Impossible Project just announced its very first camera, the I-1, which uses Polaroid 600 film.
Impossible Project is currently the only manufacturer of Polaroid 600-type film and there hasn’t been a new 600-type camera released in years.
The I-1 steps up the capabilities of what we’re accustomed to having in instant film cameras like those older Polaroids and even the current Fujifilm Instax cameras. It can be controlled by a smart device over Bluetooth connection to adjust aperture, shutter speed and flash settings. It can also be triggered remotely from the app. Notably, the I-1 includes a built-in ring flash and autofocus.
Interestingly, the I-1 features a rechargeable battery, which is a departure from other Polaroid 600 cameras that are powered by the battery inside the film pack. I wonder if this will lead to a more modern version of the 600 film that doesn’t include a battery inside the pack…? Maybe we’ll get some cost savings and more exposures as well? One can hope, right?
The I-1 will cost $299 and should be available in May 2016. More details here on the Impossible Project website.