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Polaroid offers first Android camera with interchangeable lenses

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Polaroid (or rather Sakar, the company that is licensing the Polaroid name) today announced the first Android-powered camera with interchangeable lenses at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. In terms of design and dimensions the new camera reminds of Nikon's 1-series, but under the hood it's a very different type of product.

There are no buttons on the back of the camera as all functions are controlled via the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen. Similar to Ricoh's GXR series the sensor and shutter are located in the lens and Polaroid is planning to offer adapter modules that would allow the use of Micro Four Thirds, Nikon and K-mount lenses with the iM1836.

We are being told the camera's sensor size is 'approximately one inch' which means the 10-30mm kit lens offer a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 27-81mm. There'll also be pancake and telephoto lens modules available in the nearer future, both using the same sensor as the current module which captures 18MP files. The camera itself is powered by Android's latest 4.2 version (Jelly Bean). You can record 1080p Full HD video and output to your TV via HDMI. The camera connects to the Internet via WiFi and there is no 3G or 4G connectivity. The Polaroid iM1836 with 10-30mm kit lens will be available in the first quarter of 2013 at an MSRP of $399. 

 Android 4.1 is controlled via the touchscreen on the camera's back.
 Sensor and shutter are located in the lens rather than the camera body.

 

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Total comments: 14
MonkRX
By MonkRX (Jan 12, 2013)

Design clearly implies sensor will be on the body, not the lens. (Sensor cut out on the body, and a lens opening on the rear of the lens barrel). So I'm assuming Polaroid themselves said that the lenses would carry the sensor, not the body. If not, I have no idea why this is reported the way it is.

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MonkRX
By MonkRX (Jan 12, 2013)

Checked with other sources, and they also confirm the mismatch between the mockups and the actual design plan. Polaroid intends to place sensors in the lens. Meh. Hopefully the Android hardware is respectable. Any idea if the LCD was any decent? Better or worse than the Galaxy Camera? Or was it something out of some junky device.

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jamesanthonycampbell
By jamesanthonycampbell (Jan 9, 2013)

yep, i see instagram as an app there. looks like we need a new definition for 'mobile' photography. Is 'mobile' any picture taking device that can instantly share to the internet / social networks?

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Bruce McL
By Bruce McL (Jan 9, 2013)

"Is 'mobile' any picture taking device that can instantly share to the internet / social networks?"

Yes. Mobile Photography implies post processing and publishing on the same mobile device. As opposed to mobile picture-taking I guess, which would exclude post processing and publishing.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 8, 2013)

Sure looks like a sensor in that orange body

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Bruce McL
By Bruce McL (Jan 9, 2013)

If you click on the photo and enlarge it, you can see there is no hole in the body. The area inside the pins is filled in with plastic or metal.

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Seeky
By Seeky (Jan 9, 2013)

The sensor is definately inside the body. What you see on the back of the lens is a smudged rear element. The mount seems to be a direct Nikon 1 copy besides different pin layout and locking pin position. I bet the lens IS a Nikon 1 10-30 with a slightly different body or it is a very close copy.

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Bruce McL
By Bruce McL (Jan 9, 2013)

The author of the post states below that the camera in the photograph doesn't actually work. Knowing this, I don't think there is a sensor anywhere, in the body or lens.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jan 9, 2013)

This whole thing is odd. I would bet money that that is supposed to be a regular lens and in body sensor in the mockup. Why have a rear glass chunk or a stepped/recessed film-box area otherwise?

But if that is a sensor in the body, it's nowhere near large enough to be 1". Look up a picture of a Nikon 1 body with no lens and the sensor nearly fills the mount. That looks closer to Pentax Q sensor. Of course if it's a 4x crop then 10-30mm makes no sense for the lens.

So I say we, dpreview, and probably Sakar, have no idea what this product will really be like at launch.

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
By FuzzTheKingOfTrees (Jan 8, 2013)

What's the point in having a modular sensor if all the modules have the same sensor?

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oklaphotog
By oklaphotog (Jan 8, 2013)

I wonder what sensor sizes the m4/3, F and K mount adapters will have... Still 1" ?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Jan 8, 2013)

As far as we know yes, 1 inch. Problem is the Polaroid people themselves don't appear to have all the information at his point...so we'll have to wait and see until more information becomes available.

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Bruce McL
By Bruce McL (Jan 9, 2013)

This story is getting more interesting! I wonder if the camera they are showing actually works. Were you able to take any photos with that camera?

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (Jan 9, 2013)

None of the camera really worked. Thpid camera powered on but was then unresponsive. Looks like fairly early pre-production models to me.

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