Now available in Australia, the Polaroid Originals OneStep+ is very similar in styling and design to the OneStep 2 model (itself based on the original from the 1970s), but gains more functionality via the free Polaroid Originals app (for both iOS and Android) which provides access to seven new creative functions. Once the camera is paired with a smartphone or tablet running the app, it’s possible to remotely trigger the shutter, use a self-timer with a variable delay time up to 12 seconds, create double exposures or engage manual exposure control with an aperture range of f12 to f64 and shutter speeds from ‘B’ (bulb) up to 1/125 second.

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Manual control provides an exposure metering function and also allows for adjustment of the flash’s output and the option to delay a print’s ejection from the camera. Additionally, the app also provides a noise trigger which will automatically fire the shutter when a sound is detected, and a ‘light painting’ function which turns on the phone’s torch and then times the exposure duration. Most interestingly, there’s a scanner tool so prints can be converted to digital files, adjusted or cropped, and then shared online.

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Similar to the OneStep 2, the OneStep+ has a built-in flash, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack (with in-camera charging via USB) and is compatible with the latest i-Type instant print films. New is switchable lenses which translate into Landscape and Portrait modes, the latter with a reduced close-up distance of 30 centimetres. Polaroid Originals has now also adopted the full rainbow stripe logo which runs from the below the lens to the front of the camera, just as on the original OneStep model from 1977.

The Polaroid Originals OneStep+ is priced at $299.95 in Australia and for more information visit http://www.polaroid.com.au