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1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Camera for the Price, September 23, 2012
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This review is from: Polaroid Z2300 10MP Digital Instant Print Camera (White) (Electronics)
I had high hopes for this camera as a simple one for my wife to use. Unfortunately, the camera lacks some key capabilities for a camera in it's price range:

No auto focus - the 3 zone focus switch found on less expensive Polaroid instant cameras should have been replaced by full auto focus. My wife inevitable gets frustrated trying to set the focus correctly.

Poorly conceived switching between shooting and image viewing mode - when even $60 digital cameras have a little button to go into image viewing mode and return to shooting mode when you depress the shutter button, Polaroid chose to use a switch like the one for focus selection. My wife constantly complains about missing shots because she forgot to switch the camera back to shooting mode.

The camera is bigger than I expected. The photos of the camera and the small size of the printer paper make it look like it's smart phone thin. It's not. It's over 4 1/2 inches long, 3 inches wide and nearly 1 1/2 inches thick. It's also pretty heavy at 11 ounces with battery and printing paper.

The battery doesn't last all that long, especially if you print out your pictures, and I don't see why anyone would buy this camera, if they didn't expect to print pictures directly from the camera. The battery had to be recharged before we took and printed a 10 sheet pack of paper.

The printed pictures are quite small and the quality is not that good. Pictures with flash are especially poor.
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Initial post: Aug 29, 2013 12:53:07 PM PDT
Abe Vigoda says:
Bad review.
Sounds like you are blaming the camera instead of blaming the person who cant remember to switch the focus setting or to switch it from viewing mode to camera mode. Instant cameras are not like digital cameras and need to be treated differently.
As far as the batteries not lasting long enough; give it a break. The small battery is powering up the camera as well as a mechanical mechanism. If you were an engineer and understood how much power is required for the mechanical process then you wouldn't be complaining.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2013 7:53:02 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2013 8:07:40 AM PDT
B. Gerber says:
Guys, I'm a semi-pro degital photographer, film camera collector and was editor in chief of Tom's Hardware. I get tech and mechanical cameras. I own several classic Polaroids, including 2 wonderful, still working SX-70s. This camera is really bad. Do you own one? Have you ever tried to shoot a picture with one? Have you ever held a print from one in your hand.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2014 1:53:40 AM PST
I have a professional camera as well as a smart phone, and I know how to take photos, quality, things like that. I also know that it takes a decent person (doesn't matter if you are good with them, your spouse has to have decent know-how as well) to properly function a piece of technology. If I had my boy friend my Canon DSLR, he only knows to focus and hit the shutter, but he won't down rate the camera simply because he can't change the shutter speed, F stop, or other settings. This camera isn't for someone who needs a point and shoot. It's a toy Polaroid camera. It's not perfect, but it's not horrible. I love the idea of taking polaroid photos, and I think this is a neat idea. Sure, it's not perfect. But it makes great memories that when you look back it's a great thing to see, good quality or not. Don't downrate something because you didn't do your research and properly purchase the right item for your needs. That's not the camera's fault.
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