One of the biggest surprises of the CES show so far is Polaroid, which announced three mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact digital cameras, including an Android-powered one.
Sakar International,which has been proucing a growing number of digital cameras licenced under the Polaroid brand and available at Adorama, has just announced the Polaroid iM1836, the world's first 'Droid-powered mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact digital camera. The iM1836 is the flagship a new lineup of low-cost Polaroid mirrorless interchangeable-lens compact digital cameras. The iM1836 is only the second stand-alone digital camera to run on 'Droid.
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The Polaroid iM1836 is an 18MP camera produced by Sakar under the Polaroid license. It uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and has built-in Wi-Fi and comes pre-loaded with Polaroid photo sharing apps so users can load their images and videos to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and Vimeo. The camera is controlled via a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD monitor, and captures 1080p HD video as well as stills. In addition to Wi-Fi, the iM1836 is Bluetooth enabled, so users can upload their images via their Droid or iOS devices.
Although details about sensor size haven't been made available, it seems to be using a sensor similar in size to the Nikon 1; an adaptor is available that will make it possible to use Micro Four Thirds lenses. Bundled with a 10-30mm zoom lens—the only Polaroid-branded lens for this camera so far—it is expected to to be available from Adorama during the first quarter of 2013 for $399.
Polaroid also introduced two more interchangeable lens compact digital cameras, the Polaroid iM1232, which will be available at Adorama for $349 (above) and the Polaroid iM1030 for $299 (below). The iM1232 has WiFi, but doesn't have the Android Operating System. The iM1030 has no wireless capabilities. Otherwise, the three cameras are very similar.
A final still photography camera, the Polaroid iS2433 (below), is a $199 bridge superzoom camera featuring a 25-600mm (35mm equivalent) superzoom lens and 16MP Sony CMOS sensor.
Rounding out the Polaroid new product lineup is a new camcorder, the Polaroid iD975, a $249 camcorder with a 10x optical zoom that captures full HD video and also 16MP still images.
All of the new Polaroids are expected to be available from Adorama starting between now and April 2013.