For the past few years, everyone seemed to go through a nostalgic craze with bringing back instant printable cameras. I literally, saw them everywhere, with Fuji’s Instax Mini 9 camera being in the forefront because of its modern design and cool color options. I figured it wouldn’t be long until Kodak produced one of their own.
The Kodak Printomatic is a pocket-sized party starter! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love seeing the photo they just took, print magically right before their eyes? The Printomatic also takes instant cameras to a whole new, portable level.
Immediately, the first thing that I noticed about the Printomatic was the size and weight of the camera. Comparatively to other instant cams, such as the Polaroid and the Fuji Instax Mini 9, the Printomatic weighs significantly less, making it easier to carry around and slip into your back pocket.
More interestingly rather than using the instant print film, this camera takes whatever image you shot with its 10 megapixel sensor and transfers it onto a heat-sensitive paper called “ZINK”. Which I think contributes to its cut in weight. Also, the fact that it has no zoom capabilities, environment settings or any other bells and whistles. Pretty much it’s the Polaroid Snap without a backscreen and a better price point. Yet it doesn’t negate the fact that it’s a cool camera.
This camera is also super easy to use. There are only two buttons; one for power and the other is the shutter release. There is also a switch on the top that gives you the option from switching from B&W photos to color photos. On the back of the camera there are three LED lights that indicate everything you need to know about the status of the camera (battery, memory and print status).
Once you take a photo it automatically prints onto the ZINK paper in about 10 seconds or so AND can stored onto a microSD if you choose to use one. This gives you the option to save memories even after you run out of ZINK paper.
When I used the camera, I wasn’t that impressed with the print quality honestly. The color seemed to be dull and not as vibrate as I thought it would be. But it definitely didn’t stop me from using it as much as possible.
FUN FACT: I found this out randomly. The ZINK paper has a peel away adhesive making it fun for kids/kidults to stick pictures everywhere.
Overall, the Kodak Printomatic is a fun nostalgic camera that definitely can find a way into everyone’s homes. Given its portability and easy to use design, if you’re in the market for an instant camera I would highly recommend this camera. At a price point of $69.99 you can get the Kodak Printomatic in two different color options. I would recommend buying the bundle of the camera and 50-sheet ZINK paper for $89.99. To purchase refill ZINK paper it will cost you $10 for 20 sheets.