Every Polaroid camera model requires power to take a photo. Whether that power is purely mechanical, electrical or a bit of both depends on what film you are using.
Not all models are shown but the notes should be applicable across all cameras taking that kind of film.
|All models except the Electric-Eyes are purely mechanical. Hand tripped shutters mean no batteries and little chance for big problems.
Model 850/900, J33/66 Electric Eyes are powered by mercury cells no longer available worldwide. Use these cameras manually if you can not locate a power source.
Batteries, if applicable, are found on the back of the shutter housing near the bottom left.
|All automatic Polaroid cameras use batteries to power the shutters, and built in timers where applicable. See chart here for which type yours takes and how to modify it for AA/AAAs if it doesn’t already take them.
Without power no camera will expose film because of an electromagnet darkslide.
Manual cameras (180/195), Holgaroids and simple packfilm backs for other camera systems require no power to expose or develop your image.
Batteries can be found inside the back door. (Model 360: inside front hand grip)
|NO integral cameras require batteries.
Power comes from a thin battery inside of every new pack of integral film. Inserting a new pack means a fresh new battery. Flash, autofocus, timers are all powered by this battery.
This means older/expired film may have dead batteries. You can swap the film to a newer film pack with a good battery and save the film from the trash can.
Cameras with flash and AF will drain the battery faster than ones without. Though there is always enough juice for 10 flash pictures so don’t worry.