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Polaroid Barbie 600 cameras are in hot demand

Malibu Barbie Polaroid 600
(Image credit: Retrospekt)

Interest in Polaroid Barbie 600 cameras has surged, as highly collectible refurbished vintage cameras continue to make a comeback.

Initially offered by, but long since sold out on, the Polaroid websites, officially licensed Polaroid Barbie 600 cameras continue to be sold by Milwaukee, USA-based camera refurbisher Retrospekt.

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Not only does it continue to stock the Polaroid 600 90S Barbie camera (opens in new tab) originally sold by Polaroid, it also carries a very funky miniature keychain (opens in new tab) of the camera (as seen in the video below). It also sells the Polaroid 600 Malibu Barbie (opens in new tab), which it debuted in December 2021 (pictured above).  

The Malibu Barbie Polaroid 600 collaboration came shortlu after Retrospekt launched a bright blue, Pepsi-branded Polaroid (opens in new tab). The Barbie pink and golden yellow camera oozes Californian sunshine vibes and what’s most exciting is it can be completely customized. Each camera comes with over 20 stickers that can be used to decorate it with cute hearts, dreamy palm trees, cool shades or even Barbie herself.

The Polaroid 600 features a 110m, f/4 lens, it has a built-in flash, automatic exposure controls and a fixed focal distance of 4-inches-infinity. Like all retro Polaroid cameras, the battery is built into the Polaroid 600 film cartridges which are 4.2 x 3.5 inches wide so you never need to worry about it not having a charge. 

While the plastic moulded camera housing is brand new, it's made to the original design specification and looks identical to vintage models. Everything else in the camera is made up of refurbished components from cameras produced in the 1980s and 1990s that would otherwise have ended up in the bin. Retrospekt’s team of specialist technicians ensure that old components work just as they would have when they were first made and make sure they will be used for years to come. 

In an increasingly fast-paced world, Retrospekt hopes its cameras will enable people to slow down and enjoy the art of photography through the much-loved medium of instant film. The Malibu Barbie camera was designed to inject a bit of fun into the world of photography and enable people to stand out from the crowd with its Seventies California aesthetic. 

The Malibu Barbie Polaroid 600 might not be everyone's cup of tea but for someone who loves a pink, retro look, it couldn’t be more perfect. It blends funky with functionality while still delivering the Polaroid quality photos we love. It's now on sale and can be purchased directly from the Retrospekt website (opens in new tab) at a starting price of $169. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.

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