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Polaroid Camera Spectra QPS - Film Tested Working

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This is an awesome camera that I have cleaned up and tested. It is in excellent working condition. I have tested it with PZ600 Silver Shade Film from The Impossible Project.

I have cleaned up the camera and lens with rubbing alcohol and a whole lot of Q-tips and cotton balls. The top and bottom of the camera is a little worn in some areas where the material is a somewhat soft material that is used for gripping as well as the strap which is fraying on the ends (you can see in the picture), but the inside is pristine and there does not seem to be anything that is rusted.

This has an autofocus, so it takes the guesswork out of focusing your subject. It works with a radar, so be careful taking pictures out of windows and clear panels, because the sonar will bounce back from that point. This camera also has six different switches on the back. You can choose whether or not the focus readout in the finder shows in feet or meters, if the camera will make any noises, a timer option, autofocus on/off (off sets the focus to infinity), flash on/off, and exposure compensation. Most Polaroid camera's do not give you the option to turn on and off the flash, so it's pretty awesome that the Spectra System gives you the choice. The viewfinder is still on the camera. Many older Polaroids have long lost it, but this one is still intact! I have taken some photos with this camera and they are awesome! I mainly took pictures indoors with the flash. The last picture is a Polaroid taken with this camera of my bookshelf.

Camera History:

Spectra System:

One of the most advanced Polaroid Instant Cameras with fully optioned control panel among other key features! For those times that call for a photo on the spot, the Polaroid Spectra QPS 1200 Instant Camera will more than fit the bill. Whether you need an instant photo for fun, insurance claims, or other documentation purposes, this camera will become your friend for life. Just aim and shoot, and the Spectra QPS 1200 will do the rest, giving you a full-color image in a matter of seconds. An automatic 10-zone focus means that your shots will always be crisp and clear, and a built-in flash with a range of two to 15 feet is excellent for low-light conditions, but also compensates for shadows in bright-light conditions. The camera powers up in a mere six seconds, with a rapid recharge indicator telling you when you can snap the next shot. The Spectra QPS 1200 relies on a fully automatic, 125-millimeter, three-element lens with 10-zone Quintic that provides a focal distance from two feet to infinity. (An optional close-up accessory that's sold separately reduces the focal distance to 10 inches.) With an aperture of f10 to f45, and a shutter speed range of 1/245 to 2.8 seconds, the Spectra QPS 1200 is versatile enough to meet a wide array of your photographic needs. AutoFocus-Advanced Sonar ranging system provides extra clarity and sharpness, from 2 feet to infinity. Self Timer-Appear in your own pictures Electronic Viewfinder-Displays distance and exposure information AutoFlash- Flash range from 2 to 15 ft Flash & Autofocus override-More photographic control Control Panel-Override automatic funcitons for greater creativity Simple to use-Never needs batteries Spectra Film (not included)-Sharper detail and color contrast compared to 600 series instant film. Larger format. Integrated Battery! Remote Control (sold seperately) input port. Integrated tripod mount. Exposure control- lighten and darken at your command

The Impossible Project is also currently selling several random Spectra Cameras for a crazy amount of money. Check them out, but why go to them, when you can get a perfectly clean working camera plus the case here for so much less!!

You can find film from the Impossible Project in Black and White and in Color

I would also go over their individual websites that talk about the film itself. I went through a lot of film before I started to get the hang of it. I would read the following:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

**** All of my "film tested" cameras are tested with actual film, and not an empty film cartridge to see if it powers up and goes through the motions. I am making sure that everything works (shutter, mechanics, spreader bars, etc.. ), and that the pictures come out and are able to develop. Film is not cheap so that is why the cameras are a little more expensive than some other shops. I am giving you the peace of mind that the camera is definitely going to work when you put unused film in it! ***

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Polaroid Camera Spectra QPS - Film Tested Working


  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: camera, polaroid
  • Feedback: 281 reviews
  • Ships from California, United States to select countries.