Kodak Printomatic vs Polaroid Mint Camera: Which should you buy?

Blue Polaroid Mint Camera and Printer on wooden table with five prints of Christine Chan
Blue Polaroid Mint Camera and Printer on wooden table with five prints of Christine Chan (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

At first glance in our battle of the Kodak Printomatic vs Polaroid Mint camera, they look surprisingly similar. They're actually quite different on the inside, which is what counts. The better overall camera is the Polaroid Mint. It gives you added flexibility with your prints, has higher resolution, and supports larger microSD cards. That said, if you want an easy-to-use camera for day trips, the Printomatic will do just fine.

Let's break it down

Instant Cameras are making a comeback. With so many choices out there, it's a challenge to pick the best digital camera for your lifestyle and needs. The Polaroid Mint and the Kodak Printomatic are both compact cameras that fit in your back pocket or a travel bag. They also both take excellent photos that are shareable on social media and are printable. There are some differences, though. Here are the specs of both cameras to help you make a more informed decision.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Polaroid Mint CameraKodak Printomatic
Dimensions3 x 0.5 x 1 in1 x 4.83 x 3.11 in
ColorsBlack, blue, yellow, red, whiteBlue, green, gray, yellow, black, pink
Onboard storageNoLast three photos only
microSD cardYes, up to 256GBYes, up to 32GB
Different lighting modesNoNo
Color modesColor, B&W, SepiaColor and B&W
Frames on printsYes, optionalNone
Selfie mirrorYesNo
ZINK paper capacity10 sheets10 sheets
Battery lifeUp to 50 printsUp to 40 prints

When it comes down to use and specs in our Kodak Printomatic vs Polaroid Mint camera battle, we favor the Polaroid Mint. Much like to Polaroid Mint Printer, it impresses. With the Polaroid Mint camera, you'll get 16MPs, three color modes, optional frames on prints, a selfie mirror, a flash, and support for large capacity microSD cards. The Polaroid Mint is a fully-featured digital and instant camera that hits well above its price point.

If you don't care about resolution and memory card sizes, the Kodak Printomatic is a good camera that will please first-time shooters. It does store a few images on the internal memory, a feature lacking from the Polaroid. The sensor is 10MPs and delivers sharp, in-focus pictures. And the Kodak supports a 32GB memory card, which is enough space to last an entire day.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.