It’s important to remember that Polaroid cameras are powered by the cartridge full of unexposed photos, so there is no way of testing a camera to make sure it works without some film. So the next step is getting some to stick into that camera. As you may or may not know, Polaroid discontinued producing film for their cameras in 2008, so you’re not going to be able to mosey on down to your local Walgreens to pick it up anymore. Lucky for us, the great folks at the have stepped up to create new film for Polaroid cameras.
This discontinuation may not spell doom for some Polaroid fans. still makes film for Polaroid's SX-70 model, and it's less of a hassle to use since it foregoes the peel-apart technology of old-school film. But Fujifilm's decision isn't a shock. Fujifilm originally made black-and-white film at two speeds in addition to this color film back in the early days of instant photography. Since then, Fujifilm has killed off the two black and white options, and now the color film is on the chopping block.
This isn't the end of the road for instant photography. continues to make film for Polaroid's and later models that pop out a tidy picture that develops before your eyes rather than requiring you to peel apart a chemical-laden film sandwich. Its film is a blast to use, but a lot pricier and fussier than FujiFilm's product. New55 offers . FujiFilm sells Instax instant cameras and film which are Polaroid-esque, even though Polaroid itself didn't have a hand in them. They were everywhere last time I was in Tokyo, and are widely available in the U.S.; one model is even sold, in rebadged form, under the Polaroid name.
“In October 2008 The Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras. In 2010 Impossible saved analog instant photography from extinction by releasing various, brand new and unique instant films. Therewith Impossible prevents more than 300,000,000 perfectly functioning Polaroid cameras from becoming obsolete, changes the world of photography and keeps variety, tangibility and analogue creativity and possibilities alive.”