Sharing photos has been popular since it’s been possible; this is exactly what the Polaroid company was built on. With their iconic instant cameras, you didn’t need to finish a roll of film and wait for it to be developed only to realize your thick thumb was in front of the lens, nor was it necessary to mail the result to your friends.
With the arrival of smartphones, of course, all of this fell by the wayside.
Now, you could immediately see (albeit on a tiny screen) how your snaps came out, and you could take as many as an SD card could hold. You can also share them online with little fuss, but is this really ideal?
Personally, if I don’t know you, you don’t need to know my email address, however good the picture you’ve just taken of me looks. Some photos are better left offline, too: do you really want your boss to see what you got up to at Coachella?
Certainly, these aren’t concerns everyone will share, but this palm-sized printer will be invaluable in some situations. Though the photos it prints out are only 2″ by 3″ (5 x 7½ cm) or 3″ by 4″ (7½ x 10 cm) for the larger model, they’re of very high quality and far more durable than what you would get at a print shop. They even come with a peel-off adhesive backing to make journaling or scrapbooking easier.
The catch is that you need to use Polaroid’s special paper, which is on the pricey side.
Still, there’s no toner or ink cartridge to mess around with or leak in your pocket, it’s compatible with almost any mobile device (though sadly not with real cameras), the battery lasts for about 20 prints and it’s rugged enough to take with you on a hike or to a party.
This will make a great gift for travelers, event managers, bar owners, and anyone who enjoys capturing life’s little happy moments as they happen.
It’s not, however, a high-volume printer: it should last you for quite a while and you can edit the pictures on your phone, but pro photographers will see this as a nice add-on rather than their primary setup.