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Polaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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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

Polaroid Snap Touch flatlay

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.

The Polaroid Snap Touch is a digital camera that prints pictures

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.

The Polaroid Snap Touch taking photos

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.

Polaroid Snap Touch side by side with a printed photo

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.

The Polaroid Snap Touch has a built in flash

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.

Using the Polaroid Snap Touch

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. 

SEE ALSO: Paper Shoot camera review 

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Sony’s A7R IV has a massive 61MP sensor

Still king of full-frame mirrorless cameras

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After hearing of a Sony Alpha event, we at GadgetMatch crossed our fingers hoping for the A7S III. That’s a much-awaited update on their S-series full-frame mirrorless cameras specifically made for taking videos. The event though, was for the Sony A7R IV. And while it’s not what we were waiting for, it still has so much going for it.

For one, it’s world’s first 61-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. That’s a huge step-up from its predecessor’s 42.4-megapixel sensor. Sony’s samples during the presentation showcases how you don’t lose detail even when you zoom in on the images thanks to its massive sensor.


You don’t lose detail even after zooming in

It also has a 15-stop dynamic range, five-axis optical in-body image stabilization, as well as 10FPS shooting with continuous autofocus as well as real-time eye-tracking for every shot. Something new that video-makers might find really useful is the addition of the real-time eye AF to video recording.

Speaking of video, the A7R IV is capable of 4K recording with S-Log 2/3, HDR for professional editing. Still with video-makers in mind, the A7R IV comes with a new system that captures digital audio signal. With this, Sony introduced two accessories to take advantage of this new tech — a digital audio shotgun mic and an XLR mic adapter kit. The accessories cost US$ 350 and $600 respectively.

As for the camera itself, the A7R IV will retail for US$ 3,500 body-only and will be available in September 2019.

With Canon and Nikon launching their own full-frame mirrorless cameras namely the EOS R and the E6 and E7, this was a serious flex on Sony’s part. The company is letting the world know that they continue to hold the crown as king of full-frame mirrorless shooters.

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Fujifilm debuts flagship GFX100 in the Philippines

Boasts of 102 megapixels, 4K videos

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Photo by X-Photographer Jonas Dyhr Rask | IG: @jonas.rask

Fujifilm has just unveiled the GFX100 in the Philippines. Launched in Tokyo last May, the company’s flagship camera found its way to the country through an exclusive launch held in Illuminate Studio in Makati.

The GFX100 prides itself as the world’s first camera capable of shooting uncropped 4K videos in 30p on a medium format. It’s powered by Fujifilm’s latest X-Processor 4 to ensure the medium format camera has the power and speed to handle a large amount of data.


The camera is a real treat for those with artistic flair since it carries the newly-developed 102 megapixels image sensor. Active shooters should also rejoice! The camera has an improved phase detection AF (compared to X-series models) and built-in image stabilization, both of which are a first for a medium format digital camera.

To make it even more exciting, the GFX100 is weather-sealed, possessing dust- and water-resistant body which can also handle freezing up to -10 degrees Celsius. Its lightweight yet robust build made of magnesium alloy won’t let any kind of weather stop you from doing your craft.

Simply put, the GFX100 makes it easier to produce premium-quality output with great details, three-dimensional definition, and an accurate portrayal of a scene’s atmosphere.

In addition to loads of premium features, the GFX100 introduces the Film Simulation for the first time in the GFX series. Known from X-series cameras, the feature allows users to enjoy color and tonal reproduction.

To amplify the medium format camera’s arrival in the country, Fujifilm flew in two professional photographers who have used the GFX100 model.

The GFX100 could be a GadgetMatch for artistic people, particularly those who work as a commercial or fashion photographer. It could also be a match made in heaven for photographers and videographers committed to producing premium quality work, or just an enthusiast moving to medium format.

As Atlanta-based photographer Zack Arias said, “Once you go medium format, you won’t settle for anything less anymore.”

The GFX100 is now available in the Philippines for PHP 599,990 (US$ 11,753) for its body only.

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Canon introduces PowerShot G7 X III, shoots 4K and vertical videos

Made for aspiring YouTube and Instagram influencers

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Canon has just announced the PowerShot G7 X III, another “vlogging” camera meant for YouTubers and Instagram creators. Vloggers will love it for its LCD touchscreen that tilts up 180 degrees.

The G7 X III boasts about shooting 4K videos at 30 FPS without cropping, something that the EOS R can’t do. It can also shoot 120 FPS slow-mo videos at 1080p resolution for cinematic effect. But more importantly, these videos you capture can be streamed live on YouTube.


Instagram influencers shouldn’t feel left out! The G7 X III has support for vertical shooting so you perfect for both Instagram Stories and IGTV. Your die-hard followers won’t have to worry about tilting their heads just to watch your vlog!

Image credit: Canon

Canon’s newest camera is packed with features dedicated to aspiring creators. It’s equipped with built-in optical image stabilization, ND filter, and microphone input.

Like every recent camera, the G7 X III has a BlueTooth and Wi-Fi feature, as well as an option to gather GPS information through the Canon Camera Connect app. Creators can also do panoramic shooting because vlogging doesn’t always have to have the vlogger in focus.

The G7 X III will be available starting August. It costs around US$ 749 for both black and silver options.

Via: Engadget

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