Mobile solution

Kodak Mini Shot

Easy to use camera

Polaroid Snap

The Kodak Mini Shot offers a companion app and the ability to use it as a printer for your mobile device's camera roll images. It includes a 10-megapixel sensor, flash, auto-focus capability, as well as exposure, white balance, and gamma correction. Still, its cartridges aren't always simple to find.

$100 at Amazon

Pros

  • Auto-focus, exposure, and white balance correction
  • Connects to smartphone via Bluetooth
  • Has editing in app
  • Prints are credit card size

Cons

  • No onboard storage capability
  • Hard-to-find print cartridges

The Polaroid Snap is perhaps the easiest-to-use instant camera on the market and its paper is the easiest to find online and in stores. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer mobile device integration, which means you can't use it as a printer for mobile prints.

$90 at Amazon

Pros

  • Includes self-timer, more camera modes
  • Zink paper easier to find
  • Includes microSD storage

Cons

  • No app or Bluetooth connection
  • Can't print photos stored on a mobile device
  • No editing capabilities

For decades, Kodak and Polaroid were the biggest names in photography. After years of struggle, both names are back in a fun way. Each now offers low-cost, retro instant cameras like the two highlighted here. However, the two differ significantly when it comes to features.

Breaking it down

Pictured: the Polaroid Snap.

In at least one area, the Polaroid Snap looks like the better choice. However, once you dig around a bit, it becomes apparent that for most folks, it's the Kodak Mini Shot that shines the brightest.

Kodak Mini Shot Polaroid Snap
Cost $100 $90
Weight 8.39 ounces 7.52 ounces
Dimensions 0.9 x 3 x 5.2 in 0.98 x 4.72 x 2.95 in
Aperture f/2.55 f/2.8
Prints Kodak Mini 2 Photo Paper Cartridge MC Polaroid ZINK Paper
microSD Max None 32GB
Colors available 6 7
Self-timer No Yes
Size prints 2.1 x 3.4-inch 2 x 3-inch
Connects to phone Yes via Bluetooth No
Compatible app Yes No
Digital copies No Yes
Megapixels 10MP 10MP
Screen Yes, LCD No
Built-in photo editing No, only through app No

The Kodak Mini Shot doesn't offer microSD capabilities like the Polaroid Snap. Because of this, you can't store photos for offline use — at least not in the traditional sense. Thanks to its Bluetooth integration, the camera offers many more features. Specially designed for smartphone compatibility, the Kodak Mini Shot Camera works with the free Kodak app for iOS and Android. In doing so, you can easily edit, share, save, and transfer images wirelessly across multiple devices.

You can also use the app to add filters, borders, and other creative goodies with ease. These aren't just the images you took with the camera; it also includes pictures stored on your mobile device. Kodak's camera is also noted for offering a 1.7-inch LCD that you can use to snap the perfect shot (the Polaroid features a pop-up optical viewfinder). The camera also takes slightly bigger photos than the Polaroid model.

The Kodak Mini Shoot Camera works with the free Kodak app for iOS and Android. The Polaroid Snap only has microSD capabilities.

The Polaroid Snap camera, besides offering microSD capability, uses Zink Paper that's also compatible with other instant cameras on the market, including the Polaroid Snap Touch and Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer. This paper is easier to find in stores than the cartridges required for the Kodak Mini Shot. However, we don't find this too important since Amazon stocks both kinds of paper.

Compatible photo printer cartridges for the Kodak Mini Shot are available in packs of 20, 30, and 50 prints. Each print costs around $0.70. Zink Paper for the Polaroid Snap, meanwhile, is also available in packets of 20, 30, and 50 prints. The price for the smaller prints is around $0.60 each.

With the Polaroid Snap, you get more picture modes, including borderless normal, black and white, and vintage sepia tone, along with Polaroid border format in normal, black and white, and vintage sepia tone. However, you can add all of this in the Kodak app to your Mini Shot prints.

Our pick

Kodak Mini Shot

Offers mobile features

Offering auto-focus, exposure, white balance, gamma correction, and an auto flash, this is the instant camera to buy. The LCD screen lets you see the viewfinder easily, and make quick adjustments. However, finding the correct paper for this camera can sometimes prove difficult.

Simple and easy to use

Polaroid Snap

Storage king

If you plan on taking a lot of pictures and expect to do post-processing on your computer, the Polaroid Snap might be the camera for you. Plus, the paper is easier to find.

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