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Polaroid Pop 2 

This is both a camera and a printer all in one unit, you can take pictures on it and print them on Zinc paper or as it has Wi-Fi to your phone take images on your phone and send them wirelessly to the units printer for immediate printing while still out and about.

Polaroid Pop 2
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This unit can not only print images taken on the Polaroid Pop 2 but also print images already captured on your phone using Wi-Fi.

It is 14.5x12x3cm and weighs 441grams a tad under 1 lb. Its display is 8x5cm which allows you to see what you will capture before pressing the shutter. The image is shown at close to 4.5cm square and this is important as the images will be 1:1 and if printed on the Polaroid Pop 2 They will come out at 3 inches square even though the ZINC paper stock is 11x9cm.

Most Polaroid images – until recently – were the sort that came out showing nothing and developed over a couple of minutes, not so with the Polaroid Pop 2 images that come out fully developed and dry to the touch.

Going around the unit, it is black apart from the bottom 3cm that is blue; there is a single 1.5cm round red button that sits half on the black and half on the blue to the right of the TFT display.

The back has the lens 1 cm down from the top and 1 cm in from the left to its right is the LED flash. Above this is the exit point for the ZINC images. The left side near the base is the charge point for the micro USB to USB lead. That’s it, press the red button for around three seconds to turn the unit on, everything else is all controlled from the TFT display including the shutdown button.

Inserting the special ZINC paper must be done as per the instructions on the pack with the blue calibration sheet on the bottom which is then pushed out before the first image is printed. There is a number shown on the top of the TFT display to show the number of images left.

Capturing the image is just a matter of lining up your image and pressing the red button. The internal memory saves them and you choose when to print so you can capture several images before printing.

There is some editing available as well as selecting borders to place on the images.

For me the Polaroid software that links to your SmartPhone via Wi-Fi – a little fiddly to setup – but once done allows you to send images taken previously on your SmartPhone to be printed on the Polaroid Pop! is a nice feature.

I was happy with all the images I took and of course there is no compunction to print them if you are unhappy with them. Just remember they will be 3x3 inches and square so if your SmartPhone cannot be set for 1:1 think before you capture when you line up the image.

The Polaroid Pop 2 is available from Amazon for £199.99 in a choice of six different colours.

The ZINC paper is available for £15.99 for 20 sheets or £29.56 for 40 sheets.

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