Raise your hand if you were born prior to the 1990′s? Remember the days of instant nothing? When a vacation actual meant disconnecting from the world? Now every thing we want can be had in an instant and rather than being happy that no one can call or contact us, we get frustrated when we can’t get a wifi signal. Back in those glory days, the only thing aside from coffee that we used ‘instant’ with, was our Polaroid instant camera.
If you’re reading this and don’t know what a Polaroid is, it’s the heavy camera that printed the pictures with the white border around them that you now make on Instagram. What you would do is: Take a picture, the picture would print instantly from the camera, and you’d shake it to make the picture print faster (now you know why Andre 3000 said the line, ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’). It was exciting at the time to see the images start to appear. You didn’t have to wait 24 hours for Walmart or the local drugstore to return with your Kodak prints.
Twenty years after every thing started going digital, Polaroid makes a leap into the digital business with the new Polaroid Z2300 Instant digital camera. Retailing for $160 USD and debuting 15 August, Polaroid’s latest camera does what its older models did- print photos in an instant. Only now, the photos are digital and ink less. Here are some of the noted features:
-10 Megapixels (unless you are taking high quality images for poster size prints or digital media, you really don’t need more than this.
-3 inch LCD screen
-Prints 2×3 full color with ZINK Zero Ink
-View and crop images before printing
-Custom borders- like the classic Polaroid border
-Prints in under a minute
I’m sold and I’ve already placed my pre-order. I think this is a perfect camera for travelers, especially those of us who like taking pictures of and with locals. Imagine the excitement in a child’s eyes now when you can go beyond just showing them the picture you took on your LCD screen, but now you can give them a print and a lasting memory.
Do you remember Polaroid photos? Would you buy this camera?