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Cracking Open the Polaroid Snap Touch Camera Printer Combination



Grab a palm-sized photo printer, screw on a digital camera, and have the Polaroid Snap Touch . Just like yesterday's Instant Shooter the Snap Touch will give you a photo in paper form after taking a picture. But with this new camera, you can choose which photos you want to print, edit your shots in advance, and even decorate your pictures with frames, filters, and stickers. The Snap Touch Bluetooth connection also lets you print photos from your iOS or Android device using the free Polaroid Print app. It even has a mirror and a timer to help you take the perfect selfie.

Snap Touch teardown: Half Camera, Half Printer, All Fun

Disassembling the Snap Touch ($ 1

80) was surprisingly easy. The plastic shell snaps together and is secured with several Phillips screws. Inside the device, the main components include a pair of printed circuit boards, the printer mechanism, the battery, and a flash and button assembly. All components are easily removed with the same Phillips # 000 screwdriver used to open the shell.

  Polaroid Snap Touch Instant Camera and Printer Combo Teardown

Polaroid Snap Touch Digital Camera and Printer Combo Teardown


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The components: Picture-perfect

To capture these special moments, you need a technique:

  • Flash and Knob Assembly: The camera's shutter release button and power buttons are the autofocus sensor , attached and a super little selfie mirror. A cylindrical flash capacitor Miwecon 60uF 330v drives the flash.
  • Plastic Case: The blue plastic case of my camera is made up of three parts: the main body on which the internal hardware is mounted, a front panel that protects the lens hardware, and a back frame surrounding the LCD touch screen.
  • Photo Printer Assembly: The Snap Touch prints photos on special zinc-ink thermal paper. Dye crystals are embedded in each 2×3-inch sheet, which when heated changes colorlessly to their respective colors (cyan, magenta or yellow).
  • Battery: This camera / printer combination is a Fuji Electronics 7.4V, 1.100mAh, 8.14Wh lithium polymer battery.
  • Touch Screen LCD: Snap Touch's 3.5-inch LCD touch screen, which serves as a viewfinder when taking photos or videos, allows you to browse photos stored in the camera's internal memory or a camera stored microSD card are stored camera and printer controls.
  • Shielding: A thin metal shield sits just behind the front panel of the case and in front of the camera's camera and printer control cards, which overlap each other in the plastic sleeve.
  • Camera Control Board: At the center of the Snap Touch camera control board is a 13-megapixel camera that can capture still images 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 the need for a microSD card (up to 128GB). An ISSC (Microchip) IS1678S Bluetooth dual-mode SoC provides wireless connectivity. Also, this board has the microphone, speaker, antenna, microSD card slot, micro USB port, and reset button.
  • Printer Control Panel: Compared to the camera card, the printer control panel 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 small screws, a pair of hinge pins and two springs to hold all Snap Touch hardware together.

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