Prynt Pocket Instant Photo Printer for iPhone 2020 Detailed Review.
Prynt Pocket Instant Photo Printer for iPhone: Back in the day, you’d need an expensive kit consisting of a high-end SLR camera, an array of films and lenses, and a whole lot of photo know-how if you wanted to call yourself a photographer. After all, this was the bare minimum needed to produce great-looking photos.
Today, photography is a much more accessible passion. “iPhoneography” is America’s favorite hobby, and the 20 billion photos uploaded on Instagram prove this.
Pocket photo printers are becoming increasingly popular, as they’re the most exciting way to create wallet-sized prints in the comfort of your own home. There are already plenty of contenders on the market, thanks to a hot new technology called Zink.
Not all Zink printers are created equally. The Print Pocket is the latest contender on the market. Today, we’ll be taking a look at their popular Pocket printer. We’ll go hands-on to show you what this little printer can do, and help you decide if this is the right printer for you.
Unlike most photo printers, this isn’t a stand-alone device. It clips onto the bottom of your phone, turning it into a modern-day Polaroid. It works with iPhones as old as the 5, all the way up to the latest iPhone 7 plus. If it’s got a lightning connector, it will work.
The Prynt Pocket camera comes with its own free app – a complete suite of tools designed to help you capture and edit your digital photos. In many ways, this kit is a lot like Polaroids’ modern instant print cameras.
The difference is that this model harnesses the power of the iPhone’s powerful camera, and doesn’t force you to work with a comparatively limited image sensor.
If all this isn’t enough for you, the printer even has a way to turn your photos into augmented reality video. Interested? Read on to see what we found.
Compared to the previous version, the new Prynt Pocket case is smaller, more portable, and much more attractive. It looks as if somebody took a knife and chopped the grip off of a real camera. You’ve got a large textured surface, and molded grip that fits the form of your hand, and a shutter button that can be used to take shots.
The Prynt Pocket is available in three colors. Both black and white were expected, but the energetic lime green option was certainly a nice surprise. Even though there is no cohesiveness between the design of your iPhone and the case itself, it doesn’t look out of place.
That being said, there is a very clear indication that the design was tipped towards “functional” rather than “fashionable”.
The AR features are one of the key selling points of this printer, and one of the things that set it apart from the competition. When you select a photo for printing, you’re asked if you’d like to tie it to a video. Once the photo is printed, there was a tiny symbol on the top right corner of the photo.
When you are in camera mode in the Prynt app, all you have to do is point the camera at your printed photo. Then, instead of the photo, you’ll see a movie in its place. From the phone display, it looks as if you’ve printed a video.
In 2003, Outcast encouraged listeners to “shake it like a Polaroid picture”. Sure, the technology use in this printer may be Polaroid derived, as may be the concept. But when you print your photos with the Prynt Pocket, no shaking is necessary. Zink stands for zero ink.
Your prints aren’t caused by the transfer of material from one place to another, but rather a chemical reaction between the film and the print head. From the very second, they come out of the printer, they’re dry and ready to handle.
Like all Zink based printers, the Prynt Pocket produces wallet-sized photos measuring 2 by 3 inches. This one prints edge to edge, so there are no bars or borders. Zink sheets come with peel and stick backs, so it’s easy to add them to your locker, bedroom wall, or to the back of your laptop.
The Prynt Pocket is being promoted as a printer case. This isn’t a reasonable reality. Unless this printer is part of a retro-throwback phase that includes a pair of JCNO jeans, there is no way that you’ll want to carry your phone around with the printer installed at all times.
Yes, it’s much smaller than its predecessor. Yes, it’s portable. But it will never be a permanent fixture on your phone.
Is the Prynt Pocket worth the money? Well, as far as pocket printers go this is definitely one of the better models. It’s much easier to use, combining the functionality of an external pocket printer and an all in one unit. There are a few compromises made between the two designs, but in the real world it turned out to be highly functional.