Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Digital Camera review

Entry-level point-and-shoot instant print camera with an accent on affordable fun rather than true photographic quality

Kodak Printomatic instant print camera
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Of the exact same pocket-friendly size as the Kodak Step Touch, the Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Digital Camera – so-called because the outputting of its prints is a fully automated process – is rather more basic. Still, while it omits that alternative’s rear panel LCD, it still maintains affordability and cross-generational appeal. Photos can likewise be saved to an optional microSD card, while a USB port is provided for recharging the internal battery. Oddly, though, we don’t get an actual USB lead, or mains plug provided in the packaging. What we do get is a quick start guide and five sheets pack of Kodak zero ink 'Zink' photo paper to get us started. But we’ll still need to source a compatible USB lead to power it up and be able to take any pictures.


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    Pocket-friendly proportions

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    Affordable price

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    Simple point-and-shoot operation

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    Sporty retro design

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    Photos can be saved to optional microSD card


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    No included USB lead for recharging internal battery

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    Only 5-sheet starter pack included

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    Prints look more like a color photocopy than a true photographic print

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    Too easy to accidentally fire the shutter

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Instant print photography is all about fun and simplicity. While there are devices now available that add rear plate LCD screens and various in-camera editing options to provide users with an experience somewhere between an analog and a digital camera, the Kodak Printomatic Instant Print Digital Camera is pretty much as basic as we can get. 

Read more: see our guide for the best digital instant print cameras.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.