Polaroid POP Review

Polaroid POP

4.5

4.5/10

Polaroid POP Camera is just in time for Polaroid’s 80th Anniversary. The Polaroid Pop is ideal for capturing all of your favourite moments in the 3.5×4.25″ Polaroid border format.

Polaroid POP Review

Polaroid POP Features:

  • ZINK® Zero Ink technology for instantly printing photos
  • 3.97” colour LCD touchscreen display
  • 20.0-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Live Edit mode to personalize your pictures with filter and sticker features
  • Edit, rotate, crop and draw on photos in Gallery
  • 1080p/720p full HD video recording capability
  • 15-second GIF recording capability
  • Wi-Fi capability
  • Self-timer, photo-booth mode and digital zoom
  • Images & video stored on microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC (up to 128GB)
  • FREE download of the Polaroid Print App for iOS & Android

The Polaroid Pop uses a new printing format called the “Zink format”. This process doesn’t use ink and allows for quick printing of digital photos. This isn’t related to Polaroid Originals, which are different business and does use ink. This includes film for the Polaroid 636 which we have at home.

Polaroid POP Review

The Zink Format is cheaper to use but removes any grace you’d find with the Originals. You can use the Pop to add filters, record video and even gifs. The print out has the same border design as the Original prints.

When I first got out the Polaroid Pop, I had mistaken it for a kids toy. It’s smooth and big, with a dark blue rubber bottom section. There are several different colours available, they are all quick bright. One side features the camera lens and flash. The other has a touchscreen and a bright red button. You remove the rubber bottom to add in the paper, and it supposedly stays in place with magnets. I found the magnets didn’t offer much grip, and it was only after adding the lanyard that it stayed in place. The top then has a gap where the photo comes out of.

The whole thing is a couple of hundred grams lighter than my Polaroid 363, but its a tad bulky. You will know you are carrying this with you. The black section of the Pop is a cheap shiny plastic, which means fingerprints! This thing should come with a microfibre cloth. It’s also slippery and I can see why the lanyard was included.

Meet the Polaroid POP

So what about the photos? Not too great. Details aren’t picked up, in low light, this barely picks up anything. Also, don’t even think about moving as photos become a blur. It reminds me of the Gameboy camera from back in the day.

When you take your photo, you can view it on the poorly detailed touchscreen. You can add filters, different border designs and you can print it. The printing has a nifty animation where the photo pops up through the screen as the photo is printed. This is accompanied by a whirring drilling sound of the motors.

Polaroid POP Review

The ability to add borders and stickers will appeal to the younger members of the family. You can record 1080p video and create gifs, those all you can do with these are sent to your phone, or directly off the Micro-SD card. there are free apps with way more options for special effects.

There is Wifi on the Pop, so you can send photos from your phone to the Pop to print. This is done through the proprietary app on the Playstore. This involves disconnecting from your local wifi and connecting to the Pop one.

Polaroid POP Review

I guess my issue is, who is this aimed at. It feels like a toy for kids, but at £164 that is an expensive toy. It’s also more than practically every real film camera from Polaroid Originals or Fujifilm Instax. Finally, check out our other lifestyle reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.

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