The Polaroid Pop is a new instant camera that produces the old Polaroid 3×4″ sized photo prints. The Polaroid Pop instant camera combines a digital sensor with an integrated ZINK Zero ink printer for smooth printing. Unlike the Polaroid SNAP and SNAPTOUCH which produces 2×3″ prints, the Polaroid pop produces 3×4″ classic Polaroid prints. The print format is actually 3.5 x 4.5″ with the image occupying 3×4″ while the remaining space is used to create a faux polaroid-style border.
We have compiled an excellent review of the various parts of the polaroid pop instant cameras including a description of the camera, its durability, ease of use, specs as well as pros and cons.
Description And Overview Of The Polaroid Pop Instant Camera
The Polaroid pop instant camera comes with an LCD which you’ll be looking at most often when you taking pictures. The screen is fairly big and will be comfortable for use. At the bottom of the screen and towards the left side, you will find a big red button-A push on this button shoots pictures.
You can easily zoom in or out using the lens or sensor.
At the back of the camera, you will find the camera, lens, and flash. The entire surface of the Polaroid pop is glossy and a little slippery so you’ll have to be careful with it when using it so that it doesn’t drop.
At the top of the camera is where your film prints out. It contains a slot for that, however, don’t be too anxious and pull the film while it is printing. It takes just a few minutes so just leave the job to the camera.
At the bottom of the camera is an opening for your film and micro SD card. You can slip your film in there and also insert an SD card.
Durability and build quality
The Polaroid pop instant camera is built entirely with plastic – well save the screws and screens. A drop from a little height is sure going to cause some damage to the camera so you will have to be careful with it. I find the glossy surface quite a disadvantage-it can easily slip from your hands! There’s no real grip on the camera and that’s a real shame.
Ease Of Use And Connectivity
The Polaroid camera is fairly easy to take pictures with. A simple press on the red button is all that is needed to capture a scene.
It has very simple menus with symbols that can easily be understood also.
The Polaroid pop can also be connected to your smartphone. You can easily turn it into a printer for your smartphone or use your phone to edit your pictures before actually printing them out. Photos print in just a minute. The Polaroid pop can also be used for making videos, so that’s another added advantage.
The Polaroid pop instant camera shoots with ZINK paper. You have the option of letting your image take up the whole 3.5×4.5″ or give it the faux polaroid-style border. Though the print looks cheap, it quite a quality for making scrapbook pages.
Specs of the Polaroid Pop Instant Camera
|Sensor||20MP CMOS sensor|
|Screen||3.97″ digital touchscreen|
|Border||0.5″ polaroid style border|
|HD Video||shoot full 1080p HD video|
|Self timer mode||Yes|
|Flash||Dual LED flash at the front|
|Color||Red, Black, White and Blue|
|Price||Above $200. Comes with 10 sheets of ZINK prints|
- Traditional polaroid styled pictures
- Very easy to use
- Build slim for easy handling
- Micro SD for storing your pictures
- Can connect it to your smartphone to edit your pictures
- Easily turn it into a printer for your smartphone
- It’s quite expensive at a price of $200
- It’s built entirely of plastic, it probably will shatter if it drops on a hard surface
- Glossy and slippy surface can easily cause it to slip out of your hands
- Image quality is quite poor
The Polaroid Pop Instant Camera is a nice concept and one which the company can improve on. The camera is quite suitable for taking fun pictures and creating memories. If you are looking for cameras for taking high quality photos, you might want to consider other options but if you are looking for something that will help you take fun images then the Polaroid Pop might be perfect.
The HD videoing ability is another great advantage to consider. Unlike other cameras you can easily make videos with it and what’s more, your photos and videos are permanently stored until you decide to delete them. So you don’t have to worry about losing them by mistake.