I use Zink paper with my Polaroid Pogo bluetooth photo printer. These small 2 x 3 inch sheets are designed specifically for the printer and offer a quick and fun way to print out your phone snap shots and prints from digital cameras with Pictbridge. Because of the technology patented by Zink no ink is required and the images are produced using heat.
Zink is a patented technology meaning Zero Ink. The company makes several different types of thermal printing paper with this one being made exclusively for the Polaroid Pogo and Polaroid instant Zink cameras.
Each sheet measures 2 x 3 inches and they come in sealed packs of 10, often bundled into larger packs of 30, 50, 70 and 100 sheets.
Even though the technology has been around for a few years now it's still being developed and is pretty innovative. The colourful prints are created in around 60 seconds with no ink being used and are durable, smudge proof, waterproof and tear proof.
The paper itself is a composite with four layers, a gloss top coat, yellow, magenta and cyan dye crystals and a backing layer. These crystals are activated by heat when passing through a Zink device to enable subtle variations in colour and tone.
The paper has a peel off back and can be used as a sticker or kept intact as a photo.
I usually purchase a pack of 70 sheets which are available for between £10 and £15, however if you're willing to bid on ebay it's possible to get them at a much lower price and buying in bulk lowers the cost per sheets considerably too.
When I first started using the Pogo and Zink sheets the technology was pretty new and it did seem like a mini miracle. Now it's more of a fun convenience but still worth the price in my opinion. It's great to know that so long as your device has power all you have to do is load the paper and photos are printed out in under a minute. I never have to buy ink cartridges or align and clean printer heads and as I can fit the printer and paper in my bag I can use it anywhere. It's pretty popular at parties as friends can print out their usually embarrassing photos straight away and stick them onto surfaces such as note boards or pop them in a wallet or purse.
The quality of print outs will vary a little depending on which Zink device you have. Earlier Pogo devices need to warm up and the first print isn't usually as vivid as the rest, however later models seem to have fixed this problem. Whilst Zink promises photo quality prints I think this depends heavily on the source of the image. From a camera phone the quality is good as long as the image itself is well lit and the colour balance is correct. A yellow or orange cast from indoor lighting will often be exaggerated in the print and darker photos will not be very clear. This can be rectified with image editing prior to printing but nothing beats an image that is perfect first time around. Generally results are particularly good when using a digital camera with the capability to capture high quality photos although in all cases image resolution and good lighting are key.
Zink paper offers another outlet for creativity that I discovered whilst completing the experimentation section of A Level photography. Seeing as Zink paper is heat responsive you can achieve similar results to contact photography but with amazing coloured silhouettes. Contact photography is when objects are placed on light reactive paper and it is briefly exposed to light. The result is a print with a black background and the shapes of the objects in white on the paper. I did something similar using heated objects on the Zink paper. After blasting a sheet VERY briefly with a hair dryer it turned a bright shade of cyan. Next I placed metal buttons I had immersed in boiling water on the sheet for a few seconds and their shapes showed up in bright pink. It's a really cool effect but if you try it take precautions and wear oven gloves, use salad tongs to pick up buttons and dry them before applying to the paper.
I recommend this paper heartily! Don't expect the kind of quality you'd get form a dedicated photo printer but do expect hours of fun making collages of holiday snaps or making keepsake pictures of friends, family and pets.
Polaroid PoGo ZINK Photo Paper is a simple way to print photos. When used with a Polaroid PoGo Printer, you can print photos with no extra ink cartridges needed. The photo is printed using heat reacting with the paper itself.
The paper is of a good quality, it's thick and shiny and like a real photo. The ink doesn't run either and the photos don't need any time to dry.
The only problem is the size it comes in. It is too small for any photo frame or album and it doesn't show much detail. The paper can also be very expensive and is very hard to come across. The 30 sheets in the box can be used in one sitting, so it can be very expensive to use regularly.
The photos are good for any collages or scrap books that you have, as you can peel off the back to reveal a sticky back.
Overall I wouldn't buy this paper, or even the printer, as it is too expensive and too small. I would recommend either printing them off in a usual inkjet paper on much cheaper photo paper at the size you want, or taking them to a shop and getting them printed.
I was lucky enough to win a pogo printer from a penny auction site for 32p.
The printer its self is very sleek and fantastic but this review isnt about that.
The paper is generally quite expensive but after a bit of searching the cheapest i have come across is 90 sheets for £12.99 from play.com so not too badly priced.
All of the quantitys that you can buy wheher it be 30 60 or 90 will each have individual packs inside each with 10 sheets in.
The paper is very easy to load into the pogo, it is quite literally just a case of open pogo drop the papers in and go!
You must put in the piece of card with the barcode on which is at the bottom of the stack of papers though. The pogo will spit it straight back out but it need to go in for it to function correctly.
The pictures come out very clear on the zinc paper and I have been very impressed with the quality and speed.
All in all make sure you shop around for the best value as it is quite expensive but the pogo is a great little invention and must use the special polaroid zinc paper for it to function
I was really surprised when I opened my birthday present from my other half and found it was a Polaroid Pogo. I had never heard of it before. He got me the Pogo itself, a travel cover/carrier and a pack of photo paper.
The paper pack has 70 sheets (yes I know the product on Dooyoo shows the 30 sheet pack but oh well) in it and retails roughly at £12. The paper is 2x3" (5x7.6cm) so good for a borderless wallet picture. My son has printed a few photos of him and his friends and put them inside his closet door. They work like big stickers if you fancy that as the back peels off. When I first got the Pogo I printed a bunch of photos of the kids and put them in our family album. The photos come out of the printer dry and can immediately be attacked by monster children who can't seem to wait two seconds for something.
The Pogo can only fit 10 pieces of paper at a time and the pack of 70 has 7 individually wrapped packs inside the box so no need to sit there counting out sheets. Each pack has a blue sheet that needs to be placed at the bottom when loading and once the lid has been shut this blue sheet will feed through the Pogo to help align the photo paper and get it all ready for printing.
These funky sized photos were perfect for a baby-shower game as we could put all the baby bump photos onto the poster and still have tons of room for the wording and game rules.
The zink photo paper reminds me of a little camera that was around when I was in college that was flat and once you'd taken the photo you could pull out the picture from the side. The photo was minuscule and you would have to cut the extra paper off the side. I still thought that was kinda nifty at the time but it has been left in the dust of the Pogo and its photo paper.
No ink! This is what makes the photo dry to the touch the moment it comes out of the Pogo printer. The photo paper is heat-activated, smudge-proof, water-resistant, fade-resistant and tear-proof. I've not tested the tear proof as I like my photos but the baby got hold of one and it got a bit bent but that's it. Speaking of bent ... I left a few of the printed photos on the table over night and in the morning the sides had curled up a bit. I sat there for a bit holding the photos curling the other way and that did the trick but I have a feeling since they are heat-activated the hot to cold might have caused this curling response.
Sticky piccy fun for all!
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Borderless, 2" x 3" color prints
Smudge-proof, water-resistant, tear-resistant photos
Peel-off, sticky-backed photo paper
Made with ZINK Zero Ink printing technology from ZINK Imaging