DJI Mini 4 Pro drone packs Mavic-style flagship features into a mini-package with a $759 price tag

Dubbed by DJI as the “ultimate mini drone”, the DJI Mini 4 Pro gives you the greatest specs in the smallest package yet, with a compact folding design that weighs under 250 grams, making it narrowly avoid FAA guidelines that require you to register drones above 250 grams in weight. That small size, however, doesn’t take away from this drone’s mammoth capabilities – it packs a main camera with a 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor capable of 4K/60fps HDR, a bunch of other cameras that give it situational awareness and advanced object avoidance, and the ability to record in both landscape as well as portrait modes. Borrowing from its flagship counterpart, the Mavic series, the Mini 4 Pro now also supports shooting in 10-bit D-Log M and HLG color profiles, and lets you set waypoints and activate cruise control while flying. With a starting price of $759, the Mini 4 Pro gives you flagship-grade features for less than half of the price.

Designer: DJI

Even by today’s standards, the Mini 3 Pro is quite a banger of a drone, but with the Mini 4 Pro, DJI just checks all the boxes to make sure there’s really no more room for improvement. The Mini 4 Pro arrives with a slew of upgrades, with a particular focus on its camera and processing capabilities. Notably, it now supports slow-motion recording at up to 4K@100fps, a substantial leap from the previous generation’s 1080p@120fps. If you’re looking for a higher dynamic range, the camera outputs HDR videos at 4k/60fps, giving your footage stunning crisp details with balanced yet vibrant colors. Want to switch from cinematic to social content? The camera flips 90° to record in true portrait mode, utilizing every pixel on its 1/1.3″ sensor instead of cropping the sides like most drones would.

“The Mini 4 Pro perfectly marries professional-grade capabilities while keeping its hallmark lightweight design, offering unmatched freedom and adaptability,” says Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director at DJI. “This drone emerges as the ultimate all-rounder, designed to elevate your creative toolkit.”

Low-light performance takes a significant step forward thanks to a new sensor equipped with dual native ISO, permitting the use of a secondary (higher) ISO setting to minimize noise. DJI has also incorporated an upgraded noise reduction algorithm within a Night Shots video mode, further enhancing the quality of footage captured in low-light conditions. Additionally, DJI has even introduced a wide-angle accessory lens, offering an expansive 100° field of view, available for separate purchase. This lens seamlessly attaches to the camera, akin to how Moment lenses enhance smartphone photography.

Range enthusiasts will appreciate the enhanced capabilities of the Mini 4 Pro, courtesy of the new O4 video transmission system, which now supports up to 1080p/60fps FHD at distances of a whopping 20 km. While keeping the drone within visual range remains essential, this upgrade fortifies signal strength against radio interference and unforeseen obstacles. On the software front, DJI has also introduced the Waypoints and Cruise Control features to the Mini 4 Pro, a welcome addition previously exclusive to the professional-grade Mavic line. This empowers users to program their drones to follow predefined paths or maintain a direct flight trajectory without constant manual input. You can save camera paths for later, or even draw camera paths with your finger directly on the app or the controller display, guiding the camera in the most intuitive way possible – with your fingertips.

The one area where the Mini 4 Pro somehow holds back is in the battery department. The drone ships with a standard battery that delivers 34 minutes of flight time, which can be upgraded to 45 minutes with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus. This new battery, unfortunately, pushes the drone above the 250g mark, forcing you to register the drone with the FAA if you want to operate it legally. The Intelligent Flight Battery Plus also delivers 2 less minutes of flying on the Mini 4 Pro than the Mini 3 Pro, which could output 47 minutes.

For those considering the Mini 4 Pro, the base package retails at $759, which includes the DJI RC-N2 Remote Controller (requiring a smartphone), Intelligent Flight Battery, a pair of propellers, and the usual assortment of cables and accessories. An alternative package with the RC 2 controller is available for $959, offering the same contents. For the ultimate flight experience, the Fly More Combo (featuring the RC 2 controller) is priced at $1,099 and encompasses three batteries, three pairs of propellers, a DJI Mini Shoulder Bag, and a Two-Way Charging Hub. Enthusiasts seeking extended flight times can opt for the Fly More Combo Plus, which includes the upgraded batteries, priced at $1,159.

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The Tiny $200 Instax Pal Camera is basically keychain-sized EDC for Photographers and Influencers

Dubbed the Instax Pal, this tiny portable camera is a point-and-shoot wizard that lets you send photos directly to your Instax Link printer. Think of it as an everyday carry for someone who wants to quickly take multiple photos without needing to fish out their phone, unlock it, and start the camera app. The caveat, however, is that the Instax Pal is so compact, it doesn’t come with a viewfinder… and its internal storage is only good for about 50 photos (there’s an SD card slot for added storage). It does come bundled with the Instax mini Link 2 printer, as a consolation, with both costing just $200.

Designer: Instax

The Instax Pal’s only noteworthy highlight is its sheer portability. After all, the company manufactures instant cameras that develop photos seconds after clicking them, and instant printers that let you print photos on command… so it only made sense to build the one last product left in that ecosystem – a portable camera that didn’t do any printing, but rather, delegated the printing to an instant printer. Given that the Instax Pal and mini Link 2 come as a bundle, it seems that the folks at Fujifilm (Instax’s parent company) hope to make the Pal your everyday photography companion.

About as small as the Polaroid Cube from as early as 2014, the Instax Pal packs a fairly respectable camera setup, with a 16.25mm equivalent lens sporting an f-stop of 2.2 and 5MP output with a 1/5″ sensor. The Pal also has an LED flash, a tiny speaker, and a shutter button on its rear. As mentioned earlier, it lacks the viewfinder, but somewhat makes up for it with a silicone ring that attaches to the top, acting like a makeshift eyepiece for roughly composing your shot. Alternatively, you can place the camera on the ring as if it were a trivet, using it as a stand instead.

The camera has the capability to print on three different sizes of Instax film: mini, square, and wide. By using the app, you can shoot remotely with a live view and apply filters and frames before or after taking the photo. Additionally, you can customize your own “pre-shutter sounds” that will play through the camera’s speaker before each click.

Point, click, and shoot, and the Instax Pal captures photos to its internal memory. Although the built-in storage on the camera isn’t good enough to write home about, an SD card slot lets you store more photos for future review. When connected to the upcoming Instax Pal app, the camera will transmit photos to your phone, letting you edit them and upload them to social media, or send them to the mini Link 2 printer. Conversely, a ‘Link mode’ on the camera allows you to skip the app and print directly from an Instax Link printer or hybrid camera as soon as you take the picture, mimicking the true experience of an instant camera.

Instax plans on selling the Pal in 5 color options, priced at $199. Along with the camera, you also get the mini Link 2 printer and a 10-pack of photo sheets. Despite this peculiar arrangement (of separate hardware devices for cameras and printers), it is evident that the company’s intentions are clear. The Instax brand has gained immense popularity and profitability, prompting Fujifilm to fully embrace its entertaining charm in order to captivate a younger demographic. The Instax Pal is also perfect for children, given its uncomplicated design/format, and its compact form that makes it a great gift for parents to give their shutterbug kids. Alternatively, it’s a nifty toy for photographers and influencers too, practically becoming an affordable EDC that they can string around their keychain and carry around wherever they go!

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GoPro and Insta360 get a Solid Competitor with the Kandao ‘QooCam 3’ 360° Action Camera

Although Kandao has built its reputation on high-end VR filming gear and conferencing equipment, its more popular sellers have always been consumer-facing gadgets like the QooCam range. The company’s latest offering in the series is the QooCam 3, a tiny handheld 360° action camera designed to butt heads with the GoPro Max and the Insta360 X3. With a $349 price tag, the QooCam 3 stuns its competitors with a 1/1.55” sensor and an f1.6 aperture that allows for more light to pass through, helping the camera capture more detail with less light. The result, 360° video at resolutions of up to 5.7K or regular action-camera-style videos at 4K. Oh, and spatial audio to match your spatial videos too!

Designer: Kandao

With its two 1/1.55 inch sensors, the QooCam 3 surpasses the Insta360 X3’s 1/2″ and the GoPro Max’s 1/2.3″ sensors. This, coupled with its impressive maximum lens aperture of f1.6 (compared to the X3’s f1.9 and the Max’s f2.8), greatly enhances its ability to reduce noise and deliver exceptional performance in low-light conditions. The QooCam 3 is capable of capturing 360° video at a maximum resolution of 5.7K@30fps or regular video at 4K@60fps. Additionally, it can produce stunning 62 MP panoramic photos and record 360° 4-channel spatial audio in Ambisonic format, allowing users to focus the audio based on their desired framing direction.

The QooCam 3 shares a remarkable resemblance with the GoPro Max in terms of its physical appearance, although it is slightly bigger and heavier. It has the ability to be submerged in water up to a depth of 10 meters or 33 feet, and its IP68 rating ensures that it is resistant to both dust and water, making it suitable for various action-packed and adventurous situations. On the software level, though, the QooCam 3 shares quite a few similarities with the Insta360 X3, like the invisible selfie stick (the stick doesn’t appear in 360° videos), post-production reframing, video stabilization, automatic horizon leveling, and time-lapse wizardry. Kandao sweetens the deal with a mobile app for creative editing and seamless social media sharing, along with a desktop application for the more advanced post-production enthusiasts.

It seems like Kandao has its sights on the 360° action camera market, with a pretty affordable $349 price tag, undercutting even the GoPro Max by a solid $50. The QooCam 3 is available on Kandao’s website, although it should hit Amazon stores soon too.

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Polaroid I-2: Something the Photographer in You Was Waiting For

Polaroid, a name synonymous with instant photography, has once again pushed the boundaries of creativity with its latest offering – the Polaroid I-2 Instant Camera. This remarkable addition to the Polaroid family is a perfect blend of classic aesthetics and modern functionality, designed to cater to the diverse tastes of creative enthusiasts around the world.

Designer: Polaroid

One of the standout features of the Polaroid I-2 is its collaboration with Japanese optical engineers, resulting in the creation of the sharpest-ever Polaroid lens. Equipped with a wide aperture three-lens system, this camera ensures that your snapshots are as sharp and vibrant as they come, whether you’re capturing moments indoors or basking in the sun’s glow.

But the innovation doesn’t stop there. The I-2 integrates both autofocus and LiDAR technology, effortlessly adapting to different lighting conditions. Say goodbye to the frustrations of missed shots due to focus or exposure issues, as this camera ensures each image is a masterpiece.

Breaking away from the standard point-and-shoot format, the Polaroid I-2 introduces built-in manual controls. With a viewfinder and customizable shooting modes, this camera offers photographers a greater degree of creative freedom. Adjust the aperture and shutter speed to capture your vision perfectly. If you find a particular combination that resonates with your style, you can save it as a favorite setting using the Polaroid app.

Embracing modern connectivity, the I-2 comes with Bluetooth functionality. This feature allows users to sync the camera with the Polaroid app, offering remote control access and access to software updates. Stay up-to-date with the latest features and enhancements effortlessly.

Photography enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover the 49mm thread mount on the camera, which is compatible with filters and additional lenses. This versatility allows you to experiment with various effects and perspectives, truly unleashing your creativity.

With seven different f-stops, ranging from the largest f8 down to f64, the I-2 empowers you to experiment with exposure and depth of field. Craft your images with light just the way you envision them.

The Polaroid I-2 Instant Camera is a testament to craftsmanship. This camera was created entirely in-house, with its sleek black form a direct result of its function. Built around manual controls and a Japan-team-designed lens, it embodies an iconic yet original design. It’s not just a camera; it’s a craftsperson’s tool in an elegant package.

For film enthusiasts, the I-2 Instant Camera offers flexibility in film selection. It plays nicely with both i-Type 600 and SX-70 films, allowing you to choose the film stock that suits your preferences and style.

While embracing innovation, the I-2 pays homage to the classic Polaroid style that has become an enduring symbol of instant photography. Its design seamlessly blends the timeless charm of Polaroid with the cutting-edge technology of today.

The Polaroid I-2 Instant Camera is available for $599, with various film options to suit your preferences. This investment in your craft opens up a world of creative possibilities, allowing you to capture memories with the precision and artistry that only Polaroid can deliver.

In a world where digital dominates, the Polaroid I-2 Instant Camera stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of analog photography, offering a delightful fusion of craftsmanship and innovation for creative enthusiasts. With its sharp lens, manual controls, and seamless adaptability, it is a testament to Polaroid’s commitment to evolving with the times while staying true to its heritage. So, whether you’re a seasoned photographer or a newcomer to the world of instant photography, the I-2 is an excellent choice to embark on your creative journey.

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Sony VLOG-001: A Handheld 3-Axis Stabilized Camera Concept That Resonates with DJI Pocket 2

Sony is an absolute behemoth in the camera space, pretty much dominating the sensor market with its high-quality CMOS sensors that form the bedrock of most camera systems. However, the company (which has pretty much created every product under the sun from robot dogs to bouncing/dancing speakers) hasn’t made much progress beyond professional cameras, smartphone cameras, and the odd CCTV security camera (yes, they exist). The VLOG-001 puts that fact to rest by proposing a unique concept for a Sony-branded 3-axis handheld action/vlogging camera.

Designer: Priyanshu Jaiswal (Stang.ID)

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Designed during Advanced Design’s Offsite Cohort, the VLOG-001 is a culmination of all of Sony’s high-end consumer electronics products. It picks up on design cues from its mirrorless cameras, hi-fi audio players, TWS earbuds, and even the SRS-RA3000 – one of Sony’s most absurd high-end speakers.

Simply put, the VLOG-001 is Sony’s answer to the DJI Pocket, a category-defining handheld camera with its own built-in 3-axis stabilizer. Designed to bring DJI’s drone technology to the handheld format, the Pocket (formerly called the Osmo Pocket) set a new standard for handheld vlogging. While the company clearly enjoys the limelight in this category, sharing the vlogging space only with Insta360 (as GoPro fades into obscurity), the VLOG-001 tries to imagine a future where Sony has a dog in the handheld gimbal-cam market too.

The handheld camera is reminiscent of Sony’s professional cameras, and comes with the same faux leather textured grip seen on most DSLRs and mirrorless builds. The bronze-accented black design is a nod to the company’s high-end Walkman audio players, while the controls borrow directly from its camera and music-player interfaces. Knobs, buttons, and switches let you control the camera on the fly (even while recording), and the gimbal-mounted single lens captures either the recorder (for vloggers) or what’s ahead simply by flipping around 180°. The camera can also alternate between landscape and portrait-style shooting formats, and a fold-out display (reminiscent of the Handicam days) lets you view what you’re recording. The display is measurably larger than the one found on the DJI Pocket 2, and the VLOG-001 does it one better by also coming with a built-in flash for low-light recording.

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A colorful version of the classic Contax G2 camera can be yours for $8,300

In another case of everything old is new again, we’re seeing a trend of digital cameras becoming popular with the younger generation. While of course most people still use their smartphone’s camera to take pics and videos, there are still those who prefer to bring around actual cameras to capture selfies, moments, landscapes, and other imagery. So we’re seeing a welcome resurgence of these kinds of cameras and accessories. Back “in the day” (and we mean the late 90s to early 2000s), the Contax G2 was one of the most advanced rangefinder cameras and now we’re seeing a reimagined design for this “classic”.

Designer: MAD Paris and Casablanca

The MAD Casablanca Contax G2 Camera is a colorful reimagining of this classic digital camera by MAD Paris and Casablanca. Instead of just the classic black, silver, and gray from the original version, we now get a color-blocked design that showcases the brands’ distinctive looks. You get blocks of green, yellow, blue, and red with occasional black and silver colors as well and the signature diamond logo branding to top it off. The camera gets a hand-applied ceramic multi-colored coating finishing.

In terms of the features, you still get what the Contax G2 is famous for. That includes the Carl Zeiss Planar 45mm f/2 lens, the 35mm autofocus, a four-frame-per-second integrated motor drive, up to 1/6000 per second shutter speeds, etc. When you purchase the set, it also includes a CR123A battery, neck strap, and a Superia Premium 400 film roll. The camera itself uses plastic, aluminum, and glass materials.

While the original Contax G2 was manufactured in Japan, this version was created in the U.K and is a limited edition only. For now, it’s actually sold out on the Casablanca Paris website but hopefully, they are able to produce more. Well, you would have to spend $8,300 to have one of these babies so the fact that they have already sold out means a lot of people are willing to spend that much to be able to have a colorful version of this classic camera.

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Before you buy the Apple Vision Pro, check out this Dual-lens VR camera that shoots 6K Videos in 3D

Sort of like a GoPro on steroids, the CALF 3D VR180 is a tiny handheld camera with not one but two large lenses on the front. The purpose? To capture images and videos in stereoscopic vision, just the way our eyes see things around us. The dual fisheye lenses record an expansive, immersive, three-dimensional view of anything you point your camera at, allowing you to create content and record memories that feel incredibly real. After all, that’s what the metaverse promised us, isn’t it?

Exactly two months ago, Apple singlehandedly revived the future of the Metaverse. Sure, the company wants you to call it “Spatial Computing”, but if it hadn’t been for the Vision Pro, VR and AR would have been somewhat of an afterthought. However, the Vision Pro doesn’t exist in a void. Just like the iPod spawned a bunch of additional products, as did the iPhone, VR headsets require a healthy ecosystem too – and 3D cameras are a strong part of that ecosystem. Poised to be a perfect entry-level professional camera designed for capturing 3D and VR content, the CALF 3D VR180 camera is capable of recording 8K images and 6K videos through its 185° wide-angle lenses and Sony CMOS sensors. Built-in stereo microphones capture a binaural soundscape too, giving you 3D audio to match your 3D video. Much like using a DSLR or an action camera, it can either be used handheld or mounted on a tripod, and recorded content can either be viewed in 2D on the camera’s viewfinder, or in 3D using a VR headset of your choice.

Designer: CALF

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The CALF 3D VR180 is a professional-grade camera that’s designed to be as ubiquitous as the action-cam. Targeted at professional vloggers and content creators, but also early adopters looking to stand at the cutting edge of technology, the camera sees the world exactly the way your eyes see it, making it a compelling way to record reality. In a world that will eventually pivot to “spatial computing” and “spatial entertainment”, this format of recording is all but inevitable.

Armed with two 34mm custom fisheye lenses that capture a stunning 185° FoV, the CALF 3D VR180 camera lets you take 8K photos and record 6K videos at 50fps speeds (or 4K @60fps) thanks to the dual Sony CMOS sensors within the camera. The lenses sit exactly 65 millimeters apart, which is also the average distance between your left and right eye. This ensures that both left and right channels get recorded with just the right level of depth perception. Meanwhile, a 3.5-inch TFT LCD display on the back lets you see what you’re capturing as you click photos and record videos.

Images and videos get directly recorded to CALF’s built-in SD card slot that supports maximum storage of 512GB. A companion smartphone app also lets you preview and transfer media, or even directly upload it online to social networks. You can even live stream directly from the camera via your smartphone, although the only caveat is that content needs to be viewed using a VR headset (although you can even grab that dusty Google Cardboard from 2015 and view 3D VR media through your smartphone).

The CALF 3D VR180 camera also comes with not one but four tripod mounts (on the top, bottom, left, and right) that let you attach tripods, selfie sticks, or even stabilizing gimbals for professional-quality footage. This effectively means you’ll look a little more professional as you capture content, unlike with the Vision Pro which requires you to wear the headset while you record media, making you pretty much look pretty ridiculous (don’t quote me). A stereo microphone records in dual channels, although there’s a 3.5mm aux input for connecting an external mic to your camera to build your professional setup. The only thing really missing is a flash…

Although it sports a hefty $1499 price tag, the CALF 3D VR180 camera is one of the first few VR-ready cameras targeted at consumers and content-creators looking to begin recording in this new format. It’s also significantly cheaper than other 8K VR cameras that can cost 4-5x the price, making it ideal in a space that isn’t crowded (especially in that budget). The camera comes with a standard 1650mAh replaceable battery (sort of like the one on a DSLR) that gives you more than 1.5 hours of continuous recording time, and also sports a USB-C port for charging your device or plugging a power-bank in for longer recording sessions. Media can then be beamed to the Calf app (which is free for Android and iOS users) where you can upload and transfer content, or to the free Calf Cut app that lets you edit and post-produce your videos. Each CALF 3D VR180 camera ships with two lens caps, a storage bag, a 64Gb SanDisk SD Card, a battery, lens-cleaning cloth, and charging brick and cable, starting as early as September 2023. That’s well before the Apple Vision Pro hits the shelves, giving you enough time to master the art of VR imaging!

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Snapchat Engineer Designs AI-Camera That Runs Stable Diffusion To Turn Your Photos Into AI Art

Created by Twitter-user Kyle Goodrich, the DreamGenerator is a compact handheld shooter that runs Stable Diffusion to transform the photos you take. With as many as 30 themes to choose from, you can prompt the camera to make your photos retro, sci-fi, zombie, pirate-themed, and much more. The photo you take is displayed on the DreamGenerator’s viewfinder display, and in a matter of seconds, is transformed into something totally new, created by the Stable Diffusion program running within the camera.

Designer: Kyle Goodrich

The DreamGenerator was built by Kyle Goodrich, a 3D artist and augmented-reality product designer at Snapchat. Seeing that most AI-gen tools can be extremely complicated on the surface, Goodrich decided to make a point-and-shoot-style camera with an easy UX to help democratize the act of AI art generation. The camera looks pretty simple on the outside (it reminds me of Spotify’s Car Thing), but hides some impressive tech on the inside. A simple camera module feeds images to the DreamGenerator’s Raspberry Pi computer, which runs an instance of Stable Diffusion and ControlNet to create AI art based on said image. AI generative tools usually require an immense amount of GPU and computing power – well beyond the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi, which leads one to believe that the AI generation happens over the cloud.

A simple interface lets you click a photo and then toggle through a set of 30 different prompt themes. Once selected, you can instantly transform your photo based on the prompt, creating AI art that is heavily inspired by the photo you just clicked. All the computing happens in real-time, and is visible on the camera’s display. Different buttons also let you generate variations of the same input photo.

Although currently just a one-off prototype, it isn’t immediately clear if Goodrich plans on open-sourcing the DreamGenerator or even selling the camera online. The tech is rather impressive, though, simplifying AI tools in a way that really allows anyone to play around with them.

However, this isn’t the first time creators have worked on AI-powered cameras. We recently covered the Paragraphica, an AI camera that captures images without a camera lens. Instead of using image inputs, the Paragraphica would use Google Street View data along with a few other parameters to generate text prompts for the text-to-image AI model.

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Allow Your Kids to Capture Moments with the New P-series Thermal Print Camera

In today’s fast-paced world, capturing memories has become an integral part of our lives. Every second holds a unique experience worth preserving, from the beauty of a soaring kite against a clear sky to the soothing sounds of chirping cicadas on a summer day. Enjoying these little moments adds to the happiness quotient in our stressful urban lives. Understanding the importance of these precious moments, we are thrilled to unveil the latest addition to our product lineup: the P-Series Portable Thermal Print Camera, designed especially for children and students.

Designer: Mengling HaiDPP

Combining the functionalities of a thermal printer, and camera the P-Series Thermal Print Camera is a versatile device that empowers young users to express their creativity and document their world in a unique way. Its sleek design features organic shapes that are visually appealing and ergonomic, ensuring a comfortable grip for extended use.

The thermal printing capability of the P-Series Thermal Print Camera surely adds an innovative twist to the traditional concept of photography. Gone are the days of waiting for photos to be developed or relying on digital screens to view your images. With this camera, users can snap a picture and instantly print it using thermal printing technology. The resulting prints have a unique vintage aesthetic, reminiscent of the classic Polaroid instant photos that have charmed generations. However, it is not a product that’s one of a kind. There are many more popular alternatives that have more testimonial appreciation.

One of the standout features of the P-Series Thermal Print Camera is its rapid photo-taking capabilities. Often, we find ourselves wanting to capture multiple shots in quick succession, only to be hindered by the camera’s sluggish performance. However, this camera addresses this issue by incorporating a meticulously designed viewfinder. The challenge lies in controlling the speed at which the viewfinder pops up. Through careful adjustment of the gear bite tightness and the precise amount of specialized damping oil used, the viewfinder achieves an optimal pop-up effect in just 1.2 seconds.

The viewfinder is not the only aspect that sets the P-Series Thermal Print Camera apart. Its model verification at the functional level ensures consistent performance and durability, allowing users to rely on their devices for countless adventures. Whether it’s capturing spontaneous moments during a school field trip or documenting creative projects, this camera is built to withstand the demands of active young users and is designed to be held for longer hours.

The P-Series Thermal Print Camera caters specifically to children and students, providing them with a creative outlet for self-expression and a powerful tool for documenting their lives. It combines the convenience of a portable thermal printer with the joy of photography, all in one sleek and stylish device.

In addition to its photography features, to cater to the inquisitive nature of a child’s inquisitive nature, the P-Series Thermal Print Camera can consider incorporating a search tool to enhance the overall user experience. With this functionality, young users can scan QR codes, search for additional information, or even translate text through the camera’s lens. This feature could promote curiosity and exploration, making learning an interactive and engaging experience in this innovative world. It would almost be like a smartphone for children but with limited features that solely help their development. These features would also stand out in the market.

Having said that, the P-Series Thermal Print Camera is a game-changer in the world of portable photography. Its unique combination of thermal printing, rapid photo-taking capabilities, model verification, and ergonomics make it an ideal companion for children and students. With every second of life worth recording, this camera ensures that no moment is left uncaptured. Let the P-Series Thermal Print Camera be your child’s gateway to exploring the world and immortalizing their memories in a truly tangible way.

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Instax SQUARE SQ40 makes a literally big gamble on the fusion of past and present

Although it might not be as hyped or as loud as before, there is still a strong “retro” design trend today as people continue to rediscover and appreciate the aesthetics and values of their forebears. Vinyl records and players are still attracting audiophiles, while the iconic “Polaroid” photo format continues to tickle the fancy of even younger generations. The latter is, of course, possible with any smartphone and a specialized printer, but that only delivers half the joy of the instant photo experience. That other half is courtesy of a dedicated instant camera, and the latest addition to that roster is perhaps the biggest and boldest attempt at appealing to all generations of shutterbugs, bearing details from not one but two “old-school” cameras for modern people to enjoy today.

Designer: Fujifilm

It’s almost surprising that the Instax line of Polaroid-like cameras would take the photography market by storm despite their inherent technical limitations. Despite their attachment to social media and selfies, the “instant” generation found themselves drawn to these rather adorable non-digital cameras, appealing to their sense of instant gratification, desire to share, and love of novelty. The new Instax SQUARE SQ40 retains these qualities, particularly with the use of a special photo paper and instant printout of photos, but it also takes the design in another direction to grab the attention of more earnest photographers.

Right off the bat, the Instax SQUARE SQ40 looks bigger than its predecessors, though the brand promises it is designed to easily fit in your hand. In this regard, it takes some cues from traditional cameras, such as those that Fujifilm produces, including the use of a textured leather-like black surface that gives it a more stylish and elegant appearance. There’s even a camera case specially designed for this shooter that also uses a kind of tactile material not unlike leather.


Although it pays homage to instant and traditional cameras of the past, the Instax SQUARE SQ40 has its feet, pardon the pun, squarely planted in the present. An auto-exposure feature lets you take usable photos even in the dark without having to fiddle with settings or dials. More importantly, a twist of the telescopic lens ring activates the camera’s “selfie mode,” revealing a tiny mirror that will help you frame the perfect shot, even if you have to squint a bit.

The Instax SQUARE SQ40 not only continues the retro instant camera trend but upsizes it and gives it a bit of a different character. Of course, there will be plenty of practical arguments against this kind of camera, especially with a larger size that makes it hard to easily stash in bags. For avid photographers who want to share a unique and truly one-of-a-kind photo, however, the $149.95 price tag might actually be just fine, though you’ll have to also take into account the boxes of film you’ll also have to buy in the long run.

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