Kodak Smile+ Digital Instant Print Camera review

Is this instant print camera with credit-card-sized sticky-backed prints and microSD storage the best of both worlds?

Kodak Smile+ camera in pink on a marbled surface
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Like the old-school idea of near-instant sticky-backed photo prints, but also sharing via phone app and data storage facilities courtesy of an optional microSD card? Then the pastel-coloured Kodak Smile+ can offer us all these options. It also comes at a reasonable cost that puts it into direct competition with Fujifilm’s Instax camera lineup. The only downside is that we’ve never been fans of the washed-out colors and photocopy-like quality of ‘Zink’ thermal paper prints, as offered here, which, despite their convenience, fall short of traditional lab quality. Still, the camera is fun to use, which should please younger family members.

Pros

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    Near instant sticky-backed photo prints

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    Dry to the touch ‘Zink’ zero ink technology

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    Compatible smartphone app allows for printing of images direct from our handset

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    Use of optional microSD card to store images

Cons

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    No preview/review screen on the back

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    Washed-out, dull color reproduction on Zink prints

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    Plastic-y camera construction

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    No LCD screen, so can’t pick and choose which images are printed

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With the resurgent interest in film yet also a present-day culture that requires instant gratification, it’s not hard to see why the return of instant print cameras has been something of a success. 

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Sensor5 megapixels
Sensitivity rangeAutomatic
FocusFixed focus
ScreenNone
ViewfinderOptical
Dimensions: 92.5 x 137.4 x 39.1 mm / 3.6 x 5.4 x 1.5 in

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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.