Polaroid Snap & Polaroid Snap Touch Comparison

In the first part of this post, we will review the Polaroid Snap and later Polaroid Snap Touch. Then we will make comparisons of two models. 

Instant cameras offer a significant fun factor at parties, weddings, vacations, or just for a snapshot in between. 

Thanks to Fujifilm and Polaroid, You can enjoy the impressive experience of instant cameras again. 

Whether analog, digital, different color modes, colorful housings, with or without a tripod, the selection of cameras and accessories is large. It quickly becomes clear that choosing the right instant camera is not always easy. That is why we summarize the most important things for you.

Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera (White) with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology

With the Snap, Polaroid has created a great product. The combo of instant camera and digital camera, which thanks to its high-resolution 10-megapixel sensor takes impressive pictures. 

The camera offers various color modes that allow you to get creative. You can have black and white, vintage, or frame mode to the usual color variants.

The MicroSD slot, designed for 32 GB, allows you to store your precious memories in photographs. This also allows you to save images for later editing. Of course, the camera fulfills its actual purpose and the photos can be printed out directly. 

In contrast to instant cameras without zero ink technology, the images do not require any development time. After activating the trigger, the image is printed out in the desired mode within seconds. 

We were not only surprised by the speed of the printer but also the possibility to use the pictures as stickers. All you have to do is separate the photo from the back like a decal.

Features of the Polaroid Snap

  • Image sensor: 10 megapixels
  • Built-in flash: LED
  • Image size: 2 x 3″
  • Power supply: battery (Li-ion)
  • Objective: f = 2.8 mm
  • Minimum focal length: 3.4 mm
  • Special effects:B / W, vintage, frame
  • Self-timer:10 seconds
  • Memory card: Micro SD (32 GB max.)
  • Dimensions:98 x 4.72 x 2.95 inches
  • Weight:52 ounces
  • Variety of colors for the housing:blue, purple, red, black, white, pink, navy blue
  • Scope of delivery: camera, battery (Li-ion), charging cable

Handling the Polaroid Snap

Due to the lightweight of 7.52 ounces and a size of 0.98 x 4.72 x 2.95 inches, the Polaroid Snap lies very well in the hand. 

Due to the small size, the camera is easy to carry in the shirt pocket or handbag. 

Extensions and accessories

Polaroid and third-party manufacturers offer several accessories and extensions for the Snap. 

Bags, straps, color filters, and many other interesting gadgets are available.

After costs of the Polaroid Snap

Polaroid Zero Ink technology has some advantages over the commonly used technology from Fujifilm (peelable & adhesive back, polymer protective coating. They cost 30% less in use than conventional instant film.

Advantages

  • Easy operation
  • Color selection
  • Easy film change
  • Zero ink technology
  • MicroSD storage space
  • Lightweight
  • Peelable & adhesive back of the pictures

Disadvantages

  • The film not included in delivery
  • No video function

Conclusion

With the Snap, Polaroid has created a good camera with a fun factor. It scores not only with its design and low weight but also with the MicroSD slot and zero ink technology. 

We found the possibility to use the printed pictures as stickers as a nice addition, which has the potential to increase the fun factor again at parties. 

We only missed a video function with the Polaroid Snap. If you don’t want to do without it, the Polaroid Snap Touch or Polaroid Z2300 are the better options.

Polaroid Snap Touch Review

The Polaroid Snap Touch is the successor to the successful Polaroid Snap. Polaroid has packed a lot of technology in their snap touch model. At 13 megapixels, the image sensor is 3 megapixels higher than the Snap. The manufacturer is also generous with the storage space. 

In comparison to 32GB max of the snap model, you can use a micro SD card of up to 128 GB with a snap touch model. The pictures themselves promise a lot of fun, but this is topped off with the video function.

Polaroid Snap Touch Portable Instant Print Digital Camera with LCD Touchscreen Display

Features of the Polaroid Snap Touch

  • Image sensor:13 megapixels
  • Built-in flash:LED
  • Image size:2 x 3″
  • Power supply:battery (Li-ion)
  • Lens:4mm f / 2.0
  • Minimum focal length:4 mm
  • Special effects:B / W, vintage, color, frame
  • Microphone:mono
  • Video resolution: 1927 x 1080
  • HD video:1080p
  • Special effects:frame
  • Display:5 ″
  • Display diagonal:9 cm
  • Touchscreen:Yes
  • Self-timer: 10 seconds
  • Memory card:Micro-SDHC (128 GB max.)
  • Connection:Bluetooth
  • Dimensions:  0x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Weight:9 ounces
  • Variety of colors for the housing:blue, purple, red, black, white, pink
  • Scope of delivery: camera, battery (Li-ion), charging cable

Display

The touchscreen of the Polaroid snap touch model is worth mentioning. This gives the user a variety of options before printing the images. For example, the images can be processed directly on the camera and you save subsequent editing on the PC. 

Another great feature is the fact that you are no longer need to print an image immediately. If it is blurred or you don’t like it, you can simply delete it. This saves time, money and nerves. After all, significantly fewer films have to be bought.

Highlights of Polaroid snap touch

Also, the touch model offers several recording modes. Among other things, you can choose between black and white, vintage, color, and frame mode. Each of them offers several creative options. If that’s not enough, you can edit the pictures on your PC or mobile phone. Android and iOS are supported by the camera. The transfer can take place via USB as well as Bluetooth.

As similar to the Polaroid Snap, Zero INK printing technology is used here and promises great pictures within a few seconds. The fact that you can use the printed images as stickers is another unique feature of Polaroid.

Handling the Polaroid Snap Touch

With around 8.9 ounces, the Snap Touch is heavier than its predecessor. The dimensions of 4.0x 6.1 x1.1 inches are significantly smaller, but the higher weight is due to the touch display. It is important to consider whether you accept the pleasant advantages of a touchscreen with the higher weight, or prefer a lighter but larger instant camera.

To put the weight in proportion, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 weighs 0.68 pounds without a display and the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 (wide format), 2.10 pounds. 

Both play in the league of analog instant cameras. To stay with the digital instant cameras, we would like to use the Polaroid Z2300. This has only 1.70 pounds with the display.

Extensions and accessories

Polaroid and third-party manufacturers offer several accessories and extensions for the Snap Touch. 

Bags, straps, color filters, and many other interesting gadgets are available online.

Extra cost with Polaroid Snap Touch

Polaroid sells the films almost 30 percent cheaper than the competition. But be careful not to storm the shops and use the Polaroid film for a Fujifilm camera, because they only fit the respective cameras. 

We have made a list of the appropriate films available for you under Accessories.

Advantages

  • Easy operation
  • Color selection
  • Easy film change
  • Zero ink technology
  • MicroSDHC storage space (128 GB)
  • Touchscreen
  • Bluetooth (iOS & Android compatible)
  • Video recording (FullHD – 1080p)
  • Peelable & adhesive back of the pictures

Disadvantages

  • Weight is slightly higher
  • High acquisition costs

Conclusion / comparison

The Polaroid Snap Touch is one of the high-end instant cameras on the market and is positioned in the upper price segment. It offers FullHD video recording in 1080p, 13 megapixels, touchscreen, Bluetooth, and much more. No wish remains unfulfilled with a Polaroid snap touch model.

On the other hand, we have the Polaroid Snap. This model is a bit older than the Touch and accordingly has less functionality. However, significantly lower weight and the associated more pleasant handling some of the highlights of this model. 

However, it does not have a display or Bluetooth which would allow us to edit the images directly. Logically, the image sensor is also somewhat smaller here, at 10 against 13 megapixels. 

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