Polaroid confirmed plans last month to launch the first digital take on the instant print camera concept for which the historic company is known by the end of 2008.
In a related follow-up this week, fans of instant-print cameras who've lamented Polaroid's decision to pull out of the film business this year have another reason to celebrate: the company is currently soliciting public input in developing the next model in this series of digicams integrating the collaborative Polaroid/ZINK inkless printing technology that we first reported on in January.
The original pocket-size Polaroid PoGo concept, though still not officially launched, is expected to make it to retail markets sometime in Q4 with a sensor somewhere around 5 megapixels and an integrated 2x3 inch inkless color printer.
According to a story filed this week on the website of the U.K.'s Amateur Photographer magazine, the next PoGo camera will feature an integrated 4x3 printer – closely mirroring the print size of Polaroid's classic Type 100 pack film. According to the story, "professional and business users" will be the target market for the new step-up device.
In an interesting move, Polaroid is also seeking input from Amateur Photographer readers on what other features the new camera will sport via a survey on the magazine's website. Questions about possible options cover specs including camera and printer resolution as well as overall device size, look, and feel.
Complete details on the design project are available on Amateur Photographer's website.