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Polaroid’s Snap camera gets an upgrade, still prints photos instantly without ink
Here’s yet another gadget to covet.
Polaroid refuses to go quietly into the good night. The brand, which has changed hands since the days of its instant film cameras, is continuing its push into digital with an updated version of its Polaroid Snap camera, a retro-looking contraption that lets you take photos and immediately print them sans the use of ink.
Making its debut at CES 2016, the Polaroid Snap+ instant print camera now includes features that makes it more like a digital camera without sacrificing any of the nostalgic fun of instantly printing photos.
The new 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD lets you frame shots better and makes menu navigation easier, while an updated 13 megapixel CMOS sensor (upgraded from 10 megapixels) increases the quality of output images and allows for video recording in 1080p full HD.
A micro SD card slot allows you to store up to 128GB worth of stills and moving footage. It now also has Bluetooth remote connectivity that will let you use an accompanying Polaroid print app—available for both Android and iOS platforms—to connect to and print from your other devices, such as your smartphones and tablets. Through the Polaroid app, much like the hundreds of photo-editing apps out there today, users can edit snaps prior to printing using filters, stickers, effects, and other controls.
Much like its predecessor, the Polaroid Snap+ also uses ZINK paper made of layers of colored dye crystals that are initially invisible to the eye but become fully colored once activated. It does have an added bonus of being able to queue up to ten images for printing, allowing you to take photos in the meantime while the job is ongoing.
Other updates include a self-timer and a pop-up mirror for selfie aficionados, as well as three new color modes—black and white, color, and vintage sepia—and an option to print with or without the memorable Polaroid border.
While pricing for the Polaroid Snap+ instant print camera was not announced at the event, it will be available to order later this year.
Photo via Polaroid
Jam Kotenko is a technology reporter and graphic designer who specializes in coverage of Instagram, Facebook, and other social media apps. Her work has been published by Digital Trends, Bustle, and Gotta Be Mobile.