Garrett Dome is a GW sophomore majoring in philosophy. Polaroid co-founder Edwin Land with an SX-70 and an SX-70 snapshot in his Cambridge, Massachusetts office on November 1st, 1972. Photo: Joyce Dopkeen/Getty Images What makes a gadget great? Polaroid also managed to figure out early on that digital imaging would be important without benefiting much from that insight. Unlike the SX-70, most Polaroid cameras of the 1980s and 1990s were short on features that would prompt consumers who already owned a perfectly good instant camera to buy a new one. A 1990 Polaroid patent for a digital camera with a detachable printer. This happens as you focus through the view finder. It’s not merely the camera you are focusing; you are focusing yourself.