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An old classic, correctly reimagined
on February 29, 2016
I have always wanted a Polaroid Camera, and given that instant cameras are a trend again I decided to do a little research about them. I spent a few months comparing different models (the whole Fuji Instax line and the few that Polaroid was selling at the time) and I finally decided to buy this model (Polaroid Z2300).
After almost a year of owning this camera, I can clearly write about the pros and cons of owning this camera:
-First of all, the fact that you can decide which photos you print is so underrated. You can not even imagine the number of times people appear with their eyes closed on the photograph.
-The design is really nice, it is a combination of the old-school, classic design and a modern, contemporary design. It is thicker than a normal digital camera but it is slick enough to put it in your pocket.
-You can edit your photos before you print them. It is really fun to take a photo and apply a black and white filter, or to accentuate the colors, for example.
-It has a lot of different modes, some more common than others (night, fisheye, fireworks, water, kids, party, among many others).
-The film is really cheap, in comparison to the Impossible Project. It is in the same price range as the whole Fuji Instax line but the film the Z2300 uses can also be used as a sticker.
-The build quality is good, it is completely made out of plastic. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from, I bought the white one, and despite all of the use, it is as clean as the first day I got it.
-The print quality is great, despite being a little grainy at times, but it depends on the photo you took. The film is just as Polaroid promotes it: you can touch it right after you printed it and the colors will not move, it resists a little water and it is said to be almost unbreakeable (I did not try this one myself because I did not want to risk losing a photo).
-Despite the fact that the camera’s quality is 10mp, the photographs seem to be of less quality.
-I also bought the Neoprene Pouch and sometimes when I put the camera in it, the On/Off button turns on, so I have to put it in very gently.
-Since the film is also a sticker (as I mentioned earlier), after a few months the film starts to curve itself because of the glue it has, so that is one of the biggest letdowns in my opinion. The Fuji Instax does not have this problem because it is a little sturdier and more rigid.
-It does not have a counter to let you know how many papers you have left (like the old Polaroid cameras used to), so from time to time I have to open it (without letting the sun or any kind of light hit it directly so as to not ruin it) and check how many I have left.
Overall, it is a great camera and I recommend it, in spite of the film bending after a few months but it is just a minor setback. If you want to take photos and you are looking for an instant camera, it does not get much better than this.