Polaroids and Instant Cameras

The images from Polaroid and other instant cameras have a distinctive look. They’re also something of a precursor to digital cameras in the way they provide instant gratification. With the Polaroid SX-70, for instance, you would snap an image, the print would slide out of the camera with a lovely whirring sound, and you would watch as the image materialized before your eyes. The iPhone’s Polaroid-like instant camera apps don’t exactly replicate that experience—they don’t magically print images from your iPhone—but they do attempt to re-create the wonder of seeing an image develop as you wait and watch.


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