This camera has some importants firsts: First camera using Polaroid integral print films. First ever production SLR with an entirely folding body.
first SX70 model model was introduced in 1972. Although the original
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.
Polaroid SX70 and an electronic flash. This flash model can be attached
to models without tripod mount and provides the missing mount.
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.