So, Polaroid has just released their new Z340 instant digital camera. Sounds cool, right? How does that work? It’s pretty cool, and is a homage to the instant polaroids that we remember growing up. Basically, it gives you the “classic Polaroid instant experience”, according to the press release, and it features an integrated photo printer. So what is the Z340 all about?
For starters, it Is a digital camera. All of the pictures are stored on an SD card. It features a 2.7” LCD screen, with a 14 megapixel sensor, though it has no zoom capabilities. It prints our 3” by 4” pictures that cost around 30 cents apiece, and the camera will set you back $300. The battery life is kind of crummy, as you will only get 25 prints and 75 pictures before you drain the battery.
All in all, the Z340 is pretty cool. It has some nice functionality. While it definitely isn’t what we remember from our instant Polaroid days, it is certainly a nice homage. This is because it takes the excitement away from the original Polaroid, where you never knew what you were going to get when the picture printed out. In my eyes, I see this as being nothing more than a novelty, though you can’t argue with the convenience factor of the Z340. Though this can be seen as a good thing, because who wants to waste their time and money on crummy pictures? If you have the money to spare and are somewhat interested in it, the Z340 could very well be for you.