Polaroid Socialmatic: Camera Review

The Polaroid Socialmatic is a camera that I’ve been eyeing for a while. It’s not something I ever would have bought myself, but my husband wanted to get me one as a gift, and it has become my new favorite toy.

In this blog post, we’ll be going over the features of the Socialmatic and how it compares to other cameras on the market today.

You can also check out the Polaroid Socialmatic here and see their complete list of features and accessories.

Features Of Polaroid Socialmatic:

Closed System: The Polaroid Socialmatic is a true-blue “point and shoots” camera. You can’t swap out lenses or add on accessories; however, you do have the option to buy additional flash modules.

Wireless Printing: This camera features built-in Wi-Fi for wireless printing capabilities. Now you don’t have to wait until you get home to download some of your favorite photos onto your computer! I love this feature because I always take more pictures than I plan on taking, so it’s nice not having to sort through all of them when I get back from my trips.

Sharing is Caring With the Polaroid Socialmatic, you can share pictures still wet with other leading social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter) users. I love the idea behind this feature; it’s perfect for amateur photographers like me that often times take more pictures than I plan to because there is something called “spray and pray.” It’s an easy way to get rid of all those extra photos while still getting some use out of them!

There are lots of accessories you can purchase with your Socialmatic.

Comparisons: The Polaroid Socialmatic is a pretty decent camera, and it’s priced well, but there are some drawbacks to this little number that I think need to be addressed:

Battery Life: This was the most common issue in most reviews I read about this camera. It seems like you get anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of life when fully charged; it’s not good if you’re planning to go out for the day!

Quality Of Photos: Another drawback with this camera is that although it is 12MP (and comes with “perfect shot” technology), the pictures seem to lack something in quality. For me, they come up washed out and grainy; not high quality by any means. I’ve been switching out the different settings and haven’t quite figured out this one.

The Socialmatic also has a 2″ screen for viewing your images, but after several reviews from others, it seems like it can be a little small in certain lighting conditions.

Recommendations: If you’re someone that takes pictures sporadically throughout the year and not daily, then this camera is perfect for you! It’s easy to use, and there aren’t many bells and whistles to confuse you when trying to figure out how to work it. However, if you’re looking for something with better battery life or picture quality, then I would check out the other cameras too.

This camera also has built-in editing tools so you can quickly adjust things like color balance or apply filters. There are essential editing tools available on most cameras today. What makes it unique with the Socialmatic is the “Beautify” setting which automatically meets all your skin tones for a more filtered look.

Pros & Cons:

Pros:

  • Price Point: Priced at $249 the Socialmatic is a very good deal compared to other cameras that can be upwards of $400.
  • Wireless Printing: I love this feature and it’s what sold me on this camera. Being able to print directly from my phone and not having to wait until I get home is priceless!
  • Another added bonus, you can make your photos square or horizontal if you choose!

Cons:

  • Battery Life: I have yet to be able to use the camera for more than an hour before it dies. The battery takes a very long time to charge so if you plan on buying this, make sure you also buy an extra battery or two!
  • Picture Quality: Although the camera is 12MP, there are multiple complaints about how grainy and washed out the pictures turn out in various lighting conditions. It seems like the flash is too bright that it cancels out all detail in the picture. Again, this could be something that can be adjusted but for me personally, no matter what setting I used, they always come up low quality.
  • Small Screen: If you’re planning on taking pictures outside or somewhere with lots of sunlight, many folks have complained that it’s nearly impossible to see the screen.
  • Picture Size: This camera takes pictures that are 2MP which is pretty standard for most other brands but if you’re looking to take full-sized images (i.e. 12MP), then this isn’t the camera for you!

Who Is It For?

I would recommend this camera to anyone who likes taking pictures occasionally throughout the year. If you don’t take more than 1-2 pictures a day, then I think the battery life will be just fine for your purposes! However, if you want to take more than 8 photos in an hour, I would check out some of the other cameras on this list.

Conclusion

Overall, I think this is an excellent camera for the price point and definitely not a bad option if you’re looking to take unique style pictures with built-in filters!

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