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Polaroid iM1836

Polaroid has officially announced the upcoming launch of its Android-powered, interchangeable-lens compact system camera, the 18-megapixel Polaroid iM1836. Produced by Sakar, an authorised Polaroid licensee, the Polaroid iM1836 features the latest Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system and comes standard with a 10-30mm zoom lens. Highlights include a pop-up flash, 3.5” capacitive touchscreen interface and 1080p Full HD capture. ” With built-in peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and easy-to-use Polaroid photo sharing apps on board, the Polaroid iM1836 lets users instantly upload and share stunning, professional-quality image creations with friends via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo and more, all at the touch of a button,” the company says. Slated for a 2013 Q1 release, the Polaroid iM1836 carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $399.

Although the Polaroid press release below makes no mention of sensor size, based on the focal length of the kit lens we suspect that the Polaroid iM1836 incorporates a 1” imager similar to the ‘CX’ sized sensors found in the Nikon 1 System cameras. There’s no word on compatibility with 1 Nikkor lenses but Polaroid is promising to release an adapter for - Micro Four Thirds lenses.

Polaroid Press Release

Polaroid Debuts The First Android™-Powered Interchangeable Lens ‘Smart’ Camera at CES

Posted: Jan 08, 2013

Las Vegas (January 8, 2013) — Polaroid today unveiled the first and only Android-powered compact interchangeable-lens smart camera that makes it easy and fun for anyone to capture outstanding, professional quality images and instantly share them with friends. The 18 megapixel Polaroid iM1836 camera debuted at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics show, Jan. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be on display in the Polaroid Booth #13613 throughout the show.

Produced by Sakar International, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the iM1836 camera features the latest Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” operating system, the smoothest and fastest Android OS yet, and comes standard with a 10-30mm optical zoom lens, and will hit store shelves in the first quarter of 2013 at an MSRP of $399.  The Polaroid iM1836 camera will also offer consumers the flexibility to explore their creativity with interchangeable lenses, since all existing Micro Four Thirds system lenses will work with the iM1836 with an adapter.

“Throughout our 75 year history, Polaroid has been synonymous with innovation, creativity, and ease of use,” commented Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid.  “We are continuing that proud tradition at CES this year with the launch of the iM1836. This compact, connected camera is the ideal pocket-sized device to capture and share all of your most precious moments.”

Superior Quality, Simple to Use
The Polaroid iM1836 camera is the first of its kind to pair interchangeable lens options, like those typically only found on more expensive D-SLR cameras, with the ultra-intuitive and familiar Android OS. This powerful combination allows consumers of any skill level to get professional-quality results without the cost and complexity of a professional system. The lightweight device is portable and compact, perfect for dropping it into a backpack or purse, ready to capture outstanding images wherever and whenever they happen.

With the vibrant 3.5” capacitive touchscreen LCD display and the fast and fluid Android interface/menu, anyone can simply point and shoot great photos in a snap—no more fiddling with the camera and missing the shot. Auto blink detection, auto face exposure and pop-up flash ensure a great shot every time. The Polaroid iM1836 even captures wide-angle panoramic shots for impressive landscape photography without the added cost and weight of high-end equipment.

And, when the action calls for more than just a still image, the iM1836 camera also captures 1080p HD video. Plus, the built-in HDMI output turns this compact device into a multimedia player—just connect it to any TV or monitor to view video or photo slide shows.

Snap and Share Instantly
Combining the flexibility and creativity of an interchangeable lens camera with the power of the Android 4.1 platform, the Polaroid iM1836 camera makes it easy for photographers of any skill level to point, shoot, share and tag great photos instantly and effortlessly. With built-in peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and easy-to-use Polaroid photo sharing apps on board, the Polaroid iM1836 camera lets users instantly upload and share stunning, professional-quality image creations with friends via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo and more, all at the touch of a button. When Wi-Fi isn’t available, built-in Bluetooth connectivity pairs the Polaroid iM1836 camera with any Bluetooth-enabled device to upload images and video through a mobile phone, PC or even iPod Touch.

“People often take pictures with both their camera and their camera phone to get the image quality they want and the ability to share the moment with friends on Facebook or Twitter. Too often they miss the shot because they’re switching back and forth,” said Sakar President Jeff Saka. “This great little compact camera solves that problem, with exceptional Polaroid quality and the ability to upload and share those same images in real time.”

To check out the latest-generation digital imaging Polaroid products, visit Booth #13613 during the 2013 CES or visit http://www.polaroid.com.

About Sakar International
Sakar International, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer electronics and accessories. With a rich heritage of technology innovation since 1977, Sakar has developed a global presence by consistently evolving alongside technology to develop on-trend, cutting edge products. Sakar licenses over forty major entertainment brands and has maintained a diverse portfolio of product offerings, including: digital cameras, video recorders, karaoke machines and small appliances, along with audio, tablet, camera, smartphone and computer accessories. Sakar acquired the Vivitar brand in 2008 and has since launched a full line of photographic, optic and related accessories. Sakar is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey, with additional offices in the United Kingdom, Canada, Latin America, Hong Kong and China. 

About The Polaroid Brand
Across several generations, people regard Polaroid as one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands when it comes to technology.  The history of Polaroid began 75 years ago, with its roots stemming back to Polaroid instant film, cameras and camera accessories – thus was the introduction of the famous Polaroid Classic Border Logo which is still recognized today as a true landmark of photography.
In recent years, Polaroid has expanded its range of products in consumer electronics and photography, such as instant and digital cameras, high-definition camcorders, mobile printers, tablets, flat-screen TVs and more. People can expect to see new Polaroid products that will deliver the fun, instant gratification and value that the brand has long stood. For more information, visit http://www.polaroid.com or http://www.polaroidstore.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC.
Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.

Published: Tuesday, January 08, 2013

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Reader Comments

  1. This Polaroid is actually a really nice camera. This review is pretty accurate, as I own one. The touchscreen is really nice and how they made it sort of "app" based makes using it really cool.

    Travis at 09:07pm on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

  2. Well its not a review and its not yet out for sale as far as i know, so i am having a tiny bit of difficulty believing you. Sorry.

    Rokborn at 12:25am on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

  3. Rokborn is right. This is not a review, just a product announcement. You can find all of our reviews at http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/

    Zoltán Árva-Tóth at 09:05am on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

  4. Why make introduce an "Almost Micro Four Thirds" new format. If you want to invest in a compact system camera would you really prefer this one over any of the Micro Four Thirds models?
    If this one has features that so much better, why exclude micro-4/3 system users from buying your bodies?

    An Android connectable m4/3 model would have a market, as would a movie-dedicated model. Many m4/3 users would buy several bodies for several applications if the choice were there.

    Michael at 03:44pm on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

  5. This camera has been out for a month. Adorama and Wall-Mart are selling it in the states. It's priced at $299.

    Colin Glover at 09:40pm on Sunday, November 10, 2013

  6. Battery hard to find in Okla., Texas and Oahu, Hi.
    Not found yet,

    Bill Coleman at 02:14am on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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