The Polaroid camera is making a comeback with the Snap Touch, and I am giddy with nostalgic excitement.
I grew up in a time when, in the famous words of OutKast, we “shook it like a Polaroid picture.” (During the same time, Myspace was the in social networking site, Yahoo Messenger was the go-to chat app, and BlackBerries were still a thing — though BBs may still be making a comeback.)
I have fond memories of Polaroid, but I’m almost sure I never touched one in my childhood. That isn’t the point, though; growing up, I’ve heard enough about it from the artsy cool kids to want one of my own. I never did.
Fast-forward to 2017 and here I am, an adult — and still thrilled over the prospect of a Polaroid camera. In the time of social media and high technology, the novelty of having printed photos has not subsided, at least for me.
The Polaroid Snap Touch is very, very cute
It comes in a slew of pretty colors which include blue, pink, violet, and red. The unit we tried was in clean, crisp white. I love the look of the Polaroid rainbow detail on this particular model.
Basically, it’s a digital camera
Remember those? Yes, machines that are dedicated to one function: taking photos.
The Snap Touch does just that and more.
This camera is light and a little compact; about the size of digicams circa 2000s — small enough to carry around in your bag, but a little too big to lug around with your smartphone. This matters because I only have two tiny hands and one of them will definitely be occupied by a smartphone.
It has a built-in flash and instead of a viewfinder, it’s equipped with a touchscreen that allows you to view the photos you’re about to take and edit them on the spot.
But it prints your photos as stickers!
Now, there’s no need to shake your prints!
What’s great about this nifty device is you can use it on its own to shoot pictures, or with your smartphone coupled with the free Polaroid Print app.
Like I said, it’s a digital camera which does everything a basic camera does: take photos, store them, and transfer what you want to your laptop or social media account! When connected to your smartphone via Bluetooth, it allows you to print not only photos taken from your phone, but also whatever media you have on that device.
The smartphone route would be a better way to go about things, as the app has more sticker options and it’s easier to navigate. For all its cuteness, the Snap Touch’s flaw is its not-so-responsive screen.
Unlike old Polaroid camera models which used a purely mechanical method of having photos printed, the whole process with the Snap Touch is now digital — this means better photo quality and longer-lasting sticker prints (yes, sticker!).
Is this your GadgetMatch?
I’ve always found that toy cameras like these make picture taking more fun and thoughtful. Photos from these fun gadgets cease to be just another selfie on your camera roll. If you’re the same type, this may be a camera worth checking out.
Polaroid has come a long way, and the Snap Touch is proof of this. What we have now is a hybrid of technology that was and what it could be.
Although I’m quite amused by all that this camera can do, I feel like there’s more that can be improved on. Fair, considering this is one of Polaroid’s first forays into camera-printer tandem devices. (There’s also the Polaroid Snap, which is a version without the touchscreen).
Regardless, I had fun with this camera and I will continue to look forward to Polaroid’s next releases.
The Polaroid Snap Touch retails in the US for US$ 175 and PhP 10,990 in the Philippines.