Polaroid Snap Touch is nothing but a palm size photoprinter attached to a digital camera. Though it make sound exactly like the yesteryear instant shooters, which would give instant photo prints, it is different, as here one has the option of editing pics, decorating it with stickers, borders, filters, etc. Also, it has Bluetooth connectivity so one can print pictures from iOS and Android with the help of free Polaroid Print App. It is even equipped with a mirror and timer, for taking perfect selfies!
Snap Touch Teardown is a complete package half camera, half printer, and complete enjoyment!
Disassembling the Snap Touch ($180) was surprisingly simple. The plastic shell snaps together and is secured with several Phillips screws. Inside the device, the main components include a pair of circuit boards, the printer mechanism, the battery and a flash and button assembly. All the components are easily removable using the same Phillips #000 screwdriver used to open the shell.
The components: Picture perfect
It takes tech to capture those special moments:
Flash and button assembly: Attached to the camera’s pop up flash are the shutter and power buttons, the autofocus sensor and a super small selfie mirror. A cylindrical Miwecon 60uF 330v photoflash capacitor powers the flash.
Plastic shell: My camera’s blue plastic shell consists of three parts: The main body on which the internal hardware is mounted, a front panel that protects the lens and internal hardware and a rear frame that surrounds the LCD touch screen.
Photo printer assembly: The Snap Touch prints photos on special Zink zero ink thermal paper. Dye crystals are embedded in each 2×3 inch sheet that when heated change from colorless to their respective colors (cyan, magenta or yellow).
Battery: Powering this camera/printer combo is a Fuji Electronics 7.4V, 1,100mAh, 8.14Wh Li Polymer Battery Pack.
Touch screen LCD: 3.5 inch LCD touch screen is used as a viewfinder when clicking pictures or videos; it even helps one browse photos stored in the internal memory of the camera or even the microSD card and gives access to the camera and printer controls.
Shielding: A thin metal shield is placed directly behind the shell’s front panel and in front of the camera’s camera and printer control boards, which are sandwiched on top of each other inside the plastic shell.
Camera control board: At the center of the Snap Touch’s camera control board is a 13 megapixel camera that can shoot stills and record 1080p full HD video. The camera is controlled by an iCatch Technology SPCA6330M camera system on chip (SoC). A 128MB Macronix MX30LF1G18AC SLC NAND flash memory module allows you to store up to 10 photos without inserting a microSD card (of up to 128GB). An ISSC (Microchip) IS1678S Bluetooth Dual Mode SoC provides wireless connectivity. Also attached to this board are the microphone, speaker, antenna, microSD card slot, Micro USB port and reset button.
Printer control board: Compared with the camera board, the printer control board is much less crowded. The main chips are a Conexant (Synaptics) X92132 ImagingSmart SoC printer controller and image processor and a 64MB Nanya NT5TU32M16FG AC DDR2 SDRAM module.
Screws (not shown): It takes over two dozen tiny screws, a pair of hinge pins and two springs to hold all the Snap Touch’s hardware together.