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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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4 reasons the new Instax Mini LiPlay is perfect for any occasion

Small but packed with features

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Fujifilm recently announced their new hybrid instant camera, the Instax Mini LiPlay. It’s the newest addition to the company’s lineup of Instax instant cameras and by far the smallest and most lightweight in its series.

Despite being small, it’s packed with features that every girl would love to have in different situations. Here are the reasons why:


1. You get to celebrate occasions in a special way

The Instax Mini LiPlay is not your typical instant camera. It comes with an LCD so you can review photos you’ve captured, and choose which one to print.

It also has a “Sound” button which is capable of recording up to ten seconds of audio. The Instax Mini LiPlay then converts the audio’s data into a QR code and adds it to the photo printed. Users can play and replay for at least a year by scanning the QR code. This function is perfect for adding greetings, songs, and other messages you’d love to share through the printed photo.

2. Definitely a travel companion

This hybrid instant camera is different compared to Fujifilm’s instant cameras. Its promise of being the smallest and most lightweight makes it an easy-to-carry travel-sized camera (that won’t take too much space in your bag).

In addition, solo and group travelers can enjoy the remote shooting feature, which remotely takes a photo and print it on the spot using your smartphone. Furthermore, it has a direct print feature so you can transfer your photos from your smartphone and print it using the instant camera’s film. Whatever device you use, the Instax Mini LiPlay is a travel companion you’ll love to bring anywhere you go.

3. For the times when you want to express yourself

If you love shooting flat lays or OOTDs, the Instax Mini LiPlay may be useful as a prop or as an accessory. It has a stylish design that matches your aesthetic, and it comes in three beautiful colors: Stone White, Elegant Black, and Blush Gold.

Moreover, it has an array of design frames. The camera comes with ten pre-installed frames, which you can select during or after taking a photo. When you download the free Instax Mini LiPlay app, you get to enjoy 20 additional design frames.

4. Enjoy taking photos wherever you go

Say goodbye to AA batteries that make you feel like you’re using a device from the early 2000s. The Instax Mini LiPlay uses micro-USB for charging and takes two to three hours to fully charge the device. Its battery can last up to 100 printed photos. Photos are also saved onto a microSD card so you can keep on shooting until your memory card is full!

The Instax Mini LiPlay is priced at PhP 9,999 and will be available around late June to early July in the Philippines.

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DJI debuts the Osmo Action, their first action camera

This is DJI’s direct answer to GoPro

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DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

When DJI released the Osmo Pocket months ago, everyone went crazy because it’s the only stabilized camera that can fit in anyone’s pocket. Now, DJI has announced another camera creation, the Osmo Action.

It looks very similar to GoPro’s action cameras, which serves the purpose — to become its direct rival. The Sony RX0 II is a noteworthy competitor, too.


Focusing on the camera, it can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution at 60fps. The lens is composed of three aspherical layers which reduce glare and distortion. It even has an anti-fingerprint coating that also repels water, oil, and other smudges while shooting. In harsh light conditions, it can shoot with enhanced HDR. You can attach a neutral-density (ND) filter on it as well.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

So done with gimbals? The Osmo’s action camera has RockSteady technology that combines electronic image stabilization with other complex algorithms in order to achieve shake-free footage. The camera can survive the extremes — up to 11m (or 36ft) in the deep waters, and as cold as negative 10 degrees Celsius when shooting with the device.

The camera features various creative shooting modes like 8x slow motion and the Custom Exposure Mode that can shoot as long as 120 seconds — great for capturing the dazzling night sky. A Timelapse Mode is present, as well as a Timed Shooting Mode with support for shooting RAW file format.

DJI Osmo Action | Image credit: DJI

The device is equipped with dual screens: one at the back for controlling the device and another in the front for framing yourself. With DJI’s custom ActionOS, you can use voice control to power up and operate the device. It has a Custom Mode which lets you choose your frequently used shooting modes, while a QuickSwitch button (labeled as QS) is present to let you switch modes in an instant.

The Osmo Action is priced at US$ 349, which is about the same price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black today.

SEE ALSO: DJI Osmo Pocket Review

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Samsung announces the world’s first 64-megapixel phone camera

Better cameras are coming!

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For a while now, the smartphone photography business has hovered around 48-megapixel cameras. Last year, the market released the first 48-megapixel smartphone cameras. Since then, more smartphones have adopted the new standard. Of course, progress never stops.

Already, Qualcomm is anticipating even greater heights for smartphone photography this year. Fulfilling the prophecy, Samsung has announced the first 64-megapixel camera sensor. The brand is expanding its 0.8μm lineup, adding the 64-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1.


Much like other 48-megapixel sensors today, Samsung’s new shooter uses the contemporary pixel-merging Tetracell technology. Further, the sensor will improve HDR shooting capabilities. The GW1 supports an HDR of up to 100dB. According to Samsung, the current industry standard goes up to only 60dB. (The human eye can detect up to 120dB.) Samsung’s HDR images should look more realistic compared to other market offerings.

Similarly, the GW1 optimizes collected light. Basically, the sensor should have fewer problems in low-light conditions. Image sharpness is supposedly sharper as well.

For video taking, the GW1 supports Full HD recording, shooting at up to 480 frames-per-second. The new feature is a huge improvement for slow-motion videos.

Besides the 64-megapixel GW1 sensor, Samsung is also releasing a new 48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2. Though lower, the 48-megapixel sensor also offers the same capabilities as the GW1.

Currently, Samsung is sampling the new sensors for the market. The brand expects to proceed with mass production in the second half of the year. Unfortunately, Samsung has not revealed which smartphones or brands are on the market. Regardless, the new development is a huge and speedy step for smartphone photography. If Qualcomm’s other predictions ring true, we’ll see 100-megapixel cameras soon, too.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A20 Hands-on: One of the familiar faces

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