The rainbow striped Polaroid 1000 is a plastic-bodied instant camera with single-element 103mm plastic lens, a f14.6 fixed aperture, fixed focus with minimal focal length of 4 feet, electronic shutter and an exposure adjustment knob surrounding the camera’s electric eye.

The camera has a socket for (now defunct) flashbars or electronic flash units, such as the Polatronic 1 flash on our camera, which was specifically designed with the 1000 in mind to ensure a coordinated, if slightly ungainly, appearance. On release, the $40 Model 1000 became the best-selling camera of the 1977 Christmas shopping season.

The 1000 uses Polaroid’s SX-70 film, which came in a cartridge containing 10 prints with an integrated battery which powered the camera. Compared with 35mm cameras of the time, this camera was a revelation - after pressing the green shutter release button, the exposed film was ejected and gradually developed into a visible image within a couple of minutes, without the need to take the film into a specialist shop for developing.

The 1000 used technology first used on Polaroid’s classic 1972 SX-70 Land Camera. Though expensive at $180, the SX-70 was popular in the 1970s and retains a cult following today. Eminent artists and photographers such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton, praised and used the SX-70.

The Polaroid Corporation stopped producing instant film in 2008, when digital technology had made the mobile phone most people's instant camera of choice. Since then the Impossible Project has reverse-engineered the technology to produce instant film and carried out a refurbishment on old Polaroid Cameras, particularly the classic SX-70 models. Impossible Film costs approximately £16 for eight exposures and takes about 45 minutes to develop - far longer than the original Polaroid films.

Compared with a modern digital camera or smartphone, the Polaroid 1000 is big, hands-on, clunky, somewhat difficult and the results can be hit-and-miss. Modern digital devices can be streamlined, compact, easy, and fail-safe in terms of the end results – simply shoot and delete until you capture the image you want. Analogue is “authentic", though digital though doesn’t (yet) have the benefit of nostalgia on its side.