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250 of 263 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
This camera was an early Christmas gift last year and I find it perfect for what I need. I wanted a camera that took digital pictures, had expandable memory, was easy to use, and printed out pictures directly from the unit. The Polaroid Z340 Polaroid Z340 3x4 Instant Digital Camera with ZINK (Zero Ink) Printing Technology was too much money and bigger in size than I wanted and the Polaroid 300 Polaroid PIC-300P Instant Film Analog Camera (Purple) didn't have the memory ability I was looking for.

After some research of this and the Fuji Instax instant camera line, I settled on this one because of a couple of things.

PROS:

1) The Polaroid Z2300 has the throwback design that ultimately made it more portable than the Fuji Instax cameras. Yes, it is bigger than many purely digital cameras but you have to take into consideration that it has the printer inside. I have no issue with their being actual buttons, at times it is easier for me than having a touchscreen.

2)User friendly memory. I got a 16gb sd card as a promotion and it serves me to be able to selectively print pictures than to just have them print immediately after taking them. I am not the world's best photographer and I wasted many an instant camera in high school due to my lack of skills. Nothing sucked more than finally getting everyone together in the perfect pose at the dance than to press the shutter and find my last picture was already taken :( I have been able to successfully transfer photos from my computer to the sd card to print from Facebook and other cameras, and have also used my phone's micro sd with an adapter to make prints directly using this camera.

Some photos do not show up because they are too high resolution (12MP is where I maxed out.) The Polaroid Z2300 only likes landscape, otherwise you get an error message and cannot print. I set my Polaroid Z2300 at 8MP and the pictures come out nice, very little gets cropped in the printing process. My new phone (HTC ONE 32GB)takes true landscape pics and I found that it will fit the entire picture in the print, but the pictures come out "letter boxed" at the top and bottom with white bars (see customer pics for mine.)

The ability to take video was another selling point as I do not always have enough battery or memory available on my phone to take HD videos. The format is .avi and to my amateur pov looks good, definitely HD quality. Be warned that the video takes up A LOT of memory and the camera only takes up to 32GB SD cards.

3) INSTANT MEMORIES! I love that I can just print out a picture and touch it, use it, rub it and none of those things will mess it up after it's done. The fact that it is also a sticker makes making albums and Smashbooks easier. I have given them out as gifts to friends, use it to make going away presents for coworkers and it has been handy to use as "wallets" like back in the day. My little cousins personalized backpacks and for an avid Disneyland visitor like me, having prints of those memories is priceless.

CONS:
1) Picture quality is not always the best, you have to learn what setting works for what scene. This may be a hassle for some people but since I choose what pictures to print and save, not so much of a dealbreaker, just wanted to point it out to others. Colors are either brilliant and spot on, or slightly orangey. They look better on the computer than the camera's LCD screen. Printouts also can come out washed out but it depends on the picture taken in my pov.

2) Battery life not so good when printing multiples. It tends to run out faster when I am just in a printing session and unfortunately taking out the camera battery deletes the date/time setting, which you have to set before being able to take pictures. The battery is removable though but it does charge through ac adapter only. I have yet tried to charge it through usb. Mine came with all these plug adapters for different countries, which may be useful for those that travel, but I just stored them in the junk drawer. I do plan on getting a new battery for just in case.

3)You will not find ZINK Premium photo papers Polaroid 2x3" Premium ZINK Photo paper - 50-Pack in stores. I have been able to order some off Amazon but if I run out, I cannot just go to the store and get more. Keep that in mind if you are wanting this camera for crafting purposes or events. The paper itself is cheap and I haven't wasted more than a handful in the past year. I believe around $0.50 a print.

If you want a fun camera that helps you shares memories in a unique way, I recommend this camera. This is a gadget in all the sense of the word, not something professional photographers or nitpickers should get, because you will be disappointed. Figure out if your needs are what this camera can give you, because I am thoroughly happy with mine and will be giving one to my cousin now that the price has gone down.
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236 of 256 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
I give this 4 stars because it is a bit bulky, the materials feel pretty cheap and it feels a bit like a toy camera. The little latch in the back to open the camera and insert the zink paper is really flimsy. I accidentally bumped it once and all the papers fell out. The power button on top can easily be accidentally toggled as well. I've resorted to keeping a rubberband around the body to keep it from opening. It is only a little bit inconvenient that in order to review your pictures you have to move over the little slider to the playback option, much like older cameras, rather than a playback button - but that's just a minor complaint.

Other than that, for $160, you get a fully functioning 10 mp camera. The pictures look much better on the computer than what you see on the LCD screen. The prints are pretty good, though definitely not film quality. This camera is to be used more for fun and you should not expect anything close to professional quality. You do get a few cool options, like color selection when taking photos, and a few frames when you print the pictures. It also takes 720p video which is always nice.

Definitely a fun camera and if you buy the paper online, prints are pretty cheap.
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132 of 147 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2013
I bought this camera to use for my wedding. We had a photo guest book so people could take their own pictures and put them in our book. This camera was very user friendly and the quality of the photos was great too. Perfect for our intended use.
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130 of 150 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
If you like using your phone to take instagrams your going love this camera! Insert sd card and choose the prints you want to print. Sticky backed photos perfect for scrapping. You can also upload to Mac or windows and print off larger images. Best of all, the instant camera prints are only 50 cents a piece. Not bad for instant crafting.
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73 of 88 people found the following review helpful
I bought this camera as a novelty item but expected something better than a marginal device. The camera's sensor is on par with a 2009 cell phone camera; granted, I didn't expect stellar images and in no way was this intended to replace my DSLR, but I had hoped that images viewed on a computer would be at least decent. Not so. Images in low light are very difficult to accomplish and the flash doesn't help with the results (muddy, grainy prints.

The 'fun' part of the camera is printing images on the paper which double as stickers - while it is neat to be able to print images immediately, the glitz wears off once you realize that the images fade very rapidly - I took some pictures of employees at work when I first bought the camera and now the images are just blue blobs that resemble the employees. The printing does work, but as others have mentioned, the printing function kills the battery. Another unfortunate feature is that the proprietary charging cable is lost (as in my case), there doesn't seem to be an easy way to get one - I imagine I will have to call Polaroid because the cable is not available on Amazon or the Polaroid website.

I gave the camera two stars because there is a certain level of fun when first using the camera and if you don't take it too seriously, it does deliver a good time and if the camera is for a kid, for example, they will overlook the menus, the size of the camera, etc. Of course, at $200, this is a pretty expensive toy - mine has been on a shelf for months and it doesn't look like a need is going to come up for me to want to use it again.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2014
I've read a handful of reviews on different sites and it seems like people either really love it, or really hate it. In my case, I really love it. It seems like the most complaints I've seen were from people who either think the camera is too big, or picture quality is not that great. I'm assuming these people have never had an actual Polaroid camera. If you compare this camera to the top cameras on the market today, of course you're going to set yourself up for disappointment.

Now looking at the camera on a more realistic level of comparison, going from a very large and bulky analog polaroid camera with little to no control of how an image is going to turn out to this--it's quite the difference. This camera is about the nostalgia of a Polaroid exposure with slightly better picture quality and the luxury of choosing which photos you want to print. If you look at the camera from that perspective then you'll understand why I gave it such a great review. It's great for what it is. Don't expect it to be more than that. It's a great, thought out, fun product.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2014
it's a camera that prints out your pictures, but not a classic polaroid. i bought the fujifilm instax mini 7s for a third of the price and i'm much happier. this is an okay camera, but i feel that there are better out there. i've tried the polaroid 300 and didn't care for it either. the fujifilm cameras are the way to go
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
im not a photographer, but i think the pictures come out pretty well. you do have to purchase an extra sd card and more paper refills, but it was worth it. i love it and i would recommend it to many people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2015
Ok, After reading reviews from multiple reviewers, I knew that this camera wasn't going to be small, but I didn't think it was going to be that big either. That wasn't a problem for me. It's fine if I just bring it out once in a while, but it's not something I would have just laying in my hand bag. It takes pretty decent pictures with the correct film, but my problem with the camera is that the picture you take is not a 2x3 photo, but the film is 2x3, which means when you print your picture, parts get cut off. This was something NO ONE has mentioned or noticed (I guess). The other thing is that this camera has frames for pictures you have taken. I thought it was pretty cool and loved it! I thought the frames were kind of cute...but it was not cool when I printed the pictures out. You first need to take a picture, then you can add a frame. The problem with this is that you can't tell what's going to get covered up by the frames. I wasn't able to readjust the picture to make everything fit. Some reviewers mentioned that your photo will just get smaller to fit into the frame, which is NOT true. Then when you print out the photo, the frames get cut off because they are not within the 2x3 size. the picture you take and the picture you print out are not the same size. I feel that this is very deceiving to the customer. If you are going to digitize something, make sure it works when you are printing both from the camera and computer. I wasted film because I was trying to figure out if it was just me or the camera. If Polaroid can fix this so what you see on the camera screen is the same as what will be printed out (with the frame) , then I would definitely buy this camera again, but for now, I think I'd just rather return the camera and get my money back. I really like that it's a digital camera and I was fighting with myself about whether or not to return it, but I think I have to return the camera if it's not meeting all of my standards for it. If the camera is supposed to print out 2x3 photos, then they should make the screen 2x3, so that the whole picture fits and there should be an option to shrink the image to fit the whole picture into the frame. There is an option to shrink the photo, but that's only when you make a collage...so sad, but I will have to return this camera. I really do like it a lot and I hope polaroid can fix these things so that I can print out photos with cute frames straight from the camera. Currently, the photos I took are of family and I don't want to post those on the internet, so I'll add a photo to show you what I'm talking about in the near future, before I return the camera.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
I absolutely love my new camera, and it causes raves whenever I show off the instant print feature. One thing to be aware of, however -- there is a button on the side of the case (looks like a mountain and a flower). If you accidentally put it in macro mode (flower shows up on the screen) your pictures and videos will be blurry. Restoring factory settings won't help -- just push that little switch to the mountain! Now it's awesome again :)
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