Polaroid offers first Android camera with interchangeable lenses
Polaroid (or rather Sakar, the company that is licensing the Polaroid name) today announced the first Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. In terms of design and dimensions the new camera reminds of Nikon's 1-series, but under the hood it's a very different type of product.
There are no buttons on the back of the camera as all functions are controlled via the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Similar to Ricoh's GXR series the sensor and shutter are located in the lens and Polaroid is planning to offer adapter modules that would allow the use of Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and K-mount lenses with the iM1836.
We are being told the camera's sensor size is 'approximately one inch' which means the 10-30mm kit lens offer a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 27-81mm. There'll also be pancake and telephoto lens modules available in the nearer future, both using the same sensor as the current module which captures 18MP files. The camera itself is powered by Android's latest 4.2 version (Jelly Bean). You can record 1080p Full HD video and output to your TV via HDMI. The camera connects to the Internet via WiFi and there is no 3G or 4G connectivity. The Polaroid iM1836 with 10-30mm kit lens will be available in the first quarter of 2013 at an MSRP of $399.
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