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Polaroid Pop debuts at CES 2017 and actually looks kind of neat

The latest Zink-printing digital camera from Polaroid blends a really cool design with a better designed camera experience than its Snap line.

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Lori Grunin Senior Editor / Advice

I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.

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For its 80th anniversary, Polaroid went back to Ammunition -- the design company responsible for its recent products with their distinctive rainbow stripe and bright colors -- for its newest camera with a built-in printer. And I have to say, it looks really fun. And not something an adult would be embarrassed to hold.

The Pop, launched at CES, is a 20-megapixel camera with a 3.9-inch LCD, for framing shots and a handful of touchscreen controls for settings, combined with its Zink-technology printer. It can also record 1080p video and store to a microSD card. Like its siblings, it connects to your phone and can act as a printer for your phone photos.

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To preserve the Polaroid experience, you can print Polaroid's signature border around it, though ironically, most of the people who will use these will have never had a genuine Polaroid film experience.

There's no pricing as yet, and Polaroid expects to ship it in the last quarter of 2017 -- just in time for your holiday gift giving and receiving.

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