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Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (White) wih ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology
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- Striking Minimalist Design is Reminiscent of all Classic Polaroid Instant Cameras
- Compact Size Slips Neatly Into Your Shirt Pocket; Price is Equally Wallet-Friendly
- 10-Megapixel Sensor Captures Brilliant Images; Micro SD Slot Holds 32GB (Max)
- Integrated ZINK® Instant Printer Produces Full-Colour 2x3" Prints in Under 1 Minute
- Snap Camera, USB Cable, Manual
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|Film Format Type||—||—||Zink||—||Fujifilm Instax Wide Color film||—|
|Item Dimensions||2.5 x 12 x 7.5 cm||7.6 x 11.8 x 3.5 cm||7.49 x 2.2 x 11.5 cm||6.35 x 12.06 x 12.7 cm||—||3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm|
|Item Weight||215 grams||264 grams||200 grams||0.76 kg||0.61 kg||250 grams|
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Nostalgic Polaroid instant photography in a modern package.
Polaroid Snap is the brand’s newest addition to its expanding instant digital camera line, delivering signature Polaroid instant simplicity and spontaneity in a pocket-sized form factor and at an affordable price point. In addition to its compact footprint and classic Polaroid instant camera experience, it combines digital imaging with Zero Ink printing. This enables you to easily print and share physical photos at the push of a button, while saving all your images for easy uploading
Striking Minimalist Design
True to the rest of the brand’s modern line, the Polaroid Snap camera's minimalist design features an updated look that incorporates a number of design elements of legacy Polaroid instant cameras, such as the iconic Polaroid Color Spectrum.
It fits into your shirt pocket – and budget. Despite its many digital technological advancements, the Polaroid Snap is an easy-to-use and an accessible-to-all product at a price point you would expect to pay for an analog instant camera.
10MP and Up to 32GB
Instantly share your life with loved ones in vivid color with features such as a 10MP sensor, a micro SD card slot (32GB max), various capture modes and photo booth mode, Polaroid Classic Border Logo printing format, and an instant selfie self-timer.
ZINK Zero Ink Printing
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However, the colors come up completely wrong. It prints everything towards the blue and green. We have never used it in the end because the photo quality of the print-outs was really too bad. Don't know if this is just our model or if all are like this...but girlfriend not happy...and therefore boyfriend not happy...especially considering this is the most expensive type of polaroid you can get :(
For someone who is in the market for a fun, retro, instant print camera with nostalgia and novelty value that they can take to parties, etc., the Snap is cool enough that despite the fact that you have to buy a pack of ZINK pape in order to use it as it's meant to be used, I can easily rate it 5 stars. But keep in mind that I'm a grandpa who has still has photo albums filled with Polaroids that I took in the sixties. And when I look at what comes out of the Snap, I definitely get the nostalgia effect, especially when I select the print option that puts an old-fashioned Polaroid border around the print. The print quality itself adds to the nostalgia, in that the print quality is apparently designed and intended to be reminiscent of original Polaroid prints.
The Snap has no built-in memory, but it does have a slot for a microSD card. Technically, if you put a microSD card in a Snap, you can use the Snap without ZINK paper, and you can access the images by putting the microSD card into another device or by connecting the Snap to a computer with the included USB cable (which is also the charging cable). But based on my experience, I'd say there'd be no point in using a microSD card in the Snap unless you are also using ZINK paper. Let's say that you're at a party and you take a Snap shot of someone and give them the instant print. If you have a microSD card in your Snap, you can later view that image on a computer or another device, you can upload it to the web, and you can print it out using a printer other than the one that's built into the Snap. (I know there are such things as ZINK printers and it may be the case that it's possible to print Snap shots saved to microSD on ZINK paper in ZINK printers but I have no idea if that's the case. I had to purchase a package of ZINK paper in order to use the Snap so I could review it - you cannot review an instant print camera if you don't first use it to create some instant prints - and the ZINK paper doesn't come with instructions, other than a less-than-informative image on the foil packages that hold the ZINK paper, and I cannot find instructions on the ZINK site. I had to watch a YouTube video to make sure I was loading the ZINK paper into the Snap correctly. I'll explain the process below.)
The Snap has no display and thus there is no way on the Snap itself to view images you've taken that have been saved to a microSD card. You can only view such images by connecting the Snap to a computer or by removing the microSD card from the Snap and putting it in a device that has a display. Again, the Snap is not designed to be a highly functional digital camera; it's designed to be a Polaroid instant print camera with fun, retro, nostalgia, and novelty value, and it certainly does have all that going for it.
The ZINK paper used in the Snap measure 2x3 inches (50mm x 76.2mm, which is business card size. (Imagine if Patrick Bateman had a Snap.*) For comparison purposes I'm looking at one of the Polaroids that I mention above that I took in the sixties, and the paper measures 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" (88.9mm x 107.95mm) and it has the classic Polaroid white border, which reduces the image itself to 3 1/8" x about 3 1/16" (79.375mm x 77.7875mm). You can get the classic border on Snap prints, and with the border the Snap print on ZINK paper image itself measures 2 7/16" by a hair under 1 3/4" (61.9125mm x 44.45mm).
Next to the button on top of the Snap that you press before taking a shot if you want to add a border to your print (the border option does not get saved to a microSD card), is a button that you press to select color print, sepia, or black and white.
The Snap has a lens cover that is held on magnetically. There is no way to attach it to the Snap, e.g., so that it can be removed from the lens and left hanging from the Snap, and I would imagine that some Snap users will misplace their Snap lens covers. And unlike digital cameras that warn if not prevent you from taking shots when the lens cover is on, if you forget to remove the Snap lens cover and you press the shutter button and you have ZINK paper in the Snap, it will print a black print and you'll be out the fifty cents or so US that piece of ZINK paper cost you. I speak from experience as I did this twice.
One thing in particular that I don't like about the Snap is the view finder, which also functions as an on/off button. Gently press an edge of the folded-down view finder and it pops up and the Snap comes to life, as indicated by tiny flashing LEDs on the back. It's way too easy to accidentally cause the view finder to pop up, and as I say, when it does, the Snap turns on. I wouldn't even consider tossing the Snap into a bag without it being in some kind of protective case, simply to make sure that the view finder doesn't accidentally pop up. (I'd also be afraid that the lens cover could easily get knocked off in a bag. the Snap does not come with a protective case, so that's something else some owners may need to buy. A case that has interior dimensions of at least 4 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 1 3/8" or 123.825mm x 82.55mm x 34.925mm should work.)
Another thing I don't like is that the Snap, like so many gadgets with built-in rechargeable batteries these days, does not have a user-replaceable battery. The Snap is one of the many electronic devices that may end up in the piles of electronic junk that William Gibson presciently envisioned in his 1984 cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer. C'est la vie.
As I mention above, ZINK paper (or at least the 30-pack I purchased that I link to above) comes with minimal, unhelpful instructions in the form of a simple image. Here's how to correctly load ZINK paper into the Snap: ZINK paper ships in packs of 10 in sealed foil packages; thus a 30-pack consists of 3 foil packages, each of which has 10 sheets of ZINK paper in it, and you can load up to 10 sheets at a time in the Snap. In each 10-pack is a blue card that has bar codes printed on it. This card must be inserted into the Snap along with the ZINK paper. If your Snap is on a table face down (lens cover down), you open the back, and put the pack of ZINK paper plus the blue card into the open back of the Snap with the blue card facing down (toward the lens and table). The first time you take a shot, the blue card is going to come out of the Snap before the first piece of printed ZINK paper comes out. (And as long as you've remembered to remove the lens cap before taking your very first Polaroid Snap shot, that piece of ZINK paper should have an image on it.) It might be a good idea to save the blue card. Again, here is where some actual instructions from Polaroid and/or ZINK would come in handy. I found a comment by one user of a Polaroid Pogo, which is an earlier version of the Snap, wherein he said that when some prints weren't coming out good, possibly because the ZINK paper he was using was old, he ran the blue card through the Pogo a few times and this made a positive difference in the print quality.
There was no user manual in the Snap I received to review, but at present there is one in PDF format on the Amazon US product page under Product Details.
The Snap can be mounted to a tripod and the small, inexpensive JOBY GorillaPod Original is a perfect size. I own one and have used it with the Snap.
I've posted three photos that I hope will be somewhat helpful. In one I simply show the Snap with two photos printed on ZINK paper, one of which has the optional old-fashioned Polaroid white border around the image. Then, to show you that the Snap is not designed to give us the kind of digital (non-printed) image quality we've come to expect from phones and other devices, I took two photos with the same lighting, one with an inexpensive Nokia Lumix cell phone, and the other with the Snap. I cropped the photos but otherwise left them unretouched. And you can hopefully see why you would not want to rely on a Snap for high quality digital images.
If you want to buy a Snap as a gift for someone, keep in mind that they won’t be able to use it as it’s intended without some ZINK paper, which you will have to purchase separately. The Snap I received came charged and ready to take shots, so if a gift recipient gets a new Snap and paper at the same time, they should be able to start taking Polaroids within minutes. (I didn’t know that the Snap would come without any Zink paper at all, so I had to order some and wait a few days before I could use the Snap as it’s intended to be used.)
It’s now late October and I look forward to using the Snap when I accompany my grandchildren when they go trick or treating on Halloween. And I’m sure the Snap will be great fun at holiday parties. Be sure to pocket the cap so you don’t lose it, and if you think you might give prints away and you want to be able to see the shots you’ve taken, be sure to put a microSD card in the Snap.
I should mention the focus of the Snap: there is none. No focus, no zoom, just like early Polaroid cameras. That’s part of the charm. And the viewfinder is just adequate for framing a shot. If you want to do a selfie or otherwise include yourself in a photo, there is a 10 second timer button, but you’ll have to first use the viewfinder to make sure you’ll be standing within the frame.
I received a sample Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera to review.
*(Patrick Bateman is the antihero and narrator of Brett Easton Ellis’s novel, American Psycho, whose character is portrayed by actor Christian Bale in the 2000 film adaptation. The business card scene in the 2000 movie is well-known enough that many readers will get my gratuitous reference, but many won't, thus this note.)
However, after 100 photos the camera now doesn't work. If I try and take a photo it freezes and all the buttons light up. Only way to be able to take another photo is to allow the battery to drain and recharge. Then I can take one more photo before it freezes again.
Really really disappointing as it was an expensive purchase and should be able to take more than 100 polaroids.