Meet the TimeZero.
The Polaroid OneStep TimeZero was launched in 1981 as a replacement for the original OneStep, which was made by Polaroid from 1977 to 1980. The original Polaroid OneStep traditionally had the white face plate, but the TimeZero only came in black. I believe it was also the only Polaroid camera to have a square shutter button instead of round.
The body of the TimeZero is completely plastic, and has one lens with a fixed aperture of f14. It was named TimeZero because of a breakthrough in their SX-70 film packs, which claimed to punch out a faster-developing instant photo.
As with all Polaroids made before the OneStep+ in 2017, the camera is powered just by putting in the film pack. Inside the film pack is a slim 6 volt zinc-chloride battery, which would power the internal motors; exposure control, the light sensor, and also is responsible for communicating with the flash on when to fire.
My favorite feature of the TimeZero is the square red button, and the fact that this camera was featured on Seinfeld, S6 E17 "The Kiss Hello" (1995).
The TimeZero can be equipped with either the Flash Array, which is a row of mini flashbulbs (pictured above), or the battery-powered Q-light flash. (The Q-light flash can be seen in the video at the beginning of this post.)
I managed to pick one up off eBay for $33 shipped, and besides a nearly mint condition TimeZero, it came with the original camera manual, two film packs that expired in 1996 and 1997, and four mini flashbulbs.
Here are a couple of pictures we took with it, with the new SX-70 Polaroid Originals film pack.
Both featuring me and my kitty, Cosmo. (Comment below if you know who Cosmo is named after!)
Lucas took these pictures using the Q-light attachment, and boy does that thing pack a blinding flash!
Getting the exposure right on the TimeZero can be tricky, because this camera allows you to adjust the cameras sensitivity to light with the small dial on the front, and the Q-light can have the flash intensity adjusted as well. As you can see, I am definitely blown out in these photos. But if I had been properly exposed, then you wouldn't be able to see Cosmo as well. So, It works out in the end. :)
Until next time!