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Polaroid Go Review: The Smallest Instant Camera

Polaroid Go Review

People love Polaroid cameras, especially the Onestep and Classic SX-70 that are equally loved, not only because of their unique designs but due to their contributions in making sure that photography is more accessible and fun. The latest $100 Polaroid Go camera is a miniature Polaroid camera with its fantastic little instant film. Polaroid Go is the most recent attempt to revive the joy and happiness of taking photos without trying to process them for social feeds.

Polaroid Go Design

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Immediately you have the Polaroid in your hands, and it will be difficult for you to argue that it is the smallest instant camera in the world. It measures 105 x 84 x 61mm. It has a tiny plastic body that fits elegantly in your palms, and this makes the Polaroid look positively big.

Hybrid cameras are the only cameras that use digital sensors and efficiently print out their photos with Zero Ink paper, and they are smaller.

Since it possesses a similar boxy, retro-inspired shape and button layout as the Polaroid Now, don’t anticipate portability on the same level with a compact digital camera. The Polaroid Go is small and portable enough to fit into your back pocket, and it’s more at home in a handbag or a jacket.

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The Polaroid Go is simple to operate, having the shutter buttons and the flash on the top face, while the power buttons and viewfinder at the rear. To activate the double exposure shooting, you’ll have to double press the flash button. When held down, it activates the half-time. However, that deficiency of the tripod thread underneath it nullifies some of its usefulness. 

Polaroid Go Features 

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Apparently, the headline feature of the Polaroid Go camera is its pocketability. It’s obviously tiny that Polaroid envisioned that you’d be wearing it around your neck like a Flava Flav-inspired fashion statement. It’s so tiny and portable that you easily take it anywhere you desire without stress. 

The Polaroid Go possesses lots of party tricks up its sleeve. It provides double exposures, which is a great feature that is a significant competitor the Instax Mini 11 doesn’t have, together with a self-timer for group shots. Also, it had a small selfie mirror that can be used for vanity shots.

The USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery it possesses also helps decrease bulk and running costs, which most people don’t usually think about regarding Mini cameras, which consume AA batteries.

Polaroid Go Performance 

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Once the camera is switched on, the flash will automatically come on. But you can switch it off to take shots of brightly lit outdoor scenes. A tiny LED indicator enables you to have a glance at whether it’s set to action or not.

The viewfinder may be a little bit offset from the camera lens, but whatever you see through it is massively indicative of what is captured. Lovers of selfies will be thankful for the lens-facing side of the viewfinder, which effectively doubles as a big mirror and assists with the composition. Due to its smaller dimensions, the Polaroid Go is easier to hold than the Polaroid Now, which is pretty weighty to hold.

The shutter has a similar half-press button like the Polaroid Now. On a bigger camera, this will turn on the autofocus, but that isn’t here; rather, it adjusts the aperture setting according to the amount of available light.

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You can hear an internal mechanism working whenever you use it, and the shutters only come into action after it has selected between the two available settings, so you don’t have to bother about accidentally under- or over-exposing your shot.

A full press takes a photo that is ejected out at the front of the camera. It takes about 15 minutes for it to develop ultimately, and can also be quite fragile. So be careful not to throw your prints inside a coat pocket and expect that they survive that process without having a smudge or two.

Polaroid Go film possesses a square aspect ratio and 47 x 46mm image area, so each film looks like a small I-Type photo. Compared to its competitor, Fujifilm’s rectangular Instax Mini film has a more extensive 61 x 46mm image area.

Polaroid Go Image Quality 

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The Polaroid Go offers muted, nearly dream-like colors, combined with darker and more dramatic shadows like the I-Type.

What appears blue through the viewfinder can frequently turn out with a purple tint, changing the skylines and offering another perspective on a scene. Well, it’s not an unpleasant effect, but Fuji’s Instax film may likely be more true-to-life if that’s what you need.

The focal length usually is 0.5m and more, so trying a close-up always ends up in a blurry final image. Selfie lovers should always hold at arm’s length and be mindful of pausing before pressing the shutter button. There’s a reasonable level of clarity on display provided the small size of every photo.

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Outdoors exposure is always superb, with the flash helps in softening illuminate subjects without subduing the natural light of a scene. Applying force may likely end up in well-expressed colors, at the risk of significantly darker shadows since the photo paper has little light to work with.

Instant films usually contend with brightly lit skies. Still, the Polaroid Go managed well throughout the entire testing period, only blowing out the last image when shooting in the sun’s direction.

Once you’re indoors, the flash becomes essential; besides, properly lit rooms can look dark and gloomy without the flash.

This is an instant film character, so it’s not the camera’s fault. It’s something that new users will have to get used to it or adjust to.


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The Polaroid Go isn’t a child’s play at all or to be considered as a toy. Although it may not be enhanced like the other Polaroids, you can still take excellent and nice with it. It is not your standard all-round instant camera. It can be used with one hand, has a less expensive film and a beautiful design.

Of course, the size of the photos is smaller and might not be able to capture all the details. But if you desire to take a Polaroid selfie, capture moments with family or friends, or take a close-up of an object, then the Polaroid Go is the best option for you. If you’re tired of having lots of digital smartphone photos and you want to go analog, go for Polaroid Go since it’s as light as your smartphone.

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