On the surface, the Polaroid Mint Camera and Kodak Printomatic look similar, but they're actually quite different. The better overall camera is definitely the Polaroid Mint, as it gives you more flexibility with your prints and it supports higher capacity microSD cards. But if you're on a tight budget, then the Printomatic should suffice.
Let's break it down
Instant Cameras are making a comeback. With so many great ones out there, it's difficult to understand what features are most important to you. Both the Polaroid Mint Camera and Kodak Printomatic are small and compact, take good quality photos, and can print them out right away if loaded with 2-by-3 inch Zink paper. But there are definitely some differences between them that you should consider before making your purchase.
|Polaroid Mint Camera||Kodak Printomatic|
|Dimensions||3 x 0.5 x 1 in||1 x 4.83 x 3.11 in|
|Colors||Black, blue, yellow, red, white||Blue, green, gray, yellow, black, pink|
|Onboard storage||No||Last 3 photos only|
|microSD card||Yes, up to 256GB||Yes, up to 32GB|
|Different lighting modes||No||No|
|Color modes||Color, B&W, Sepia||Color and B&W|
|Frames on prints||Yes, optional||None|
|ZINK paper capacity||10 sheets||10 sheets|
|Battery life||Up to 50 prints||Up to 40 prints|
Overall, while both cameras seem close to each other in terms of features and price, we would recommend the Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer over the Kodak Printomatic. It costs slightly more, but you get 16 megapixels, three color modes, optional frames on your prints, support for larger capacity microSD cards, and a selfie mirror to help you get the perfect self-portrait.
However, if you're on a budget, the Kodak Printomatic is a decent option. It does store the last three photos you've snapped on its onboard storage, so if you don't have a microSD card, just plug the camera in directly to your computer with the Micro-USB cable. Having 10 megapixels is still pretty good if you just want to have digital memories, and 32GB is still a lot of photos. Just be aware that you'll only be able to shoot in color and black and white, not Sepia, and there's no option for frames on your prints.
Great overall camera
Polaroid Mint Camera & Printer is a good overall pick for a digital instant camera. It shoots with 16 megapixels, supports microSD cards up to 256GB, and gives you flexibility with the three color modes. The only negatives are that you don't have different scene options to change the lighting, and you can't print out previous digital photos.
Decent budget instant camera
The Kodak Printomatic is less powerful than the Polaroid Mint Camera, but it's definitely more affordable. Plus, the ability to store the last three photos you take on the camera itself is pretty cool. However, if you just want a basic instant camera that shoots in color or B&W for spontaneous moments, then this should still suffice.
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