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.
The PX 680 Colour Shade Instant Colour pictures cartridge, priced at around £18, did not perform well when we snapped photos with it.
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.
Easy to develop - simple leave face down for at least 10 minutes
Great for a retro feel
Poor colour reproduction
Clunky, odd shaped camera can be difficult to hold
Difficult to aim due to tiny viewing hole