Polaroid debuts Android-powered mirrorless camera

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 6:32pm


The rumours were true: Polaroid is releasing a mirrorless camera powered by Android.

Following in the footsteps of Nikon and Samsung, Polaroid’s is the first with interchangeable lenses. The camera runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has an 18.1MP sensor that can capture 1080p at 60fps.

Of course, it is WiFi-enabled and has Bluetooth connectivity for easy transfer between devices, and is significantly smaller than the Galaxy Camera, with a 3.5-inch multitouch display.

Not only does the Polaroid iM1836 better spec’d than its immediate competition, but it will come in at $399, some $200 cheaper than the Galaxy Camera, and includes a 10-30mm equivalent kit lens.

Honestly, this camera looks like fantastic value, especially since it will be compatible with any micro 4/3 lens with an adapter. Look for this camera some time in early 2013.

Via: Engadget

  • LOL

    When will we see BB10 powered cameras?

    • 2see

      RIP Android :)

  • Applausee

    this is REALLY amazing for it’s price and it’s specs wow… good job polaroid

    • Eduardo

      Amazing indeed… I wonder if it’s too good to be true, I wanna see a hands on video!

  • GlassBackBadIdea

    I like this Polaroid design. Hope the pictures are good and sharp as well.
    Expect then the Samsung camera to drop down in price. The samsung should be in the $250 range.

  • Cell Hell

    Who owns Polaroid now?

    • KL

      I think the name was bought by a Chinese company and they’re now making cheap products with the recognized Polaroid name that has nothing to do with their previous products.

  • perry

    That sensor is tiny (smaller than CX), and with 18 MP photos from it will probably look like s**t.

    You can walk into London Drugs today and get a Nikon V1 for $369. At east it has a 1″ sensor.

    Or just save a little more and get a NEX-F3.

  • Larry

    So, the theory is, if it has Android it will be a great camera. I have an android phone and love it, but I’m not sure android will be any greater for a camera than the software in my EM-5 camera. I doubt that Android can compensate for an itty-bitty sensor. Android is phone software. My car has a computer, and it works great, but I doubt it would be good camera software. I think this is a camera for suckers.

    • 2see

      Android is for suckers.

  • LW81

    I’d consider an android camera if they came with a mic and speakers to allow for VOIP calls.

  • phreezerburn

    Photo blog reviews are already bad for this mirror-less shooter.

  • Gene

    Wow look at that teeny tiny sensor. Hope this is a rendering.

  • Aiden

    The specs might be good, but they styled it looking like a children’s toy. Not a very smart move in my opinion if they wanted to be taken seriously.

  • Youcanthandlethetruth

    I’m sorry, I thought I was reading MOBILE Syrup, not CAMERA Syrup…

  • KoalaMeatPie

    Cool, only one year late. Remember CES 2012? Vaporware!