Instant Camera Uses Receipt Rolls For Printing Paper
PrintSnap offers the speed of instant photography with less expense
The Polaroid instant photo era is long gone, owing to how the airplane of digital photography turned it into the 21st century’s version of a zeppelin. Sure, a few enthusiasts and hobbyists still use one, but as a driving force in the market they’re a thing of the past.
Recent entries into the instant camera niche are smaller and more portable than the iconic Polaroid, and usually sync with a digital camera or smartphone. They’re fun, and convenient, and still provide the tangible instant gratification a Polaroid camera offered. The biggest limiter at this point is the paper. Instant cameras require standard photo print paper, which can come for a steep price… until now.
The PrintSnap camera is a sign of earlier times, aesthetically. It’s pretty big for a camera — the size of a medium shoe — and shaped like a 1980s clock radio. What’s innovative is its paper sourcing: it uses low-cost receipt rolls for its printing paper, available for just a few cents per photo.
Advantages of the PrintSnap include a fast printing time (under 30 seconds) and a no-cost paper source. While a disadvantage is that it’s a unitasking tool in an era of multitaskers, it does provide the beloved qualities of the original instant camera.
The makers of PrintSnap opted for a simple design supported by a quirky sense of humor. In their video ad for the phone, they mention several compatible design features:
- Easy cropping (with a pair of scissors)
- Wide array of filter options (via crayons or a highlighter)
- 100% effective document deletion (using a match)
Instant photography is likely to remain a backwater of the camera industry, but PrintSnap’s combination of low cost and high quirk could make it a long-term, if humble, player in the market. Folks who would like to see that happen can support the crowdsourcing campaign for the instant camera via creator Michael Ciuffo’s website.