Polaroid Captiva/Vision

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The Captiva (or Vision) series of cameras from Polaroid were SLRs in a rather odd shape. They used Type 500 film which had an image size of 73x54mm, ISO 600, and 10 pictures to a pack. They were produced from 1993-1997.


  • SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) design.
  • Lens: 107mm f/12 (3 plastic elements).
  • Shutter: electronic; range 1/4 - 1/180 sec.
  • Autofocus, but not "Sonar"; only 2 focus zones. Nearest focus is 2 ft.
  • No manual focus control possible.
  • Integrated automatic flash (cannot be overridden manually).
  • Pictures are ejected into a transparent "storage chamber" in the back of the camera; to be removed at any time.
  • Built-in self-timer.
  • Folding body is unlike the SX-70.

Captiva/Vision SE

  • Same as Captiva above, but with glass lens.
  • Date function.

Polaroid Pop Shots

This was the world's first ever single-use instant camera. It was "disposable" but used Captiva 500 instant film. These are now rare, since used examples were disposed of.

  • Lens: unknown (probably single-element plastic with a focal length of less than 100mm).
  • Shutter: electronic.
  • Fixed focus.
  • Built-in electronic flash. (Switched on/off manually, but flash exposure appears to be automatic (quenched when correct exposure time is achieved).
  • Flash/Daylight switch also changes the lens aperture via a simple stop.
  • Manual print ejection via a pull-ring at the side of the camera.
  • Camera was not intended for user reloading, but was packaged with a prepaid mailer (USA) for return to Polaroid for recycling. Customer was sent a refund coupon in exchange for the returned camera. European users were directed to return the camera to their local dealer, for which Polaroid would make a small contribution to a charity.