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Polaroid introduces 16 megapixel compact camera powered by Android

19 January 2012 by
Polaroid most famous for the instant film camera has now entered the digital age and annouonced a 16 megapixel compact camera powered by Android

Polaroid 16 megapixels compact camera running Android

Notice the absence of the words mobile phone in the article introduction. The compact camera SC1630 which Polaroid announced at CES last week is a regular compact camera that happens to be running the Android smartphone. It has no calling features even though the press images shows a signal strength bar. 

Polaroid says "the rechargeable battery can last all day". We certainly hope the camera will last a full day. We would be very disappointed if we missed the last Kodak moment of the evening because of empty battery. The most common way to report a batter life is to measure number of shots it is possible to capture using the standard test developed by The Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA).

 

We will have to wait for the reviews to find out if the mix of Android and camera is a good idea. We are used to slightly camera lag when capturing images with our smartphones, but that is not acceptable with a dedicated compact camera.

The details given from Polaroid about the SC1630 are few, but we know it has a 16 megapixel censor with a 36mm to 108mm lens. What's cool with the SC1630 is the sharing features. It has Wi-Fi built in, so captured images can be sent off to the cloud or transferred to a PC without the need for a cable. SC1630 has access to the Android market and the thousands of image editing apps there which gives the photographer editing possibilities in the field.

Polaroid SC1630 highlights

  • 16 megapixel camera
  • 3x optical zoom. 36 mm - 108mm
  • 3.2 inch touchscreen display
  • Wi-Fi
  • Face and smile detection
  • Geo-tagging
  • Red-eye removal
  • Resizing
  • Colour correction
  • microSD card slot. Up to 32 GB
  • HD Video capture
  • Focal length: 3.1 - 5.6

 




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Bonovox9 years, 10 months ago
Really ugly & their cameras are rubbish anyway except for their instant ones. Don't like optical zoom on a phone unless or maybe why can't they make it as slim as the folded optics type like the slim Sony or Fuji series??
tan_aniki9 years, 10 months ago
should be 3x optical zoom since the focal length can be change.
razec9 years, 10 months ago
The camera design is a ripped from Sony W90 while the front looked like a half baked Motorola Atrix, I'm not against the pop up lens as this lens design has superior quality to the folded optics design used by Sony T and Olympus MJU series but they better make sure it has no barrel distortion/pin cushion, I'm happy that it has xenon flash though, if it's strong enough it's going to be the cameraphone to beat
randomuser9 years, 10 months ago

On 2012-01-20 09:27:22, razec wrote:
The camera design is a ripped from Sony W90 while the front looked like a half baked Motorola Atrix, I'm not against the pop up lens as this lens design has superior quality to the folded optics design used by Sony T and Olympus MJU series but they better make sure it has no barrel distortion/pin cushion, I'm happy that it has xenon flash though, if it's strong enough it's going to be the cameraphone to beat

Its only a camera, not a camera phone
Bonovox9 years, 10 months ago
If one day we could have a phone like the Sony T series cameras with folded optics they manage to fit optical zoom in them that would be cool!!

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