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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 new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June

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How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam

Up the quality on your video call meetings

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Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.

To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.

The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.

The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.

Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.

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These refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras bring back our childhood!

Ah, take me back~

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My latest obsession with Polaroid’s latest release — Polaroid NOW — has led me to discover refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras. For 90’s kids, these instant cameras relive our colorful, childhood memories dabbling in popping colors celebrated throughout the 80s until the early 2000s.

Look at this refurbished Barbie Throwback, based on the original Barbie Polaroid released in 1999.

How about this bold and loud Neon Yellow & Pink Cool Cam…

… Or this Pink Cool Cam that screams black and pink (like a revolution).

Remember this Blue ’96 Edition perfectly complementing your windbreaker and fanny packs?

Back then, we have Japanese brand Tomy collaborating with Polaroid as a merch for popular manga and anime Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha.

Remember when we’re all obsessed with MTV?

Oh, look at this fabulous, super rare, Pink Checkers Polaroid 600!

Hello Kitty fans, can you hear me??????

Ah, this Spice Cam makes us remember the times we dance and sing to Spice Girls — like it’s our anthem before Britney Spears finally took over.

In true Maroon 5 fashion, memories really do bring back you. Seeing these instant cameras made me remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. It felt like an ode to my inner child, calling for retrospection. Remember how fun and young we used to be?

Professionally refurbished by Retrospekt

These vintage Polaroid 600 cameras are refurbished by Retrospekt, a company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded by Adam and KoriFuerst in 2008, Retrospekt started as a project to recreate their beloved instant film products.

Retrospekt uses Polaroid’s original components, and properly clean, test, rebuild and test the products again before sending out. Just like any refurbished vintage product, these instant cameras may show some light wear. Still, Retrospekt guarantees functionality.

And when it arrives at your doorsteps, all you need is just a pack of Polaroid 600 film, and you’ll be back to shooting instant films again.

SEE ALSO: Polaroid OneStep+ reviewPolaroid OneStep 2 review: The ultimate throwback cameraPolaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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