It looks great and is definitely a retro option. Of course we love the Kodak Printomatic instant camera.
If there’s a familiarity about it, that’s perhaps because it was designed by the same people behind the equally cool Polaroid Snap. But this isn’t exactly the same camera. Just similar and with slightly different functionality if you dig deep.
The key difference is that the Printomatic has an optical viewfinder in the corner, but it still uses the same ZINK instant paper for its imager, which is good news as that’s pretty easy to find and on the affordable side. At least, it is compared to the film you need to feed into classic Polaroid Instamatic cameras.
If you don’t want to print out your photos, there is a modern-era solution to that. The Printomatic has the option to save the 10-megapixel images on a MicroSD card. Ideal if you want to save them to your computer or share with friends via email or social networks.
Other features include a built-in lithium ion battery, a built-in flash and two picture modes – colour or black and white. I think I’d always go arty with black and white.
Want one? It is on the shelves right now in a choice of the grey or the oh-so-retro orange finish. Regardless of the colour you go for, the camera with USB cable sells for £100.