Polaroid and Android sound like they belong together – well they have finally paired up and the Polaroid iM1836, launched at the CES 2013, is finally on sale on Amazon for $299.99 and a shipping date of 2-5 weeks, although they are only listing the Silver color. The Polaroid iM1836 offers Point-and-Shoot convenience with DSLR quality photos and built-in Wi-Fi to share your masterpieces. The Polaroid iM1836 comes with a "brilliant" 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen for easy viewing of your photos as well as operating the camera.
The Polaroid iM1836 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and uses peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and easy photo sharing apps for easy uploading and sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flikir, Vimeo, and more with one touch of a button. You will also find Google Play on the Polaroid iM1836 where you can download apps, movies, music, books, and more. Wi-Fi will allow you to pair it up with any enabled device to upload content through a mobile phone, PC, or tablet.
The Press release says you can capture the perfect shot:
With auto blink detection and auto face exposure, and a detachable flash, the Polaroid iM1836 ensures a great shot every time. In addition, the camera has wide-angle panoramic capability also built-in for breathtaking landscape photography without the added cost and weight of high-end equipment. When the action calls for more than just a still image, the iM1836 also captures 1080p HD video and, with built-in HDMI output, the compact device also doubles as a portable multimedia player–just connect it to any TV or monitor to view video or photo slideshows.
Some other features of the camera:
- Includes Face Auto Exposure, HD video and Panoramic Picture capabilities.
- Blink detection and a pop up flash feature
- Compact micro 4/3 body
- Optical Sensor Resolution: 18 MP
- Optical zoom: 5.6 x
- Minimum focal length: 10
- Maximum focal length: 30
- Lens Type: interchangeable
- Display Size: 3.5 inches
At $300, the Polaroid iM1836 is a bargain compared to some of the other Android based cameras, but until we can test one, we will not know the quality of the pictures in different lighting conditions. With more and more people using their smartphone as their point-and-shoot camera, I am not sure how well this device will sell and only time will tell. Let us know in the comments or on Goggle+ if you are interested in an Android based camera or if you will stick with your phone.