Remember those nifty old Polaroid cams, those analog boxes that spat out a printed photo seconds after you pressed the shutter? While Polaroid kind of got lost in the shuffle after everyone decided to carry around a phone cam and more compact digital point-and-shoot cameras, they’re still around, mostly producing mobile printers and updated instant cameras. Anyway, they just announced the Z2300, a new instant camera that packs new printing tech inside a more compact—but still chunky—frame.
The Z2300 is basically a digital camera wrapped around a small built-in printer that can produce instant prints without having to hook up with a computer or printer. The onboard printer uses ZINK (Zero ink) Technology, allowing it to come out with 2×3 prints without needing ink within a minute. It needs to be loaded with special ZINK Photo Paper though, but Polaroid promises ‘photos with better picture quality’ using the printing technology, coming up with prints that are water-resistant, tear-resistant and smudge-proof.
The camera itself is a 10-megapixel snapper that features a 3-inch LCD at the back. The frame also features a speaker and microphone that allows video recording and playback, while storage is handled by an SD card slot for adding up to 32GB. The Z2300 also features in-cam editing, allowing you to view and crop images (or add a custom border to it) before printing.
The Polaroid Z2300 is currently up for pre-order for $159 in black or white. Expected out in August, the camera comes bundled with 10 sheets of ZINK photo paper. Additional sheets cost $15 for a pack of 30 sheets, or $25 for a pack of 50.