Polaroid photos have come along way since they initially came off the assembly line in the mid-fifties. Now, Polaroid has taken the instant photo to the next level. Introducing the Socialmatic Snapper— an Instagram-type camera. Starting now, you can pre-order it on Amazon for $299.99. The release is set for 1 January, 2015 and you can use this camera to instantly develop your photos or upload them to the web.
ADR Studio began the concept but partnered up with Polaroid as the hardware provider in March 2013. The camera sports a 14-megapixel lens on the front and a 2-megapixel lens on the rear-facing camera.
Running a customised version of Android, you can operate it using the 4.5 inch display screen. There is no cellular connectivity but you can post pictures to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram once you are in reach of a Wi-Fi network. You should also be able to use any Android application like Dropbox or Whatsapp.
Instant printing is also available which is a feature that is too tempting to ignore. Being able to physically hold your photos is definitely a high point. You may also create a QR code for your snaps so that you can track your photos online. Bluetooth and GPS is available and you get 4GB of on-board memory. You can increase this to 32GB with a memory card.
The manufacturers at Polaroid have stated, “The Polaroid Socialmatic is a remarkably innovative and exciting camera, designed to empower people all over the world to instantly capture, print and share life’s moments in ways never before possible. It offers users a unique blend of vintage Polaroid instantprint camera appeal, along with modern conveniences and must-have digital sharing capabilities. Start by snapping your best shots with the 14-megapixel forward-facing and 2-megapixel user-facing cameras, and then instantly print physical photos and/or share them online via the Socialmatic PhotoNetwork and all major social media networks.”
This seems like an exciting new idea that should be popular amongst many people who can afford the extra expense of a novelty camera.