I’m excited to share a review of an instant print camera with video capabilities, along with a tutorial for making your own gift tags with personalized care instructions for your handmade gifts!
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Review: Polaroid Snap Touch
I’m going to age myself here, but my first camera was a hand-me-down Polaroid. The instantaneous printing may have been what actually got me into photography. I loved waiting for the pictures to expose after they popped out of the camera. Over the years, my taste in photography grew a bit more sophisticated, and first I got into the physical darkroom (in high school) and later into the virtual darkroom (using Lightroom). During that time, I grew away from Polaroid and I started playing with single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras.
Back in April, Polaroid was one of the exhibitors at the Snap Conference for bloggers, and I got a chance to see what they are up to today. (Things have changed quite a bit since the 1980s over at Polaroid.) I even got the chance to review one of Polaroid’s latest creations, the Snap Touch. I used it for a few months and today I’m sharing my review along with a tutorial for DIY project using the awesome instant print stickers. (Oops, spoiler alert: there are stickers involved.)
Okay, so let’s start with what’s in the box. (And, let me add that one thing that is frustrating about writing camera reviews is that you can’t take a picture of the camera with the camera. For that reason, many of the pictures in this post are taken with my Nikon D5300. I will indicate when the pictures are taken with the Snap Touch for comparison. More Snap Touch pictures are in the tutorial than the review, by the way.)
The Snap Touch comes with a package of ZINK photo paper, which uses zero-ink technology. These papers are 2″ x 3″ (5 cm x 7.5 cm) and have peel-back adhesive, so you can use them as photos or as stickers! It also includes the camera (obviously), a strap, a micro USB cable for charging, and a user guide. The camera has a magnetic cap and comes with its own flash.
You will need to get your own microSD card. I use a SanDisk 32GB microSD card to I can download and edit photos and videos later. (You can use a micro SD card up to 128 GB.) Once you unpack the camera, you can easily pop open the pack to install the ZINK paper.
With the camera out of the box, charged, and loaded with film and microSD card, you can use it several ways.
- You can film HD video (on a Polaroid!). You can see a sample video I shared on Facebook below. The video was shot indoors using natural lighting, and I didn’t edit for exposure or white balance because I wanted to give you an idea about what the Snap Touch is capable of in a regular environment.
- You can take instant photos. (And, they print out on stickers. How awesome is that?) Here’s a picture of a sticker of a picture of a scarf on the scarf itself!
- You can save photos for later on your microSD card. Yep, you can have it both ways – instant fun, and playtime in the virtual darkroom later. As an example, here are two pictures of the same scarf. The photo the left was taken with the Snap Touch and the photo on the right was taken with the Nikon D5300. Neither are edited. (The Nikon photo is more of a close up, though the pictures were taken at the same time, in the same position, and in the same lighting conditions.) You can see that the Snap Touch is able to hold its own quite well.
The camera is lightweight and easy to use. It comes ready to use with a tripod, so you don’t need to buy any adapters for that. I found that the Snap Touch fit well in my hand and I could fit it into a larger pocket if I was heading outside. There’s a LCD touch screen display that’s easy to understand. For instance, you can choose how many copies you want if you’re printing out a picture. This would be fun if you’re taking pictures at a party or family event – everyone can get their copy right away and you won’t have to worry about sending them out later.
You also have quite a bit of control over other settings, as you can see. For example, I like having a relatively dim screen and having the sound on, but not too loud.
You can also zoom (!), use an auto timer for self portraits, and even choose to take color, black and white, or sepia tone pictures. If you’re a natural lighting fanatic like me, you can even disable the flash. Also, if you’re into the Happy Planner, your Snap Touch pictures fit perfectly. You can watch this in action in the short video below.
The Snap Touch is available in the obvious colors like black and white, but also in fun colors like pink, blue, and purple. The Snap Touch retails for $179.99, but you can usually find it for less on Amazon. I love using it when carrying my DSLR is not convenient but I don’t want to pull out an enormous tablet to take pictures. (Also, unlike using a tablet, I can fill it up with pictures and videos when away from home without worrying about having to delete other important things like navigational apps.) It’s a great second camera for a photo nerd like me, or a main camera for anyone who wants a point-and-shoot with something more (the more being HD video, instant sticker photos, etc.). It’s also a really fun camera for kids because, you know, stickers. And, for us crafty types, the Snap Touch works out well for scrapbooking, using the Happy Planner, or making custom gift tags like the one’s I’m sharing a tutorial for below!
DIY Gift Tags with Handmade Care Labels
Tutorial by Underground Crafter
Your handmade gifts will be loved even more now that the recipients can identify the care instructions for their gift using these sticker photo gift tags! Jazz the tags up with scrapbook paper.
- Polaroid Snap Touch with ZINK Photo Paper.
- Oriental Trading Animal Print Paper Pack.
- Cricut Explore with Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access.
- StandardGrip cutting mat (I used the one from the Cutting Mat Variety 3 pack).
- Gift Tag Cut File (available here in Design Space).
- Cricut Pen (I used Sour Apple from the Candy Shop Markers set.)
- Scrap yarn or ribbon.
- Yarn needle.
Write and cut your gift tags
- Open the Gift Tag Cut File in Design Space. Customize tags to include care instructions for your gifts.
- Place your Oriental Trading Animal Print Paper with the animal print side down on your cutting mat.
- Load your Cricut pen.
- Set your machine to cut paper.
- Follow the prompts to write and cut.
- Carefully remove your gift tags from the cutting mat. Recycle unused paper scraps.
Make your stickers
- Take pictures of the projects you plan to gift with your Polaroid Snap Touch and print on ZINK Photo Paper. (The photo above, as well as the photos on the stickers, is taken with the Snap Touch.)
- Peel the backing off the ZINK Photo Paper. (The photo above is taken with the Snap Touch.)
Assemble your gift tags
- Stick the photo pictures on the front (animal print) side of the gift tag with the appropriate care instructions. Use the yarn needle to thread the yarn through the gift tag hole. (The photo below is taken with the Snap Touch.)
Once your gift tags are ready, tie them around your gift so the recipient will have a visual reminder for how to wash their handmade gift.
If you’re interested in making any of these projects as gifts of your own, you can find the free patterns here:
- Journey Shawl (crochet)
- Tina’s Day-to-Night Shawl (crochet)
- Fire Beads Scarf (knitting)
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