Polaroid Mint is One Part Camera, One Part Printer, All Parts Nostalgia
Polaroid is back to work with a new take on their iconic shoot-print-shake-enjoy cameras with the Polaroid Mint, an otherwise affordable option to bring back the fun of taking photos on the go.
Unveiled at CE Week 2018 in New York, Polaroid showcased a few brightly colored boxes that have their signature shoot-and-print capabilities anchored to a 16MP camera that is then further controlled by a smartphone. The idea is very familiar with their legacy of on the spot printing. However, it certainly feels more like a successor to the Polaroid Zip, an on-demand printer controlled by a smartphone.
The product as a whole is pretty straightforward and, for better or for worse, it doesn't try to be anything it isn't. What that means is it doesn't claim to be rugged, or HDR, or have any zoom functions. It has basics like flash and a self-timer, but ultimately it is a throwback to a different era, before smartphone domination, and does a fantastic job at finding its own space while holding its ground. And while those aesthetics and functions certainly give it a one-dimensional purpose but at $99 it can afford to be.