Polaroid SnapTouch is a digital camera, associated to a Zink paper printer in 2 x 3
inch mini format. The Polaroid companies have launched different
printer/camer combinations during the last several years. It began with
the small portable PoGo printer, launched in 2008, which was very
successful. The waterproof 2x3 stickers in vivid colours created a hype
inspite of the small format, credit card size, 5x7.5 cm. Maybe the
affordable paper price helped a lot. In 2012 they launched the Z2300
camera/printer combination, based on the same technology, the camera
being only a little bit bigger than the printer alone. At a price of
around 200€ it was quite expensive.
In 2015 Polaroid lanunched a new basic version, completely re-designed,
the Polaroid Snap. This camera has no screen, you can just shoot and
print. With the launch of the Polaroid SnapTouch in 2017 you have a
full featured camera again, with touchscreen, the possibility of
the pictures before printing and even a smart phone app.
Some pictures: The box...
... from the other side.
What's in the box. Camera, USB cable, strap, 10 sheets and a very small instruction book.
Backside. The paper compartment sits under the lid with its touchscreen surface.
Open, the lid is magnetic.
on. As the on/off button releases the flash mechanically, it has to be
pushed in firmly. The selfie mirror next to the flash is (too) tiny.
Big shutter release button. The microphone sits in the little opening
under the lens.
The 13MP files (4224 x 3168 pixels) weigh around 4.5 MB, they are
clear. The sensor can't be very large, given the size of the lens. The
digital zoom produces more blur, but it's not visible on prints.
Zoom or not, the files are always the same size, 4224 x 3168 pixels and
the EXIF always says 4mm focal length, but gives you informtion about
the flash. The camera automatically adjusts the ISO.
The images are in landscape mode. There is a smartphone app
that gives you more choices and lets you print pictures taken with your
smartphone. The app pairs via bluetooth and is easy to use.
Specs taken from the web:
Lens: 3.4mm wide angle, 25.8mm in 35mm equiv.
3.5" LCD Touch Screen 153.000 dots (460k)
Technical Specs from the Polaroid website:
Item Weight: 0.47 pounds = 213 gr.
Product Dimensions: 2.95 x 0.98 x 4.72 inches = 7.5 x 2.5 x 12 cm
Item Model Number: POLSP01B
Removable Memory: Up to 128GB
Primary Camera: 13 megapixel digital camera
Raise viewfinder to power on. Lower to power off.
6 picture modes (normal, black & white, vintage, Polaroid border logo format in normal, black & white and vintage)
Battery low indicator
No paper indicator
Photo booth mode
Micro SD card slot (up to 128GB)
Built-in lithium ion battery
Available in Black, White, Blue, Purple, Pink and Red
short reviews by geeks on pre-production models, handed out on fairs, I
have not seen many serious tests. Those I have seen didn't give too
good ratings. Let us face it: this is a gadget. It is not a serious camera.
BTW: there is little serious information about technical
specifications. We know nothing about the size of sensor, nothing about
the lens. There are more print features than with Polaroid Pop. Darken/lighten is possible, also printing without frames.
The touch screen is quite big, touch response is OK, but could be
better. Focussing is on the slow side and sometimes misses it,
especially in low light. I like the possibility to see the pictures
before printing, you don't waste paper for bad shots. Battery life is
not very long, but other systems that I know are not much better.
picture quality is fine. I have compared it to other instant systems on
the market, the others are no better. Colours are vivid, resolution is
fine and as far as I know Zink paper doesn't fade too quick. The camera
is fun to use and makes sharing the photos easy. That's what it's made
for: fun and sharing.