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Polaroid releases waterproof 16MP action camera

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Polaroid's new 16MP/1080p action camera comes with a mounting kit for $129.99.

Polaroid is stepping up its game with a new rugged HD camera. The XS80 offers up to 16MP still image capture and 1080p video recording on its light 4.8-oz body. Unlike action cam leader GoPro, Polaroid's camera does not offer WiFi to wirelessly upload content, but at 16MP, the XS80 offers higher resolution images.

With a shock-proof, waterproof exterior the XS80 can handle quite a bit of abuse. Polaroid claims the ultra wide f/2.8 lens and 1/2.5" sensor can record images and video up to 10 meters underwater. The XS80's micro USB slot is able to hold up to 128GB of storage and the 1050MAH battery will last for up to 2.5 hours.

The XS80 comes with a mounting kit and is available through Polaroid for $129.99.

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Total comments: 17
makofoto
By makofoto (11 months ago)

Odd that DpR has never done a proper test of the most popular mini cam, the GoPro. We pro's use these cameras all of the time ... if you watch TV, you're seeing GoPro shots in commercials and reality shots. And the GoPro's are THE most popular cameras ever made, 800,000 and counting ... very quickly

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wootpile
By wootpile (11 months ago)

Guys - you need to do better research - the 100 version is already on sale and this one uses the same specs - the sensor is 5 megapixels CMOS which has a "upsample" option for 16.

You can imagine the results...

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (11 months ago)

Yet another product frustratingly useless to divers. When they finally guessed the right shape, it just needed a bit more practical thinking to make it withstand normal diving depths. Of course, there should also be an adequate range of lighting accessories... Maybe next time. :-(

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Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

i think it is intended for the go-pro crowd of adventure people that do things that often start with 'hey bo, watch this'.

It would be interesting to have a nice fun camera for diving. there are some not so serious (read 'pro') options but they are still a little expensive for the use i think i would get.

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KL Matt
By KL Matt (11 months ago)

Note to photog: Thanks for the bonus self portrait in the Polaroid's lens. OOF catchlights in the model's eyes from the beauty dish make her look mildly satanic (when looking at the full res image) thanks to brightring bokeh. You sliced off half her pinky with your (or the dock's) shadow.

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dearjym
By dearjym (11 months ago)

all by design. The image was taken by a Canon 5D3. But clicking on the image might give the impression that it was taken by the Polaroid... But I can see you just wanted to demonstrate some words that you know :P

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Alternative Energy Photography

How can the eyes make her look satanic? I realize the product was the focus in this pic, but the girl is pretty and I would have liked a teensy bit more depth of field to be able to see her better, at least a little.

As for the self-portrait, that's something that I constantly struggle with. Like telephone poles growing out of people's heads. D'oh!

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Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

you gots satanic on one hand and wicked on the other

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Caoedhen
By Caoedhen (11 months ago)

Remember that this is primarily a video camera, still shots are not the main reason for existence. This doesn't replace a walk-around camera by any means. The Polaroid website doesn't say if the actual resolution is 16mp, or if that number is interpolated. I would guess interpolated... why put a 16mp sensor in a 2mp video camera?

If you want a rugged still camera, but an actual camera, look at the Olympus and Pentax models.

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tbaker
By tbaker (11 months ago)

Sensor sounds a bit disappointing at 1/2.5''. Why can't we get a rugged camera with a sensor that is 1/2" paired with a f2.8, or if possible f2.5?

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Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

i don't know.

i am guessing that, maybe, image quality increase might not be seen with the larger sensor..? depends on the quality of the housing port. maybe.

i figure the external element is just a piece of plastic for the housing the the lens for focusing and what all is inside. if the housing 'glass' isn't of good quality, maybe it is the limiting factor.

the larger sensor may have better noise characteristics, but my P&S does pretty well on this front for video.

i think small size is an essential requirement for this type of device.

my point is, for this type of device at this Size, the larger sensor may offer little benefit. perhaps? now, why there aren't similar devices with larger sensors even if the device must be a little larger... who knows.

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jozhua
By jozhua (11 months ago)

higher price? clearly the camera is aimed at the budget sports camera enthusiasts. well my two cents.

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makofoto
By makofoto (11 months ago)

" now, why there aren't similar devices with larger sensors even if the device must be a little larger" Coming at you in a while ... but these Pro cameras will be quite a bit more expensive ... say $1K at least ... plus C-mount lenses.

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Tan68
By Tan68 (11 months ago)

I am in favor of the mounting kit.

Click through the link and Polaroid has a waterproof camera with a touchscreen. I wonder how that will work for them. I have trouble using the touchscreen on my phone with wet fingers.

Now, we are back to phones.

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monkeybrain
By monkeybrain (11 months ago)

Why is this news on Connect? This is an action cam for stills and video and has nothing to do with mobile phones or tablets. It doesn't even have wifi so has pretty much nothing to do with 'connect'.

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tazmac
By tazmac (11 months ago)

Same thing came to my mind...

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dearjym
By dearjym (11 months ago)

the exact same target demographic

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