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Be the life of the party.
on November 16, 2011
Anyone who loved using Polaroid or Instant cameras in the past, this little (sort of) gem is going to make you do the Charlie Brown happy dance.
I took this baby out the first night that I got it and while it is a bit bulkier than my tiny point and shoot, it is way more fun. My friends and I were backstage at a show and we were able to take photos with the band and have them autograph the photos for us. Not to mention when was the last time you got a group of people standing around laughing at pictures you just took.
As much as I love my new friend maker, there are a number of pros and cons.
The amount of visual effects that can be added to the pictures is staggering considering that this camera is doing a lot to begin with.
There are 10 different borders from snowflakes, and hearts to standard Polaroid, and for the vintage peel apart enthusiast there is a border just for you.
A multitude of shooting programs from the standard come with every camera (daylight, night, portrait, landscape) to a plethora of fun ones like LOMO, snow (for shooting against snowy background), party, soft skin, flowing water, fisheye, and my personal favorite pre-composition where you can take a picture as a reference first and then shoot the subject in front of the precaptured image.
In addition there are also color options like vintage polaroid, b&w, sepia, and b&w w/ vignetting.
Since it has a memory chip you can give away the printed pictures because have them saved.
The Zink paper doesn't tear.
People are so fascinated by it that you will be required to play show and tell. This gets worse once you print because everyone will want a copy for themselves, and even though the Zink paper is cheaper than the Polaroid film was, at approx. $.60 per print this could get expensive fast.
The battery will only print about 25 shots before dying. I also haven't found a place to purchase an additional battery pack.
The only way to check the battery is to turn the camera on. I wish they had put an indicator light on the outside so you can see when it's safe to unplug. I personally prefer to charge my batteries outside of the camera.
The camera will only hold 10 sheets of paper at a time. Which means you are dragging packs of paper with you.
The printing process is relatively slow, not quite as slow as waiting for a Polaroid to develop, but it won't be shooting that picture out with the speed of it predecessor.
It's the size of the Spectra, so it not going to be sliding into a back pocket or tiny handbag.
It does have a learning curve as I kept finding features but then not being able to locate them again later.
All in all a well made product that brings back a bit of the Polaroid fun days. While I agree it is sitting at a bit of a high price point, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
And if you are Amazon does returns.
P. S. I have read a number of reviews on various other sites with people saying that Polaroid isn't useful any longer as they can capture images with their phones and load directly to Facebook to share. To those people I can only say you are absolutely correct. You can do all of those things and this camera is definitely not for you. Please move on. You don't get it and quite frankly those who do don't feel like explaining it to you.
UPDATE: THERE IS A CARD IN THE BATTERY SLOT THAT SAYS REMOVE BEFORE INSERTING BATTERY. IT IS A BIT HIDDEN SO LOOK FOR IT.