When you buy a Polaroid Snap instant camera, it comes with only 2 directions – where to download the user manual, and to download the latest firmware.
Firmware is the software that runs on the camera itself which makes it easy for manufacturers to add or change functions later. From what I understand the latest firmware stops the camera from taking photos with the lens cap on which is a useful change.
The file can be downloaded from here and the process is quite straight forward but the directions from Polaroid are a little vague in places, so here are the full details from when I updated mine:
- Ensure you have inserted a MicroSD card. The camera will take photos without it, but you can’t update the firmware unless it has a card.
- Download the firmware file to your desktop
- Extract the zip file which will contain a folder names MISC
- Open the MISC folder & copy the file (named something like z2300b.rbn)
- Plug in the camera via USB (with microSD card inserted)
- When the camera appears on your desktop, open it and open the MISC folder
- Paste the file into the MISC folder
- Turn the camera off by pushing the viewfinder down (can leave it connected)
- Turn it on
- All 3 lights will stay on for 30 seconds while the firmware updates
- When it beeps & powers off it’s done and the file has been removed from the SD card
- Turn the camera back on and it’s ready to use.