In the age of Instagram and Snapchat, there’s something special about having physical prints of the photos we take.
But you have an excellent camera right on your smartphone, and carrying around a separate camera can be cumbersome.
That’s where the Prynt Pocket comes in. The Pocket is a small device that attaches to your iPhone and turns it into an instant camera. You can snap a photo and print it out immediately, then have a digital version saved on your phone. It’s available starting today for $149.99.
The case is meant to be used like a camera, so it has a physical shutter button and a wheel to zoom in and out. It expands to fit all sizes of iPhones, and attaches to your phone using the lightning port. In order to get the most out of the Pocket, you’ll have to download the Prynt app from the App Store.
But what makes the Pocket different is its small size — it fits in the palm of your hand and is easy to grip — and its ability to embed a video within your printed photo.
Here’s what that means: When you take a photo using Prynt Pocket, it takes something similar to a Live Photo or a GIF. You can edit your snap within the app and instantly print out a still photo, but the video version stays in the app. After the photo is printed, you can go in the app and scan the image by holding it up to your camera. The app recognizes the image and places the video version of the photo on top of your still image — the company calls this a “‘Harry Potter’ effect,” a reference to the newspaper with moving images in the book.
This video will give you a better idea of how it works:
The Prynt Pocket can hold 10 sheets of inkless sticker film at a time, and each pack of film costs $19.99 for a 40-pack (although the camera comes with a 10-pack when you buy it). Keep in mind that because the film is inkless and they’re tiny instant prints, the quality of the prints isn’t going to be top-notch.
But the case is fun and easy to use, and will delight your friends at parties or make for a fun travel companion. To learn more the Prynt Pocket iPhone case or buy your own, head over to Prynt’s website.