Polaroid Snap ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology Digital Instant Camera

Last updated date: July 7, 2020

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9.1

Polaroid Snap ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology Digital Instant Camera

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We looked at the top Instant Cameras and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Instant Camera you should buy.

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

Overall Take

Available in seven vibrant colors, this instant camera is an excellent choice if you love sharing photos immediately after taking them. In addition to digital sharing, this camera allows you to instantly print photos without ink, ribbons or toner cartridges. Not only will users love the selfie feature, but they'll also appreciate the six different picture modes for capturing the best photo.


In our analysis of 117 expert reviews, the Polaroid Polaroid Snap Zero Ink Digital Instant Camera placed 2nd when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Nostalgic Polaroid instant photography in a modern package Polaroid Snap is the brand’s newest addition to its expanding instant digital camera line, delivering signature Polaroid instant simplicity and spontaneity in a pocket-sized form In addition to its compact footprint and classic Polaroid instant camera experience, it combines digital imaging with Zero Ink printing. This enables you to easily print and share physical photos at the push of a button, while saving all your images for easy uploading. Striking Minimalist Design True to the rest of the brand’s modern line, the Polaroid Snap camera's minimalist design features an updated look that incorporates a number of design elements of legacy Polaroid instant cameras, such as the iconic Polaroid Color Spectrum. Pocket-Friendly It fits into your shirt pocket – and budget. Despite its many digital technological advancements, the Polaroid Snap is an easy-to-use and an accessible-to-all product at a price point you would expect to pay for an instant camera. 10MP and Up to 32GB Instantly share your life with loved ones in vivid color with features such as a 10MP sensor, a micro SD card slot (32GB max), various capture modes and photo booth mode, Polaroid Classic Border Logo printing format, and an instant selfie self-timer. ZINK Zero Ink Printing The integrated ZINK printer enables you to instantly print full-color, smudge-proof 2x3” prints automatically when an image is captured – without ink cartridges, or toners. You can even shoot new images while its printing. Post Anywhere The 2x3” prints are ready in under a minute, and their adhesive backing makes for extra fun and easy posting on most surfaces. Your photos are also saved on the Snap for easy uploading to your computer and social media platforms.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.2
11 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
3,117 user reviews

What experts liked

The Snap features a compact and lightweight body with friendly rounded edges, making it easy to operate with one hand or to stow in a handbag or waist pack.
- Tech Advisor
May 29, 2018 | Full review
The Polaroid Snap is a basic instant print camera that also captures 10-megapixel photos to a memory card. It's absolutely easy and fun to use.
- CNET
February 3, 2016 | Full review
Images from the Snap are brighter and more vivid than those of the paler instax mini 70 in both digital and prints. It's best to keep the images on the small side when viewing digital files
- Tom's Guide
November 18, 2018 | Full review
Our favorite thing about this camera is that it takes the picture digitally, so you can have both a printed & digital copies.
- WishingDwell
September 9, 2019 | Full review
One of the big selling points of the Polaroid Snap is that a digital version of each print is saved on the inbuilt Micro SD card
- Photography Blog
March 7, 2016 | Full review
Has quality to reproduce high resolution colors.
- Digital10z
Pretty simple and intuitive to use
- The Phoblographer
August 8, 2017 | Full review
The Polaroid Snap is a 10 megapixel instant digital camera with a built in printer – that uses ink-free printing technology – that you can put in your pocket, ready for taking photos at a moments notice.
- Instant Camera Reviews
The Polaroid Snap Instant camera is a combination of a 10 megapixel digital camera, and a Zink instant printer, letting you store your photos digitally to a memory card, as well as instantly print them to 3x2inch Zink photo paper. T
- ePHOTOzine
The Polaroid snap also features a memory card slot compatible with up to 32GB MicroSD and a USB socket to recharge the non-removable lithium ion battery.
- InstantCameraLab
This camera has a micro SD card slot that allows the user to put in a micro SD card to save each photo taken in the digital form for later, to use on social media or to store for future viewing.
- Nothing But Shoot

What experts didn't like

The only drawback to its pebble-like smoothness is the lack of grip, but fortunately it comes with a wrist strap, and you can buy a designated Polaroid case too (£19.99/US$19.99).
- Tech Advisor
May 29, 2018 | Full review
There's no flash, and the rechargeable battery isn't user replaceable.
- CNET
February 3, 2016 | Full review
The flash is not very powerful, though, and images tend to be underexposed and unevenly lit in very low light
- Tom's Guide
November 18, 2018 | Full review
Because these images are digital, they don’t have the same vintage appearance as instant film.
- WishingDwell
September 9, 2019 | Full review
Another problem is there’s no “shutter” count, or any indication of how many sheets of paper are left. When it runs out, a small red LED light on the back of the Polaroid Snap will turn red.
- Photography Blog
March 7, 2016 | Full review
It has no paper indicator. The rechargeable battery is not user replaceable.
- Digital10z
The way to power on the camera may allow the camera to become powered on when in your bag and so then you’ll miss out when it comes to battery life
- The Phoblographer
August 8, 2017 | Full review
There is a small viewfinder on the top of the Snap camera that is used to “frame” your shot but there is no LCD display to preview or review shots before or after you take them. One downside of this arrangement is that you wont know if the lens cap is on or off when looking through the viewfinder, so be sure to check.
- Instant Camera Reviews
Using the optical viewfinder can be a little bit hit and miss, as it isn’t entirely accurate when shooting, and this is more noticeable the closer you are to the subject.
- ePHOTOzine
Unfortunately, the Polaroid snap doesn’t have a screen and the optical viewfinder is not very reliable especially when taking close up shots.
- InstantCameraLab
There is no preview window which means you can’t select which photo you would like to print on the paper – you snap a picture and it prints immediately!
- Nothing But Shoot

Our Expert Consultant

Jay Soriano   
Portrait photographer

Jay Soriano a headshot and portrait photographer in Las Vegas.

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.

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.