MINT in case you are not up to date, is a company that has been refurbishing old Polaroid cameras, upgrading them, and reselling them to the modern market. In the case of the SLR-670s Noir, the base Polaroid model that makes up the majority of the camera is none other than the trusty old Polaroid SX-70. They’re also the makers of the TL70.
The interesting point about the MINT SLR-670x Noir is that any of the Polaroid SX-70 cameras that they are building these out of were originally manufactured over 40 years ago. They are not usually in the best condition and can require plenty of spit and polish to get to an acceptable state. One thing that MINT is doing to make sure these cameras are it top working order is completely replacing the internal motherboard and updating it to a more modern one. This helps to ensure that there are no issues with the camera due to the extremely outdated motherboard in the original SX-70s.
In terms of the styling and look, MINT is releasing these new SLR-670s Noir cameras with a classic black look with gold and silver accents. The first 20 orders will also receive a special card signed by the MINT team behind the project.
The two new auto modes, A100 and A600, are designed to be used with low ISO and high ISO films to make the auto-exposure process more accurate to those different types of film. In terms of manual mode, you also get access to 1/2000th of a second (a nice upgrade over the original SX-70 cameras) as well as all the usual manual mode adjustments you would expect.
This pricing on these ‘new’ SLR-670s Noir cameras is where most of you will have a hard time swallowing the pill. MINT will be selling the camera for $675, likely a justified cost given the amount of work and changes they have made to the original SX-70. However, given the relative expensiveness and growing scarcity of Polaroid compatible film, one would not be out of sorts to wonder if it would be $675 well spent – especially considering the digital camera options in that price range.
That said, for film and Polaroid enthusiasts this will be virtually a no-brainer. Those interested can get their orders in now over on the MINT website, here.