Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Greg0
Polaroid Z2300: Instant Prints Made Mostly Modern
Photography has come a long way. Prints no longer take hours or longer to develop, you don’t need a closet full of chemicals, and no one has to labor in darkness. The digital age has made cameras smaller and far more convenient, brought new tools for transformation and editing, and most recently sharing them over the internet and via social networks has completely changed how they are viewed.
The Polaroid Z2300 10 megapixel Digital Instant Print Camera updates one of the biggest brands in imaging using new ZINK technology- you’ll still need special paper, but it’s faster and more flexible than the old Polaroids that you remember. Plus, thanks to the addition of digital memory, you can save your images as well. The camera is custom made for the Instagram generation, with a cute detailed body and the welcome addition of an LCD screen for playback- let’s see your old Polaroid do that!
You’ll need an SD card, and up to 32GB models are supported. We popped one in and took a few images around town, getting a sense for how to use the Z2300. You can edit the images on-camera somewhat, and then print them directly from the Polaroid- it takes less than a minute, and you get 2×3 prints that look good on a fridge or can be used as stickers. However, it’s important to note that, somewhat like Polaroids of old, the quality of the prints leaves something to be desired, and even the digital images feel a bit noisy, grainy, and blurry in all but ideal conditions. The camera is a bit heavy and a bit thick, but it is holding a printer inside- it’s also a bit flimsy though, and the battery life isn’t great, running out fast when printing.
Ideal for party use, the Polaroid Z2300 won’t impress the DSLR crowd, but it’s not meant to. It’s fun and clever and combines the quick print technology of the past with the digital controls of the present- including some of the color editing settings that are popular. It’s pretty easy to use and the prints aren’t too expensive either. The Polaroid Z2300 is available now, online and in stores, and runs about $180.