Instant Camera Uses Receipt Rolls For Printing Paper

Instant Camera Uses Receipt Rolls For Printing Paper

PrintSnap offers the speed of instant photography with less expense

Jason Brick
  • 22 december 2014

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.

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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.



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