Photo booths have seen a recent resurgence in popularity…and, frankly, we’re not surprised! Photo booths are a fun way to celebrate, act silly, have fun, and end up with photo documentation to remember the event.
In this article we’ll examine the main differences between digital photo booths and vintage photo booths…and which one is best.
Digital Photo Booth Features
Increasing numbers of photo booth companies are choosing to go the “digital only” route for their photo booths. Of course, the main feature of digital photo booths is that the photos they create are…well, digital! But there are other features that aren’t available on classic photo booths. Here are some of the main features of a digital photo booth.
Email or Download Photos
Even though digital-only photo booths don’t print out physical photo strips, party-goers and wedding guests can still get their hands on their images (not literally, of course). In most cases, pics can be texted, emailed, or downloaded using a custom URL.
Because your image is already in digital format, it’s ready to be posted, shared, and linked across all of your social media accounts.
Without a printer and paper taking up space, digital photo booths tend to have a much smaller footprint than vintage photo booths. (Although it should be said that we have some printing-capable photo booths that take up virtually no space!)
GIFs and Boomerangs
Working with a digital format allows for a few more options than a standard image. Some companies offer animated GIFs and boomerangs (a type of GIF that animates forward, then rewinds back) as well as still images.
Vintage Photo Booth Features
The classic photo booth has been around for more than a century, so it has a timeless, retro appeal that’s hard to resist. But vintage-style photo booths have come a long way since the 1880’s. Today’s models are sleek, modern, and fun!
Photo Strips Act as Favors
What ’80s kid doesn’t remember getting photo strips with friends at the mall? Having a physical photo strip means that you can still enjoy your photos without a device and they won’t get buried in your social media feed and forgotten. Photo strips can’t get accidentally deleted.
Good For the “Tech-Impaired”
Anybody can pose in a photo booth with no trouble, but if your grandma has a hard time checking her email, a digital-only picture isn’t going to be of any use to her. Today’s classic photo booths have easy-to-use internal video monitors to prompt you through the experience and no one has to worry about getting a WiFi signal.
Classic Retro Experience
There’s something so nostalgic and cozy about stepping inside a photo booth with your friends, family, or spouse and taking photos behind the curtain. Brides and grooms can share a romantic kiss, shy people can let loose, and friends can act as silly as they want when they’re inside a photo booth!
Even truly vintage photo booths from last century were able to print out a photo in a matter of seconds. Today’s photo booths print lab-quality photos onto glossy paper and you even have the option to add logos, frames, and other graphics to your images. You don’t even have to stick with the standard 2×6″ size!
Which One Is Best?
Digital and vintage photo booths each have their merits. But when you go with a company offering only digital photos, you lose some of the awesome qualities that classic photo booths have to offer.
Photobooth Rocks’ photo booths are the best of both worlds, offering you the classic vintage photo booth experience as well as modern digital features that make social sharing a snap! All of our photo booth rentals come with prints, but digital sharing and video recording are also available on some models. Plus, with our Open Air and mirror models, you can still have the photo booth experience without taking up too much space.
Why limit yourself to a digital-only photo booth when you can have it all?
Contact us today for information on pricing, availability, and more!