Recreate the magic of instant printing, with your mobile device and the Polaroid Zip Photoprinter

by Fred Showker

Polaroid Zip Printer We've been waiting for this . . . a pocket-sized device allows you to instantly print your photos from today’s most popular smartphones and tablets ... and it's very cool! Who thought of it? Polaroid, of course, the first and only people to invent instant printing. Print and share images anywhere, using your modern mobile device and the Polaroid Zip (Zink Instant Photoprinter).


Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid tells us :

Quoting  begins With summer just around the corner, the Polaroid Zip photoprinter is coming to market at the perfect time of year. Whether it’s a graduation, wedding, summer road trip or just a backyard family barbecue, the summer months are filled with memorable moments just waiting to be shared with friends and family ... Smartphones have become the go-to tool for sharing our favorite memories digitally, but there is something special about sharing a physical photo. The Polaroid Zip photoprinter brings the Polaroid experience into the mobile age allowing users to quickly and easily print and share their favorite photos anywhere. Quoting  ends

Engineered To Fit In A Pocket, Designed To Fit Any Lifestyle

zlink_printerThe Polaroid Zip, one of the smallest and lightest portable printers in today’s market is approximately the size of a smartphone. It weighs just 186g (.41lbs) and can be taken anywhere, adding a whole new dimension to the mobile experience. The device measures 2.91” x 4.72”, just less than one inch thick and despite its wealth of features, the only physical control is a power button which has been seamlessly integrated into the unit’s boldly simple design.

It is the latest Polaroid product designed by the renowned design firm Ammunition, which is led by industrial designer Robert Brunner. Ammunition is the design studio behind many award-winning consumer products such as the wildly popular Polaroid Cube, the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones and speakers, and the Square Stand from Square.

Enhancements, Filters and Frames

The Polaroid Zip photoprinter features a free app for iOS and Android and connects to mobile devices via Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC. These dedicated apps are full-featured and give users the ability to express their creativity and enhance their prints. Users can capture a photo or select and edit an image from their gallery, applying a wide range of creative filters, effects and controls, including:

  • Enhancements to brightness, contrast, saturation and tint as well as 12 color filters including sepia, retro and HDR.
  • A collage mode that allows users to feature up to 9 images on one single print.
  • The ability to draw in various colors using the paint mode as well as the use of frames, stickers, stamps, emojis and animations make the image distinctive.
  • A unique business card creator allows users to choose from several templates and add in their image and personal info for a creative leave behind.
  • The option to make edits private and only viewable using the app’s secret view mode. Secret view will print the original photo with an individual QR code that, when scanned, will reveal the final image complete with add-ons and creative effects.


ZINK Zero Ink® Printing

The Polaroid Zip photoprinter uses the revolutionary ink-free Zero Ink® Printing technology developed by ZINK Imaging. The key to the ink-free system is the patented ZINK Paper®, an advanced composite material embedded with cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals and with a protective polymer overcoat. Before printing, the dye crystals are colorless making ZINK Paper® look like regular white photo paper. The ZINK-enabled Printer uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals. The result is full-color, high quality, long-lasting and smudge-proof images without ink cartridges, ribbons or toner.

The 2X3 inch photo prints in just under a minute so consumers can instantly share the photo with their friends and family. Additionally, because ZINK Paper® is adhesive backed the photo can be used as a sticker as well. The Polaroid Zip photoprinter includes an internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that’s capable of printing up to 25 ZINK® photos on a single charge.

The Polaroid Zip photoprinter is currently available for pre-order for $129.99 in the US at and online at B&H Photo (, and internationally on Amazon. It will begin shipping to consumers on May 1. For more information, please visit

GO Also see: Polaroid Z2300 10MP Digital Instant Print Camera
GO Polaroid Socialmatic 14MP Wi-Fi Digital Instant Print & Share Camera

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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Polaroid is one of the world's most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands. It features a rich, 75-year history that began with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value that the brand has long stood for. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing, serves to designate genuine Polaroid-branded products. For more information, visit
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ZINK Imaging Inc., a privately held company, was founded to enable millions of customers to enjoy the magic of ZINK® Zero Ink® products. ZINK Imaging invented, manufactures, and is a supplier of the ZINK® printing technology and the ZINK Paper®. In addition to ZINK Imaging's own ZINK hAppy™ branded products, the ZINK® technology is utilized by partner companies which bring ZINK®-enabled products to market under their respective brands. ZINK Imaging’s headquarters and research and development labs are located in Massachusetts, with a state of the art manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina. For more information, please visit ZINK®, Zero Ink® are registered trademarks of ZINK Imaging Inc. All rights reserved.

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