You all know that I am seldom without a camera about my person, I take around 1000 shots a month of which maybe a get 50 printed. If that. I just lose track of which ones I wanted to do, forget, don’t have the paper or the toner, or space in the budget to pay someone else. So you can imagine how the idea of a digital camera that you can edit and print from, was an attractive one.
My dad had an old polaroid camera, you would remember them as the kind that spat a square picture out the front and the picture slowly developed before your eyes. I loved that camera, I still have some of the prints from it. Polaroid is that camera brand that everyone has a little nostalgia for. Enter the new Polaroid z2300 Digital Instant camera. I was excited to get my hands on one.
Yes it does look and feel like a little brick. It does have a 10mp camera in it though, and takes fairly good quality pictures, but…
And you knew the but was coming didn’t you. I’m not happy with it.
I will start with the good stuff. It instantly prints 2×3 photos, which is fun and a novelty at events. It takes 10MP photos. The prints are stickers too, which makes scrapbooking easy for the so inclined. You can make multiple prints of one picture, an option not available in traditional polaroid. The photo you took was the one and only copy in those days. There is built in editing (minimal but some), framing graphics and colour hue options. You can put an SD card in for loads more memory, it shoots video too. It has old school switches for the functions like macro to landscape. With a nice big LCD screen on the back.
Bad stuff… It is heavy and bulky. I’ve nearly dropped it a few times. Awkward. It really needs a purpose built case, as the power button can be easily knocked on, even in a camera bag. I end up carrying it with the battery out to stop this happening, as I was getting my camera out finding it on or flat. The lens is weeny, like a mobile phone lens, sans the autofocus. The door catch for the paper (film) loading is flimsy, I’ve bumped it open twice. The battery door rattles too, whats the story there? The resulting prints are not that great, they are often very dark and kinda blue, yet the digital image is pretty good. The built in frames are kinda dinky and look cheap, like I’ve used a dodgy free app on my mobile. I can’t rate the software that came with the camera, because it doesn’t work in a mac and I haven’t been directed to a download.
Verdict… Made for fun. Don’t expect anything more and you’ll be right.