Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera

Last updated date: July 2, 2020

DWYM Score
8.2

Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 124 expert reviews, the Polaroid Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera placed 6th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Instant Camera for a detailed review of all the top instant cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
178 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
I've found the Polaroid Mint Camera pretty easy to use, especially for selfies. Since it's vertically-oriented, holding it feels just like a smartphone, so there's no learning curve. The selfie mirror on the front is small, but you can definitely see yourself and frame your photo accordingly.
- iMore
February 6, 2019 | Full review
The pocket-sized printer uses the same ZINK technology as the Mint camera and lets you print any photo from your smartphone or tablet via the Polaroid Mint app and a bluetooth connection. The app features many common editing functions, including filters, frames and stickers
- DP Review
August 30, 2018 | Full review
Another essential part of this device is wireless connectivity. Support for Bluetooth means you don’t need to run cables between your phone and the printer, and that’s pretty convenient.
- Nerd Tech
January 7, 2019 | Full review
The camera is exactly what it sounds like: a digital camera that has a built-in photo printer, making it possible to save images to a microSD card but also produce small instant prints. The new pocket printer, meanwhile, works with a mobile app to rapidly print photos.
- Slash Gear
August 30, 2018 | Full review
The Polaroid Mint 2-in-1 has a 16-megapixel camera with an LED flash, so expect phone-grade results.
- Pocket-lint
August 30, 2018 | Full review
There are also built in editing features that can help you produce artsy photos with the signature Polaroid frame. The way it is built is to resemble a smartphone, which is oriented more towards taking portraits.
- InstantCameraLab
This incredible instant digital camera + printer has an automatic LED flash, integrated selfie mirror, and a self-timer for all your needs. It will be perfect for a great high-quality 16-megapixel photo.
- Trendy Gadget Review
November 13, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The camera won't tell you when there's no paper inside, which is counter-intuitive, considering that there's a power light. No way to focus image or toggle flash manually.
- iMore
February 6, 2019 | Full review
But there are small issues with the battery. Its standby time is only a couple of weeks, meaning it’s a little bit harder to set-and-forget the Mint Pocket Printer.
- Nerd Tech
January 7, 2019 | Full review
There’s no display on the back
- Pocket-lint
August 30, 2018 | Full review
No LED screen. No video capabilities.
- InstantCameraLab

From The Manufacturer

So cool. So fresh. It has to be mint! Classic instant print cameras used to be all the range now, you can experience the same on-the-spot convenience-with a contemporary twist-thanks to the brand new Polaroid mint 2-in-1 camera & printer. Featuring twice the charm and double the fun, this pocket-sized wonder turns the traditional camera on its head, literally! Mint is designed to operate vertically, so you can snap photos in the same manner as a smartphone, tablet or similar device. Best of all, it produces high-quality 16-megapixel photos in stunning, true-to-life color, chic Black and white or moody vintage effect. Activate the colorizing crystal! Zero ink integration means no more dealing with messy ink, toners, ribbons or film. Simply load a cartridge with ZINK technology, and print up to 50 photographs without worrying about paper and other supplies. Snaps arrive ready to share in adorable 2”x3” format with the sticky back. Whether you hang in your locker or decorate your work desk, Protective layering ensures pictures never bleed, smudge or fade over time. Discover the endless perks of this practical, portable camera-and indulge in instant gratification!

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera
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Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera
5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Macro Lens Instant Camera
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Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera
6. Polaroid Mint Print Digital Instant Camera
Overall Score: 8.2
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Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 Instant Camera
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An Overview On Instant Cameras

Instant film cameras have made a comeback in recent years, as a new generation has discovered how fun they are. In a digital-driven world, consumers find it fun to have an instant print of whatever shot they’ve just captured.

These cameras are perfect for you if you enjoy the “instant gratification of a print,” says Jay Soriano, a portrait photographer based in Las Vegas.

“Overall, they’re fun and they’re great gifts,” Soriano says. “It can also be a fashion statement with the accessories.”

Today’s instant film cameras have come a long way from those sold in the mid- to late 1900s, packing features built for a tech-driven market.

As you start shopping for an instant film camera, it’s important to keep those more modern features in mind. You’ve probably gotten used to taking photos using a smartphone camera, which is a completely different experience than capturing a shot using a viewfinder. If you wear glasses, you’ll also need to pay attention to the size of the viewfinders. Some of them are so small, it can be tough to get your eye close enough to see the image.

You’re probably also used to taking selfies. There are cameras that build in selfie mirrors to make this easier, but it’s not like seeing your image on a smartphone screen. If you want to take group pictures, you’ll also need to look for an instant camera that has a tripod mount and timer. Without the timer, someone will always have to be near the camera to press the shutter button.

There’s a big difference in the type of camera a pro shooter needs compared to someone who just wants to have fun. Instant cameras build in automatic features, similar to what your smartphone has. Serious photography enthusiasts will want to be able to override these automatic features for manual control, but not all instant cameras have that capability.

Perhaps the most important factor, though, is the quality of the print you’ll receive. This can be subjective, but look for cameras with prints that are as true to life as possible. Instant cameras that both print pictures and allow a microSD card to save images digitally can be especially useful.

DWYM Fun Fact

Instant prints kicked off in 1948 with the release of the Polaroid Land Model 95 camera, invented by scientist Edwin Land. While on vacation, Land was inspired by his daughter, who asked why she couldn’t see the photo immediately. But long before Land came up with his idea, Samuel Shlafrock invented a camera that came with a portable darkroom. His invention never quite caught on, though, because it lacked the convenience of Land’s model. Instead of a built-in darkroom, Land’s creation used self-developing film.

The Instant Camera Buying Guide

  • Most of these newer instant cameras are built for ease of use. That means you’ll have a variety of settings options. If you’re creative, you’ll love the Polaroid Snap Instant Camera, which lets you switch up the type of photos you take with just the press of a button. It has a built-in mirror for taking selfies. There are also six different easy-to-use portrait settings. With some instant cameras, there is a delay between pressing the trigger and capturing the shot. Those models are not the best camera for action shots.
  • The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera also has a variety of exposure options, including one called “Hi-Key,” which softens the image when you print it.
  • Print quality is something to consider, as well. Look for an instant camera that offers wider shots than you would typically see with an instant film camera, as this allows you to squeeze more into each picture. These models also tend to offer impressive color saturation and separation. Cameras with 10-megapixel images are colorful and vibrant. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera can be prone to black specks in overexposed areas of your image.
  • Look for prints that resist smudges, water damage and tears. You may even want to consider a model that has a black and white feature.
  • Chances are, you won’t always be shooting in the same type of lighting. The right camera compensates for that, giving you just the amount of exposure you need for your current environment. With the Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera, you get separate settings for shooting in sunny or cloudy outdoor environments, as well as indoors. In bright sun, though, you may find your shots are overexposed. The Polaroid Snap Instant Camera works best in indoor settings with plenty of light. If you routinely shoot in low-light conditions, you’ll want to steer toward a camera with a wider aperture specifically for those situations.
  • Instant film cameras have reemerged in a digital era, which means some consumers are going to want digital features, too. The Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera both prints out a photo and saves a digital copy. You can then take the SD card and insert it into a card reader on your computer to upload it to all your favorite social media sites.
  • If you find you’re always behind the camera and never in any pictures, consider a camera with both a timer and a tripod socket. You can just set your camera up, hop into the frame and say, “Cheese.” Keep in mind someone will have to be behind the camera since there’s no timer.
  • Flash can be an issue with instant cameras. Some instant cameras automatically adjust to fit the current lighting needs. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera’s flash always goes off, which can be a problem if you prefer to take advantage of natural lighting.
  • Having rechargeable batteries can be very useful if you want to save money. The average rechargeable camera takes about 100 shots before needing to recharge again. The Dragon Touch InstantFun Zero Ink Kids Instant Camera has a rechargeable battery. The Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera runs on AA batteries.