Polaroid Snap instant digital camera with Zero Ink (ZINK) printing now available

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The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera that was announced last month is now shipping in the US (price: $99.99). The Snap is a digital camera with Zero Ink (ZINK) printing technology platform:

"The Polaroid Snap instant digital camera uses the revolutionary ink-free Zero Ink® Printing technology developed by ZINK. The key to the ink-free system is the patented ZINK Paper®, an advanced composite material embedded with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals and with a protective polymer overcoat. Before printing, the dye crystals are colorless making ZINK Paper® look like regular white photo paper. The ZINK-enabled Printer uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals. The result is full-color, high quality, long-lasting and smudge-proof images without ink cartridges, ribbons or toner."

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Polaroid Snap features:

  • 10 megapixel digital camera
  • Open viewfinder to power on, Lower to power off
  • Self-timer
  • 6 picture modes
  • Option of Polaroid border
  • Photo booth mode
  • SD card slot
  • Built in lithium ion battery
  • Snap, print, share-no computer connections needed
  • 2x3" full-color printsSmudge-proof, water-resistant, tear-resistant, photos with better picture quality and sticky back for extra funNo Ink. No
  • Hassles. No ink cartridges or ribbons to throw away
  • Integrated ZINK® Instant Printer Produces Full-Color 2x3" Prints in Under 1 Minute (Available Separately)

Additional pictures:

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  • AnthonyH

    No flash = no sale.

    • Spy Black

      Looks like an LED flash up front.

      • AnthonyH

        That’s not a flash, a xenon tube is a flash. An high current LED might be fine for a cell phone but not for a still camera as a flash substitute.

        • Spy Black

          You’re taking this camera WAAAAAY too seriously.

          • AnthonyH

            LOL. Of course I am. I love the idea of an instant camera, but when it ‘s half-assed at $99.00, even a nut like me will pause and not buy it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a novelty instant camera will be used at parties with dim lighting, and poor quality prints from underexposure will make customers unhappy and reduce the chances for the continued manufacture of both instant cameras and the printing media in the long run. I just want a decent, not perfect, instant camera that is digital. Oh well…apparently I do take this more seriously than Polaroid or whatever company holds that name. 🙂

          • Spy Black

            I dunno, LEDs work just fine on a cellphone, this probably has the same sensor as a cellphone. It’s probably just repurposed cellphone guts. I’m sure it’ll be quite functional.

  • fjfjjj

    Great form factor and operational concept. Actually has a chance of avoiding competition with the cameraphone market.

    • Les

      I agree. The only thing I would have done different is to link the lens cover to the viewfinder on-off, or at least put the cap on a hinge.

  • D800GUY

    Fuji’s digital printer uses regular instant film…

  • Spy Black

    What price consumables? Looks like a fun camera.

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