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Polaroid shows remarkably phone-like Android-based 3x zoom camera

By dpreview staff on Jan 12, 2012 at 23:42 GMT

CES 2012: Lifestyle photo brand Polaroid has been showing an Android-based camera with a 3x zoom on its stand. The company insists the device is a camera or, when pushed, says it can be thought of as a small tablet computer with a camera. This is despite its apparent similarity to a smartphone shown by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Altek late last year. The 16MP Wi-Fi compatible Polaroid camera features a 3x, 6.5-19.5mm lens and 1/2.33" CCD sensor to give a 36-108mm equivalent lens range.

However, although it is the first camera to openly run Android, the availability of processor-maker Ambrella's iOne camera chip suggests others may be out there. The Polaroid is the first camera to be able to directly use Android photo processing apps.

Press Release:

POLAROID ANNOUNCES THE SC1630 SMART CAMERA POWERED BY ANDROID™

Fusing the Feature Set of a High-End Digital Camera with the Power of Android*, the Polaroid SC1630 Makes Snapping and Sharing High Definition Digital Images an Instant Experience  

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 - Polaroid today announced that capturing and sharing high-end digital images is now seamless with the Polaroid SC1630, an Android powered smart camera. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera features a high definition 16 megapixel camera with built in 3X optical zoom, touch screen display and Wi-Fi, making uploads to social networks as easy as the touch of a button. Merging the optics of a digital still and video camera with the limitless power of the Android platform, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera evolves the process of clicking, editing, uploading and tagging to an instant experience on one device.

With the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android you will no longer need to choose between your smart phone and your point and shoot camera because it offers the best of both worlds. Delivering everything expected from a digital camera but powered by Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera surprisingly packs all the features needed to conveniently capture, connect and instantly share beautiful HD digital images and video into one device, weighing a mere five ounces.

An ultra-portable, two-in-one instant sharing powerhouse, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera leaves even the most powerful camera phones in the dust by combining an advanced imaging feature set with an unmatchable Android powered mobile platform:

  • Capture Like the Pros: Life's quickest moments are no longer at risk to becoming blurry images from a basic camera phone. Built on a 16 megapixel CCD senor, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera treats images to a 3X optical zoom - a feature not found in most mobile phones. Choose from 18 scene modes and then click and view crystal clear images - captured at 36mm or full 108mm magnification - on the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera's 3.2'' widescreen display.
  • Enhance Your Moments With Smart Features: The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android takes the work out of being behind the lens with automatic face and smile detection. Also, gone are the days when digital images that never connected with a USB cord went unorganized and forgotten. The Smart Album feature of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera automatically organizes photos by date, location and people. Plus, geo-tagging features can add longitude and latitude coordinates to photos.
  • Edit, Share and Save: Now there is no reason to leave the party - everything needed to edit, save and upload can be done anywhere right on the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera. On-board editing features include cropping, red-eye removal, resizing and color correction. Backed by the power of Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera uploads images to social networks with the touch of one button and can hold up to 32GB of memory via a microSD card.
  • Instantly Connect to the World: The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional cellular data connections empower digital images to be shared from anywhere in a snap.
  • Get Productive: Need to check-in on where friends are gathering, get directions or make the next move in your favorite game? Backed by the power of Android, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera supports Google's Android Market, making it truly like no other camera available today. Now you can snap, share and link up with more than 400,000 apps.

"Polaroid has helped the world bring stories to life through photographs for the past 75 years," said Scott W. Hardy, President, Polaroid. "The newest member of the Polaroid family, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera unites the beauty of high-end digital images with powerful Android connectivity features. The result is an instant experience of click, capture and share that enables social networks to see and experience the moment as if they were there."

Designed to be just as fashionable as it is portable, the simple, clean lines and straight forward interface of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera makes capturing and sharing effortless. Loaded with features that enable easy capture, connecting and sharing on the fly, the rechargeable battery can last all day on a full charge.

The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera powered by Android can be viewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall (booth #13613) from January 10 - 13, 2012.  High-res images of the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera can be found at http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2012-International-CES/Polaroid/ .

The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera will be available in 2012.  Price is TBD

Comments

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thgun
By thgun (Jun 28, 2012)

Nice design, some how Polaroid don't cut it. I've had a couple of there instant cameras. They just feel so cheep. I had a pogo printer . Trust me don't go there. They have an iconic value about them thats all.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 25, 2012)

I am still waiting for the cranial implant cameras promised in the sixties. This Polaroid's 16 mp camera is destined for failure unless it can combine great pix and low price. Why carry a camera when an 8 mp smartphone can take solid snapshots. People typically don't like the idea of carrying a bunch of stuff. If this gizmo can produce fine images at a cheap price ($149) it might survive.

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thgun
By thgun (Jun 28, 2012)

Good point you have there. But if you don't mind me saying , you seem to be missing the point. I'm into photography and asvfor mobiles I wouldn't have anything less than a smartphone. But to say there better than a camera itself I don't agrree. I find it ok for the quick on the go snapshot to send to a friend or use as wallpaper the odd one or to ark good to print but to take it seriously, no! its still a smartphone. I would never trade in my camera over a smart phone how good it was.

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N13L5
By N13L5 (Jan 23, 2012)

for me, just add telephone and skype functionality to the Sony Nex 6, and I'll never look at a smart phone again.

The antenna can't take up that much extra space, and everything else is already present in that camera.

If people laugh while I hold a camera to my ear, I'm not worried about it :)

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

For anyone still following this, here's what a Panasonic rep had to say on the subject a few days ago:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2012/01/15/panasonic-learning-from-the-fringe-taking-small-steps

"We introduced something called the FX90. The FX90 has Wi-Fi built in and it is compatible with both Android and iPhone through an applicant called Lumix Link. It allows you to link the phone with your camera so that when I take a picture I can determine on the camera which one I’d like to save to the phone as a backup source, or go straight through the phone and then use the phone’s cellular connectivity to go to a cloud service; to your Facebook, your Twitter, YouTube, whatever you have, right? And so now I have great optics. I have a very slim, portable, Leica grade optics, with flash--the very things that don’t exist in a phone today." - Darin Pepple, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Imaging at Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

Continued -

Mr. Pepple goes on to mention how mobile providers may try to derive revenue from cameras. Seems this Polaroid is ideally suited for that since it lacks voice capabilites, meaning you'd have to add it to a contract instead of replacing another device.

This is exactly what us Polaroid doubters have been saying, too. To me, tethering a good camera to a smart phone makes more sense than the half-baked SC1630. I'd take an FX90 any day over this Polaroid, and adding the capability to a more advanced camera can't be that much of a challenge.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/panasonic/compacts/panasonic_dmcfx90

Don't forget, the same tech needed to tether a compact to a phone would work for an ILC, too. To me, that would be a more important advancement than a non-phone replacement compact that can post photos to Facebook.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

Potentially even better than Eye-Fi:
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/01/12/SDAssociation_Wireless

Tether your real camera to your smart phone and shoot away. Tether it to an iPad or notebook for streaming backups, too. Heck, an event photographer could stream photos to an editor on site and have them post processing in near real time on location. That capability seems like much more of an advancement than putting a zoom lens on a camera non-phone.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 20, 2012)

Then there's this:

"What would that "something big" be? Communicating, Programmable, Modular supported by the cloud and an external software ecosystem. Think iPhone plus iPhoto/Aperture plus iCloud, but with a different camera front end. Unfortunately, the company most likely to produce that isn't a Japanese company, it's still Apple. Imagine an iPhone/iPad camera module add-on and how that would further disrupt the compact camera and small system market. Imagine keeping your iPhone in your pocket, but holding a camera module that communicates fully with it. That will be the small camera of the future, almost certainly. Communicating, Programmable, Modular." - Thom Hogan

http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/whats-with-all-the-mirrorle.html

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Jan 19, 2012)

I'm going to wait til a phone with interchangeable lenses appears, only a matter of time........

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

I think that will be a very long wait. The addition of an ILC mount would make for a larger device than a zoom lens. I haven't seen people asking for a dramatically thicker, heavier phone. Ever.

Tethering is the key to getting great IQ with connectivity, not trying to shoe horn and ILC into a smart phone.

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Henry Falkner
By Henry Falkner (Jan 17, 2012)

16 MP hides pre-processing artifacts up to A4 size prints, so it is not a waste. 3x optical zoom on a smart-phone is better than none. But which networks here in new Zealand will support it?

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Jan 16, 2012)

Well let me see, carry this Polaroid camera that has 720p or an iPhone that has 1080p. Dumb and dumber Polaroid.

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Jan 15, 2012)

Idea is good indeed. But why put 16 Mpix on 1/2.33" sensor? 4 or 6 would be more than enough (think of the image quality and image size), well, just my opinion.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

Hype seems to be driving a lot of the comments here. 16 is bigger than 4 or 6. When using hype to push a product, bigger numbers have a mystical power.

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svuori
By svuori (Jan 15, 2012)

If it's possible to this camera's microphone from Android, you should be able to install Skype on this and make phone calls too.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

If it wasn't a half-baked product, you'd be able to just dial a phone number and use the regular voice network. Imagine that, a phone with a camera that can make phone calls, take photos, and upload the photos through a data network. Sounds like something that's been around for a few years ...

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CAClark
By CAClark (Jan 15, 2012)

Not that I'd buy one, but I think this is a great device, and a step in the right direction for many people I think, cool :-)

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Michael Uschold
By Michael Uschold (Jan 15, 2012)

I Like this idea. I want a device that is first and foremoste a high quality compace camera but that does the basics I need from a smart phone too. Very cool - may it continue!

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453C
By 453C (Jan 15, 2012)

Do you consider making voice calls to be a basic function of a smart phone? If so, this isn't what you think it is.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Jan 15, 2012)

@453C

It is a very small step to make this into a real smart phone. I believe devices like this are the future of both the low end compact market and the smartphone market.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 16, 2012)

Perhaps so, but as I've said repeatedly, this is not a phone.

This isn't a big deal, and it was entirely predictable. I have no idea why some people seem to think this is anything more than an evolutionary product, and it's not a terribly big advance, at that. As I've said, it's been possible to use an Eye-fi card to connect a _real_ camera to a smart phone for some time. From an ease of use perspective, the Polaroid may be better, but I'd much rather connect my camera to a smart phone than use one of these.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Jan 15, 2012)

Brilliant device! I can see company A making a similar device like this and call it innovation.

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lamsdale
By lamsdale (Jan 17, 2012)

So that would be an iPod Touch.

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sportyaccordy
By sportyaccordy (Jan 14, 2012)

Packard Bell hahaha that's rich.

It would be nice though to have a legitimate camera combined with a phone.

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Mark Smiles
By Mark Smiles (Jan 14, 2012)

From Polaroid eh?

I cant wait to see what Packard Bell comes up with.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 14, 2012)

Next month, I hear Compaq and DEC will anounce similar devices running Newton OS.

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Einmalumdiewelt
By Einmalumdiewelt (Jan 14, 2012)

I thought Apple was gonna be first but well, congrats polaroid!!

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Fhaye
By Fhaye (Jan 14, 2012)

Many of us really love cameras.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jan 14, 2012)

Congratulations Polaroid...

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Laz r
By Laz r (Jan 13, 2012)

I was thinking someone should do this. I was hoping iit would be apple . I use my iPhone a lot and enjoy editing my pics with all the available apps running iOS . a micro 3/4 done by apple would sell. Wifi enabled and ability to download apps would be a big seller.. I also think this is the future of point and shoot cameras ...

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Jan 14, 2012)

Apple wouldn't make a camera running iOS on it. They'd just buy someone else's technology and claim it was theirs and slap it in a shell with yet someone else providing the hardware.

So have a smaller camera company (like Fuji or Pentax) to make the camera hardware, and slap iOS in it.

Did you really think Apple created multi-touch or Siri?

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Laz r
By Laz r (Jan 14, 2012)

Not really caring who made what for apple, Just saying if they came out with a camera along the lines of this polaroid or something better intergrading apps wifi and better lenses it would sell. iCamera baby lol

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Wm Karoly
By Wm Karoly (Jan 15, 2012)

Apple made their own stuff for the most part. Read the Steve Jobs book. The only thing NOT made by Apple was the original Xerox PARC OS they borrowed to create the Mac.

Which Chinese company owns the Polaroid name now?

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persiyan
By persiyan (Jan 16, 2012)

I haven't seen Apple claim that they invented multitouch or Siri... :S

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reality_check
By reality_check (Jan 13, 2012)

So, if a "camera" manufacturers creates a phone, can we expect the kind of "noise" we get from the photos created by phone manufacturers?

Phone manufacturers DO HAVE LENSES that can be attached to their phones:

1) http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/cell-phone-lenses/
2) http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/iphone-telephoto-lens/

Who is going to do the "best" job at both?

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CAcreeks
By CAcreeks (Jan 13, 2012)

I like the way they put the flash right next to the lens, to maximize red-eye!

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zenit_b
By zenit_b (Jan 13, 2012)

I have been waiting ages for something like this. Ideally dslr cameras should be running android and let you install editing and uploading apps. issues
- really i would want a sim card in there so I could upload photos from anywhere
- KEY ISSUE - STARTUP TIME.

We are used to our cameras starting in less than a second. How long to boot up Android ? 30 seconds ? I suspect you would have to leave this camera switched on if you wanted to avoid this which means charging it every day like a smartphone ...

Excellent step in the right direction though...

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Jan 14, 2012)

ehm... well... this IS a phone, this means that you'll have to keep it on anyway, otherwise nobody will be able to call you! :-)
Seriously, this is meant to replace a phone for people who want an Android phone with a better camera with REAL lenses and can accept the compromise of having a bigger and heavier phone. It is not meant to replace a camera... but a phone!

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453C
By 453C (Jan 14, 2012)

Nothing in the overblown press release says this is capable of voice communication. You'd think that anyone wanting to "Capture Like the Pros" would also want to "Call Mom Like the Pros", but I guess Polaroid doesn't have an all-in-one answer for that.

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Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (Jan 13, 2012)

Maybe I'm too 20th Century to see the big news here but I have two suggestions for Polariod:

1. how about a tiny ZINC printer (bluetooth or IR linked) to accompany this phone/camera so you can hand out "prints." Great when travelling and you want to make the natives happy!

2. GeezLouise what kind of name is SC 1630??? What it needs is a catchy, attention grabbing name! Why not call it the SWINGER, or somesuch? Polaroid Swwwinger, Polaroid Swwinger... or however the jingle went... catchy marketing seems to be lost on these folks! Good luck in any case. Now if Kodak can rise like a phoenix...

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reality_check
By reality_check (Jan 13, 2012)

Polaroid! I am unemployed and could help you naming your phone. Speaking of which, my number is @#$%!&^*(()! Catchy, hey?

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Jan 13, 2012)

How about an interchangeable lens/ sensor Android phone?

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Goodmeme
By Goodmeme (Jan 13, 2012)

I mean, I don't expect the latest HTC / Samsung Android to have an amazing lens.

But I am prepared to have a bigger lens than most in my pocket. I would pay £200 or more to have a sensor / lens that equates to 35mm f2.8 that sticks out about 1cm from the phone. My extended battery (Galaxy S) does that anyway lower down so it could work. Especially if the module could be popped in the next upgrade.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

I doubt that it's physically possible to make an ILC camera phone meet the specs you described. The market for such a device would seem very small, too.

If you really want an ILC camera with connectivity, use a WiFi capable smart phone and an Eye-fi memory card in an ILC. Ta da!

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bikinchris
By bikinchris (Jan 13, 2012)

The first manufacturer who builds a nice quality point and shoot camera with:
Phone, GPS, apps, PDA, Wifi, 4G, bluetooth, voice commands, MP3, along with a set of glasses/ headset/ sunglasses that allow heads up display and built in earpiece.

WINS

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Kirppu
By Kirppu (Jan 13, 2012)

:D you're talking when someone builds a multimedia phone with decent point and shoot features.

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reality_check
By reality_check (Jan 13, 2012)

What about doing the dishes? :)

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Eric Hensel
By Eric Hensel (Jan 14, 2012)

So you mean -wearable- lifestyle accessory? Hmmm...

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Kabe Luna
By Kabe Luna (Jan 13, 2012)

What a great looking phone–sorry, um, camera! :-)

If the IQ and price are nice, I'll definitely get one of these fun-looking devices.

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zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Jan 13, 2012)

16mp? wished it was less than 1/4 of that with the same sensor size...if uploading this on social networking sites is the main feature of this camera, then, high res is the least thing i would like on such device.

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jpfaria
By jpfaria (Jan 13, 2012)

Awesomw! Nice use of the "instant use" camera, now with virtua-film! ;)

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kff
By kff (Jan 13, 2012)

a first step on the way .... I want to use 10'' tablet with APS-C sensor like Fuji X-Trans CMOS ...

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453C
By 453C (Jan 19, 2012)

That sounds great!
It also sounds impossible.

Let me know when you get FTL transport available, too.

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DaveAB
By DaveAB (Jan 13, 2012)

Well I'm sure the specs. on this thing would make a pro. or hobbyist photog. cringe, but the idea of combining a camera (better than cell phone) to a mobile OS like Android is definitely noteworthy. Note too that it shows email and browser functions. If it can have telephony added, not just cellular data connections, then this can be a "camera with built-in phone" that should do well with the masses, especially if whatever telecom(s) carries it offers a steep discount when you sign up with them.

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dylanbarnhart
By dylanbarnhart (Jan 13, 2012)

A few years from now we will look back and say that this Polaroid is a GAME CHANGER. We don't see that yet because the hardware isn't competitive with a real camera, and there aren't too many "killer apps" for it yet.

There will be successors to this camera that bring in better hardware and programmers will write more and more apps to take advantage of the hardware. Want a feature that you saw on another brand? There's an app for that. Sweep panorama? HDR with more than 3 exposures? Interval meters? Custom shooting modes? Special effects? Facebook upload? Just get an app.

How about a features that's not already on any camera? Tether the Polaroid to a balloon, then an app transmits LiveView to your phone via Wi-Fi so that you can see things from the top perspective while easily take pictures from the ground.

Or write an app that can recognize birds. Mount the camera in front of a bird feeder and have it take pictures only when a bird appears.

The possibility is endless.

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mappingbirder
By mappingbirder (Jan 13, 2012)

dylanbarnhart :
"The possibility is endless. "
One that I got quickly is the range of optical zoom. At full 108mm magnification, it is probably compatible for disgiscoping with very low vignetting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afocal_photography ).
Plus GPS and specific apps these can make awesome goodies for birdwatcher.

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D R C
By D R C (Jan 13, 2012)

For years I have thought that a camera would make a better phone rather than turning a phone into a camera, after all a digital camera already has a screen, battery and memory. So far there is no way I could consider using a phone as a P&S camera.
I have used an iphone and in bright sunlight the results are OK but in other conditions the noise is so bad I don’t see the point.
Just imagine if you could make phone calls on Canon S100!!!

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Jan 13, 2012)

First camera to run angry birds. Awesome!

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Glen Barrington
By Glen Barrington (Jan 13, 2012)

Inevitable use of Android, I guess. But it sounds like a pretty typical phone camera. Assuming most phones have a similar cameras built in, and none of the 'features' are unique to this camera, why would most people feel the need to own one?

An Android powered camera with an IQ higher than stock phone components might be interesting, but,for now, I'll keep my Droid and my E30, thanks.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 13, 2012)

I don't get the excitement, either. Of course, I don't feel the need to text, tweet, and Facebook every detail of my life. For those that do, this might be more useful than current mobile devices, but the thick layer of marketing-speak in that press release is too much for me. "Capture Like the Pros" - yeah, right.

Adding wireless transfer capability to a much better compact camera like an Olympus XZ-1 makes more sense to me for someone that really cares about image quality and connectivity.

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Jan 14, 2012)

well, tell me which smartphone has a camera with a 35-105 (or whatever) optical zoom and a real flash (not led)... how can you say this is typical? Of course, it has much more photographic possibilities than a smartphone. Of course it will not have the quality of a dedicated camera, but it will be much better than a smartphone, so people who don't want to carry two devices should be happy with this one.

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453C
By 453C (Jan 14, 2012)

This thing isn't a phone. It can't do voice communications. If it could, that press release couldn't say "voice" enough.

IMO, a far better use of technology would be to embed bluetooth/802.11 in a real camera (or just put it in the memory card like Eye-Fi) and do all of the "smart" stuff on a smart phone. You'd have a much bigger, better screen for editing, and an established interface for all of your internetting. Also, your phone carrier wouldn't have another way to gouge you, since I'll be surprised if you can add this Polaroid device to your existing account without some fees involved.

Wow, I guess this Polaroid camera isn't such a big deal after all.

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OXwing
By OXwing (Jan 13, 2012)

POLAROID is back !!

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453C
By 453C (Jan 13, 2012)

I'll assume that's a joke.

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lomo3108
By lomo3108 (Jan 13, 2012)

ohh... so sexy!

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RichardBalonglong
By RichardBalonglong (Jan 13, 2012)

Before, it was phone with camera... Now, it's camera with phone...

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bikinchris
By bikinchris (Jan 13, 2012)

And that's the way photographers think it should be.

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rgolub
By rgolub (Jan 15, 2012)

Especially for a camera that ISN'T a phone. Or really a camera.

It's basically an iPod Touch with a better (perhaps) camera.

But it does have more megapixels than my D700 so it' has to be better.

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tom sugnet
By tom sugnet (Jan 13, 2012)

PolaDroll

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KVirtanen
By KVirtanen (Jan 13, 2012)

PolaDroid

(hehe, suggested by other people already :)

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TimK5
By TimK5 (Jan 13, 2012)

They cramped 16 MP !?!?!? in that sensor ....

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tompabes2
By tompabes2 (Jan 14, 2012)

Some smartphones already have 16 MP... at least, this also has a real optical zoom and a real flash!

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qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Jan 13, 2012)

Name it PolaDroid

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Jan 13, 2012)

or name it "Anol-roids"....wait... nevermind...

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 13, 2012)

My biggest problem with this is that the zoom doesn't go wide enough :/

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Jens_G
By Jens_G (Jan 13, 2012)

Now if only Sony or Samsung made a phone with a large sensor, fixed focal length, 35mm equivalent fov... I'd be happy.

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john
By john (Jan 13, 2012)

thats great, this is what I'm waiting for, I just hope the lens is not the wider side

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beespeckled
By beespeckled (Jan 13, 2012)

I can see this as being a nifty useful device. Compact android tablet and if it takes decent photos? a killer versatile tool. Hoping dp will review it when it is available.

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pendigital
By pendigital (Jan 13, 2012)

Probably the most interesting news bit from the show I've seen. If it is a reasonable price I will buy one just to play with it.

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mikiev
By mikiev (Jan 13, 2012)

So there is finally a competitor to the iPod Touch?

I was wondering how long it would take to get an Android device - other than a tablet - which doesn't require a contract via a cell carrier.

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bloodycape
By bloodycape (Jan 13, 2012)

You mean something like the Samsung Galaxy Player a 5in device that has been out for a while? Heck, even played with one at the local Best Buy store.

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Jan 13, 2012)

Correct bloodycape. I too played with that and almost bought it because it was so smooth and pocket-able. With a 800x480 rez, it's not that much under from the iPhod 4. But with a 5" screen...I think that makes up for it. (Alas, I'm just going to get a proper tablet)...

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dtmoody
By dtmoody (Jan 13, 2012)

Polaroid still trying to hang in there. I remember the Polaroid my mom and dad had when I was a kid... the one you had to pull off the black paper and let it dry to develop. Then came the improved one where it just shot out the front. :)

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Sixpm
By Sixpm (Jan 13, 2012)

I'll buy one as soon as this camera launches, I love the design and I like this device over my iPhone. A camera is a brush, everyone has different characteristics, I'm sure I can make good use of this one too.

This may become a hit for Polaroid IMO.

2 upvotes
The Customer
By The Customer (Jan 13, 2012)

Build such a thing around a full-frame (or larger) sensor, and I might be VERY interested, indeed!

5 upvotes
Dazed and Confused
By Dazed and Confused (Jan 13, 2012)

Are you serious? A larger than full frame sensor in a tiny mobile phone. Physics not your strong point?

I would have said 'obvious troll is obvious' except this comment got 3 likes! (Obvious trolls are obvious?)

2 upvotes
putomax
By putomax (Jan 13, 2012)

http://3.s.img-dpreview.com/files/news/1943890373/polaroid_front.jpg?v=1303

what's that on the corner over/under the index finger? third image on the right

gashô

1 upvote
Superka
By Superka (Jan 13, 2012)

POLAROID 600 SE was a remarkable camera, but not this.

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