The age of instant cameras may be gone, but the satisfaction of getting to hold your photograph immediately after taking it is something people still would like to have. This is precisely why Polaroid has been releasing modern versions of these cameras and other, more recent, products such as the Polaroid Zip. The Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile Printer gives you the option of printing whatever photo you want in less than 60 seconds. The 2 x 3″ full-color, smudge-proof photos even have a sticky back for even more fun. The best part of this printer is that it is pocket size so you can take it with you no matter where you go and print your photos with no hassle. But how does a printer so small allow for printing photos of high quality? Due to its size it cannot use ink and cartridges and instead uses Zink, a zero ink special printing paper.
Zink is equipped with special crystals which after a heating process change into appropriate colors. In this way the image is revealed and the age of instant cameras is back. Zip is powered by a good and rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery charged via a micro-USB cable and is available in two colors: black and white.
In order to use the Zip, all you need is a smart device, be it a smartphone or a tablet and the companion app. The app lets you make changes to the photo before printing it. Of course, your device will have to support Bluetooth or NFC technology in order to work at all. The app is supported by Android and iOS devices (Windows Phone users once again get no love).
With the purchase of a Polaroid Zip Instant Mobile you will receive 10 Zink papers, but fret not, you can always purchase more and on of the best things about the Zink paper is that it is not obscenely priced. This mobile printer is an awesome way of giving younger generations a taste of what it was like to use an instant camera.
Get it from Amazon here.
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