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Polaroid SNAP samples

I downloaded some of the digital backup images from my Polaroid SNAP just now and thought I might as well post some samples of what they look like. Second one has the B&W filter option selected in-camera.

The SNAP saves everything you take to a MicroSD card, if you insert one, which you might as well—they’re undated, as it doesn’t have a clock, but as you can see the quality is not too bad. It’s certainly better than that of the actual prints which are ugly unless you’re in really good light; underexposed with odd colour shifts, very blue.

They work well for journalling though. I prefer Instax in general for colours, physicality and enjoyment, but if you want to stick pictures in a journal (which I do), the SNAP’s Zink prints are:

  • thinner, so you can put more in a book without it getting too fat;
  • sticky with peel-off backing, so you don’t need to carry tape/stickers/glue;
  • more space-efficient as there’s no border, so you can get more on a page.

Plus the SNAP is way lighter than any Instax camera, as are Zink paper refills, so better for travelling. It charges via USB too, vs the Instax battery on my Mini 90 needing its own charger, but that’s not a significant advantage as neither of them really use any power worth talking about and won’t run out.

Technical details: the EXIF data shows that ISO ranges from 37 to 450 on the ones I downloaded, with aperture at a constant f2.7.

Minolta VC-9 battery grip for the Dynax 9

The Dynax 9 is easily the loveliest late-era professional film camera I have used—all of its functions are so polished and perfect. Exposure is universally spot-on to the extent of being telepathic; autofocus is precise; the huge, clear viewfinder, like an Evian swimming pool, makes people say “ooooh maybe I should try a film camera”; dials and displays have just the right balance between knob-twiddling and “I don’t care just show me the settings”.