny viewing hole

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Comments


16 Aug 2011 12:34PM
So you are not intelligent enough to use the film properly and then blame the product, and then you write an article about it. Nice one, keep up the "good" work

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emmaK22 e2
3 53 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2011 1:28PM
Thanks for your comment, any ideas on how to improve the image quality with a fully automated camera?
16 Aug 2011 1:55PM
Do not let the film get any light when coming out of the camera for at least 10 seconds, that's crucial.
It drastically will improve results.
http://vimeo.com/20367465
MattGrayson 7 622 3 England
19 Aug 2011 2:24PM
Is this a serious review? It looks like it's just a chance to have a go at Polaroid. The review is on the attack from the start calling it a flop in the strap line without any evidence given before your opinion. Surely a review should remain subjective until after the performance results have been shown?

"It is also difficult to aim the camera, as although I had the image central in my viewer, the picture still came out to the left of the frame every time."

Doesn't the camera suffer from parallax error? Did you compensate for it? You haven't mentioned whether you did or didn't.

The pros and cons are contradictory with the copy and themselves. For example, you say it's great for a retro feel but in the review say you don't think it does give a good retro feel. Also in the cons, you state poor colour reproduction but that's one of the endearing qualities of retro (for me anyway).
You've also put a con as the camera having a tiny viewing hole but the review seems to be based on the paper, so the performance of the camera shouldn't come into it.

I was keen to read this as I'm a long time fan of Polaroid but I'm surprised this got published, especially as you spelled Polaroid wrong in the title...

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