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This camera has some importants firsts: first electronic shutter in a mass-produced camera, first Polaroid pack-film camera. So this is the first camera of a new era, the Pack Film era. No more rolls to fiddle into a camera, just a pack to put and colour film to come soon. The new cameras were automatic, much smaller and easier to handle.

The 100 model was produced from 1963-1966. Although the original retail price was  $164,95 (which would be $1.314,14 in 2016!) there were about 1.200.000 cameras sold. Cheaper versions followed and reached similar production numbers.

The features common to all Pack 100 folding cameras:

    Pull-out front standard with scissor strut design.
    Removable hinged plastic cover protects entire front of camera when camera is not in use.
    Unit focus; focus is controlled by pushing on either side of a sliding arm located near the base of the bellows struts.
    Shutter must be manually cocked, shutter release is on top of camera body.
    PC socket for flash (Model 360 excepted), flashgun is clipped to the top of the camera.

Features of the 100 model:

    Lens: 114mm f/8.8 3-element glass
    Shutter: Electronic; 10 seconds - 1/1200
    Separate window view/rangefinder assembly (hinged base, flips up for use and is held in place with a magnetic catch, folds down for storage and fits inside the camera's plastic cover)
    Viewfinder has projected framelines and automatic parallax compensation.
    Aperture-priority automatic exposure only
    Settings for film speeds of 75, 150, 300, and 3000 ASA.
    "Scene selector" switch which gives choice of two different aperture settings for each film speed setting, lens can be used at full aperture with 3000 ASA film.
    Exposure compensation dial with range of -1/+2 stops ("Lighten/Darken" control).
    Metal body and metal shutter/lens housing; has tripod socket
    Leather carrying strap

Some photos:

The Polaroid 100


Right side


Left side

Seen from above

Closed. The cover has been widened a bit to allow an accessory holder to stay attached.

Folded with attached cover