Polaroid Releases Their Own Android Camera

Polaroid revealed their own Android camera, the iM1836 (needs a catchier name), yesterday to rival that of the Samsung Galaxy Camera. The major difference between the Polaroid iM1836 and the Samsung Galaxy Camera is that the iM1836 will have an interchangeable lens.

The camera was created by Polaroid’s partner, Sakar, and will be coming in the following specs:

  • 3.5-inch LCD touch screen
  • 10-30mm zoom lens
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update coming soon)
  • Compatibility with Micro Four Thirds lens (if you have an optional adapter)
  • 18MP
  • Abillity to shoot 1080p video
  • HDMI out
  • WiFi (no compatibility for carrier data plans)

The Polaroid iM1836 will retail for about $399, which is $100 cheaper than AT&T and $150 cheaper than Verizon Wireless, and will be released Q1 of this year. The lack of data plan compatibility might be a deal breaker for many people, because that would mean you would always have to be near a WiFi spot, or you would have to tether your phones internet to the device. The touch screen is also a lot smaller compared to the Samsung Galaxy Camera’s.

But for $100 cheaper, and with interchangeable lenses, this may be the Android camera many users will opt for. What are your thoughts on this camera? Do you think Polaroid can compete in the Android market?


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