Polaroid Snap camera takes instant photos without ink
Still pining for the days when snapping a Polaroid and instantly (well, almost) showing a finished printed photo to your friends was a hot thing?
Well, Polaroid is still here (more precisely, at IFA Berlin) and it just announced the Polaroid Snap, a digital camera that can immediately print out a photo, and it doesn’t even need ink to do it.
The trick is in the Zero Ink printing technology developed by a company called ZINK. Instead of using ink, the camera uses special printing paper which contains cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals under a protective polymer coating. The ZINK-enabled printer inside the Polaroid Snap camera then activates those crystals to create a full-color photo.
The photos are 2 inches x 3 inches in size — sometimes also called wallet size — which is a bit smallish but big enough for a quick, printed memory.
And while the no-ink thing sounds handy, it leaves the question of the price of ZINK papers (which, with their adhesive backs, also function as stickers). You can get a 50 pack of 2×3-inch ZINK paper for $24.99 at Amazon.
If you wish, you can have the photo printed in a larger size later, as Polaroid Snap takes 10-megapixel photos and has a microSD slot holding memory cards with up to 32GB of capacity. The camera has several simple presets — color, black and white and vintage — a selfie timer, and a photo booth mode, which takes six photos in 10 seconds.
Polaroid Snap will be available in four colors — black, white, red and blue — in the fourth quarter of 2015 for $99.
Source by mashable