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New Polaroids: An idea that's past its time

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  May 20, 2010 06:00 AM

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Two years after it halted production of instant film, Polaroid is back -- after a fashion.

Actually, what we've got are a couple of new cameras that bear little resemblance to Polaroid classics from decades past. One is an oddly shaped Japanese import that shoots cramped, wallet-size images. The other is a run-of-the-mill digital camera mated to a built-in photo printer. It's hardly a return to greatness for Polaroid; more, it's a lackluster reminder of what we've lost.

> Read more of Hiawatha Bray's Tech Lab column

SIDEBAR: The Globe's art critic likes the new Polaroids

TIMELINE: Polaroid through the years

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