- Photo (or darkslide) does not eject from camera
- Can be either upon insertion of a new pack of film or after you take a photo
- Flash may or may not fire, camera may or may not make a sound
- If the issue occurs halfway through a film pack, and the first few pictures have ejected correctly, then the battery of the film pack is weak or empty.
- If you have inserted the film but the cardboard darkslide doesn’t eject at all, the issue could be with either the camera or the film.
- Corroded battery contacts – this can be on either the camera or on the film cassette.
How to avoid:
- Dead battery
- Please note that the flash and the ejection of the photo are triggered by the battery of the film pack. If you leave your camera open for a long time, the battery will be gradually drained. Make sure to close your camera whenever you aren’t using it, to prevent the flash loading and draining your film pack’s battery.
- Dark slide ejection failure
- Try to re-insert this pack of film. If that still doesn’t work, try inserting a different pack of film. If the camera won’t eject the darkslide for either pack, then your camera is defective and will need to be repaired.
- Corroded battery contacts
- Older Polaroid cameras may have corroded or soiled battery contacts, preventing them from connecting with the battery properly. The contacts in the camera are two copper springs that extend from the bottom of the film compartment. You can either try to clean them with a flat, slim object (such as a flathead screwdriver) or you simply remove and reinsert the film cassette several times, to scratch possible oxidation and corrosion off of the contacts.