Kodak's latest digital camera is a Polaroid clone

By Shawn Knight
Sep 12, 2017
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  1. Kodak and Polaroid are often considered to be photography’s equivalent of BlackBerry. Much like the Canadian handset maker, both companies were once dominant industry forces that fell out of relevance due to their inability to adopt modern technology.

    Rather than bow out of the fight, however, the two continue to push forward with products that aren’t exactly innovative. Kodak’s new Printomatic instant camera is the latest example.

    Not to be confused with Gallagher’s next comedy special, the Kodak Printomatic is a slim digital camera with a 10-megapixel sensor that can instantly print 2 x 3-inch sticker photos on special non-ink paper. Sound familiar? It should.

    Polaroid in 2015 launched Snap, an on-the-spot camera that has a lot in common with Kodak’s latest. In fact, they’re essentially one in the same.

    As The Verge highlights, the Printomatic is being produced by a company called C+A Global which is simply licensing the Kodak name. It just so happens that C+A also licenses from Polaroid, the company behind the aforementioned Snap camera. Both cameras were designed by Ammunition Group, a Silicon Valley firm that confirmed to the publication that the Printomatic is virtually the same as the Snap albeit with a simplified design (and a rebadge).

    Like BlackBerry, you almost wish they’d just throw in the towel rather than resort to rebranding products that are years old at this point.

    Should you somehow feel compelled, the Kodak Printomatic launches later this month priced at $69.99.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,724   +1,117

    I didn't realize that one of the requirements for being a Techspot writer was to be a complete hater.
     
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  3. Godel

    Godel TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +23

    Camera and printer in one small package -- depending on details and price of consumables it could be OK for young kids.
     
  4. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 2,948   +1,637

    Sad to say that "the great yellow father" is only a shadow of it's former self and considering the qualify of cell phones out here it just does not seem to be a good fit for the market place. Kodak's corporate leadership has always been a little slow but that is with good reason. The investment in time and money for new products can be huge and nobody wants another lemon.

    Personally, I'd like to see them form a much smaller group that specialized in the special chemicals and papers so the film & paper hobbyist could could continue. Having a single source for Agfa 6, Litho Films, B&W films, Verigam paper and Kodak's line of chemicals would generate business, but not to the volume it once did. Still, it would paint the Kodak name in a very positive light.
     

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