Best For: Creators wanting to take their instant film to another level with FULL manual control.
First off, the clarity of each shot is something that needs to be talked about. The I-2 features a three-element autofocusing lens that blew me away with its sharpness. Moreover, it's equipped with a LiDAR sensor, giving it the smarts to adjust focus based on the subject's distance, which is incredibly handy in those low-light scenarios we all dread.
Don't be fooled by its nod to retro charm; the I-2 is brimming with contemporary features. It's compatible with popular films, including i-Type, 600, and the ever-so-nostalgic SX-70. With a touch of modern-day magic, it boasts Bluetooth connectivity and pairs seamlessly with an app, unlocking a world of excellent remote functionalities.
Regarding performance, the I-2 is nothing short of a superstar in Polaroid's roster. It's armed with a nifty 98mm f/8 lens, akin to a 50mm f/2.8 lens in the 35mm camera world. This feature is particularly noteworthy as it bestows the I-2 with a wider aperture relative to many of its siblings, some peak at f/11 or even f/16. Regarding aperture agility, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Polaroid camera with similar capabilities without time-traveling back to the 80s.
There's a distinctive bokeh effect that I hadn't encountered in my previous instant film escapades.
Truly the most manual you can get with an instant film camera.