From the instant printing Polaroid classic to launching the first camera running on Android, Polaroid has been a pioneer in the image capturing industry. Nikon Coolpix S800c and Samsung Galaxy Camera followed suit after the release of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera at CES, 2012. Now, at CES, 2013, where geeks flew to Vegas to drool over handsets (and maybe something else, who knows) Polaroid has released its second outing in the Droid-Camera field: the Polaroid iM1836.
The iM1836 is the first Android camera to be equipped with interchangeable lens, which gives it an advantage over the Samsung Galaxy Camera and Nikon Coolpix S800c. Also, given the experience and expertise of Polaroid in the imaging industry, these interchangeable lenses are a step above the rest.
Another very admirable and at the same time doubtful addition is the building of the sensor in the lens while it is otherwise in the body. This is another of the pioneering tricks Polaroid is famous for but is also capable to make you go bonkers knowing about it. The reason behind fitting it in the lens is alleviating the user from the worry of having dust entering in the sensor each time the lens is being replaced or removed for cleaning. This sounds pretty feasible. But, the current problem is that no additional lenses have been mentioned as of yet. We hope the news to come in soon. A pancake lens is rumoured to be released also.
Other than releasing additional lenses, Polaroid is also making the availability of an adapter enabling the user to attach lenses that are not only from Polaroid but also from other camera brands.
It has a 180 megapixel sensor and a touchscreen display of 3.5 inches. There is Wi-Fi ability for instant photo sharing and uploading plus the Android apps that give you the liberty of instantly editing them as well. Also, there is Bluetooth connectivity for sharing with other devices.
Though focused on Android, there are photo modes like ISO 3200 and blink detection. Thus, the sensor’s sensitivity is high. But it isn’t noise free as it is a low cost camera and so fails to offer free of noise images at top ISO levels.
It is available in orange, black, red, white, blue and silver colours. The pop up flash looks like a cute little periscope and is ejected by pulling a switch. But you will have to manually push it down. It is a powerful yet frail looking flash. It has a large shutter button and a metal clip on the side for attaching a strap.
It has a headphone socket on its side for listening to photography training apps and audios of the videos you have shot within the vicinity of your ears.
It runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich or Jellybean. On the screen, there are five function buttons available on the right hand side. Their functions are of browsing files, downloading applications, shooting and menu. It has several downloadable photo apps and tools.
All features aside, the camera took a considerable amount of time to power up and apps lagged. But they were prototypes on low battery. The market version hopefully has these downsides quashed.
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Nov 20th by admin