The Tomy Xiao digital camera with built-in Zink printer has gone on sale in the US, courtesy of importers AudioCubes. Resembling a Flip Mino with its upright stance, the Xiao has a 5-megapixel sensor and can instantly spit out 2 x 3-inch sticky-backed prints.
Built into the camera are multiple templates, borders and frames to let you customize your image before printing it. Prints themselves take around a minute to produce, but unlike a traditional Polaroid camera you do at least have the option of which shot to get a hard-copy of. The Zink paper itself costs around $12.99 for a pack of 30 (roughly 43 cents a print).
However the price of such impulsive convenience is high. While the Xiao is on sale in Japan for the equivalent of around $350, in the US it’ll cost you $499.99. It’s available in three colors: black, green and a particularly vibrant shade of pink.