What kind of printer paper works with Polaroid Snap?

What kind of printer paper works with Polaroid Snap?

Best Answer: The Polaroid Snap uses a special 2-by-3-inch photo paper know as Zero Ink or ZINK Paper. This paper produces color using heat instead of ink.Magic crystal paper: Polaroid Premium ZINK Paper (50-Pack) (opens in new tab) ($22 at Amazon)

How does ZINK Paper work?

ZINK Paper is embedded with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals — the three primary colors that make up all colors seen on printed objects. This photo paper initially looks completely white since the crystals are transparent. However, once the Polaroid Snap heats each section of the paper appropriately, it turns into a colorful image. These crystals are protected by a glossy overcoat, which give the photo paper a shiny look.

Using ZINK Paper, you don't have to worry about ink cartridges, print ribbons, or other printing elements. That's what allows the Polaroid Snap to quickly produce physical photos while being both lightweight and easy to use. If you want more information on it, you can check out our explainer.

How is the image quality on ZINK Paper?

Polaroid Snap

There's no secret that the Polaroid Snap is meant to be a fun, novelty camera. As such, the ZINK Paper it uses doesn't have the best image quality. The pictures come out looking a bit faded and a little blurry. Some photos will even have lines streaking through them. This image quality is a pro if you like the look of vintage photos or hipster photography, but it can be disappointing otherwise.

In the end, this camera sacrifices image quality in exchange for fast physical photos. Since the photo paper is only 2-by-3 inches to begin with, this picture quality is fitting. Just don't expect crystal clear images or the most vibrant colors.

Another issue is that ZINK paper can get a little expensive when you have to restock your supply. You can save some money if you want to get a Polaroid Snap bundle (opens in new tab) or you can splurge for a pack of 50.

For the best results, you'll need to use the Polaroid Snap in well-lit areas. The camera's automatic focus works well overall and should produce decent enough clarity. In addition to capturing color images, the camera features both a sepia and a black and white mode, so you can have fun snapping different kinds of images.

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