Mashup of digital camera, instant printer, and social sharing technology on display in new Polaroid Android-powered social networking camera.
The long-rumored "Instagram Camera" is about to be real...and it's a Polaroid.
Polaroid has teamed up with Socialmatic to create the Polaroid Socialmatic Instant Camera, which is being prepared to come to market in 2014, it was announced today at the photography trade show at CES. A thoroughly modern camera with Wi-Fi and running on the Android operating system, the Socialmatic has a built-in ZINK printer that produces 2x3-inch color prints, has both a 14MP front-facing camera and a 2MP rear-facing camera, so selfies and reaction shots can be recorded and printed.
Once captured, images can be adjusted and edited, then printed out and/or shared on social networking and image sharing sites. If Wi-Fi isn't available, the camera connects to smartphones an tablets via Bluetooth and images can be sent from those devices.
The camera will be powered by a 4.5-inch touchscreen LCD monitor; images can be stored on MicroSD cards or the camera's 4GB of internal storage. Since it runs on Android, users can also download any photo related apps. Pricing and availability were not announced.