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This camera has some importants firsts: First camera using Polaroid integral print films. First ever production SLR with an entirely folding body.

The first SX70 model model was introduced in 1972. Although the original retail price was  $180, clever marketing made it a big success. No more film to peel, really instant photos right out of the camera. There were several versions with minor improvements (it had no tripod socket and no strap lugs on the first model), and there were different colour combinations. As it's a good camera and a real SLR, prices are still quite high. Beware of the Model 3, this isn't a SLR, so don't pay a lot of money for it.

Features of the SX70 model:
    4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens
    Minimum focus: 10.4 inches
    Front-cell focusing via geared wheel at top of lens/shutter housing
    Electronic shutter
    Programmed automatic exposure, shutter speeds from >10 sec to 1/175; aperture range f/8- f/22; smaller apertures possible when flash is used
    Auto flash exposure based on focus distance, Max flash distance 20ft.
    Built-in Flashbar socket for flash. Accessory electronic flashes were also available
    Socket for an electrically-actuated remote shutter release
    SLR (Single-Lens Reflex) viewing and focusing
    Chrome-plated plastic body with genuine leather covering, later different colours and faux leather
    Size: 182 x 106 x 44mm (folded)
    Weight: 667g

Some photos:

The Polaroid SX70 and an electronic flash. This flash model can be attached to models without tripod mount and provides the missing mount.


Left side

Back and front.

Seen from above

Closed and its bag..

Seen from the bottom. Flash can be attached to the base if not used. Tripod mount.