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Polaroid Snap vs Kodak Printomatic: Which should you buy?

First introduced decades ago, instant cameras have made a comeback in the digital age. Not surprisingly, two of the biggest names in photography from back in the day are also making a return. Both the Snap and the Printomatic fill the need that the instant cameras from yesteryear used to, but which one is better?

Instant comparison

Polaroid and Kodak long ago went bankrupt, allowing multiple companies to purchase brands and intellectual property from each. One company, C+A Global, owns licenses for the name and branding of each. Because of this, it shouldn't come as a surprise that these products are strangely similar.

Polaroid SnapKodak Printomatic
Weight7.52 ounces7.05 ounces
Dimensions0.98 x 4.72 x 2.95 in1 x 4.83 x 3.11 in
Aperturef/2.8f/2
PaperZinkZink
microSD Max32GB32GB
Colors available77
Self-timerYesNo
Picture Modes62
Size prints2 x 3-inch2 x 3-inch

These products are more alike than different. Both feature a 10MP camera and use 2-by-3-inch ZINK Instant paper. This paper eliminates the need for costly film, ink, and toner and just uses heat to activate the colors inside. Each camera offers a built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery and, thanks to a built-in microSD port, allows you to save photos for later use. You can't print out photos from those microSD cards, but 32GB of storage is a decent size.

The Polaroid Snap and Kodak Printomatic mainly differ when it comes to the number of picture modes. The former includes borderless normal, black and white, and vintage sepia tone, along with Polaroid border format in normal, black and white, and vintage sepia tone. The Kodak model only offers black & white and color modes. Also, the Polaroid camera is the only one that includes a self-timer for capturing selfies, and a photo booth feature that lets you take four quick photos every four seconds. Because of these extra features, we recommend the Polaroid Snap over the Kodak Printomatic.

The Kodak Printomatic has a slightly wider aperture, which means it's more desirable in low-light situations. The difference is likely to be most noticeable if you're saving images to the microSD card for later use. If you're only planning to print photos on the fly with the tiny 2-by-3-inch ZINK Paper, the difference will be less noticeable. The Printomatic is also slightly cheaper, so if you want to save money (or are just a Kodak purist), it's not a bad purchase. Just note that you're getting a lot more for the money with the Snap.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.