Jan, 08 2013

I’m currently using the Samsung Galaxy Camera for CES coverage… and it’s awesome. It takes incredible video, incredible pictures, and among other things includes 21X optical zoom. But for the consumer who wants a slightly more flexible photography experience that acts a bit more like your traditional DSLR, the Polaroid iM1835 might be your answer.

Running Android 4.1 Jellybean in a light and compact frame, the iM1835 is a great option for android enthusiasts who are either aspiring photographers are simply want a compact solution for more portable use. Designed with the novice in mind, the camera’s sensors are located in the lens as opposed to the main kit, preventing dust and other problematic “stuff” to scuff up your camera and therefore photo quality as the sensor isn’t “exposed to the elements”.

Coming in at only $349 in the 2nd quarter of this year, the Polaroid iM1835 becomes the Galaxy Camera’s first real competitor in the Android Camera market, and we hope to see this market heat up. Some additional specs to note:

  • Android 4.1 ┬áJellybean
  • 10-33mm optical zoom lens
  • 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen
  • Auto blink detection
  • Auto face exposure
  • Pop-up flash
  • 1080p HD video
  • Built-in HDMI out

Polaroid is also expecting two features for which I’m really excited: additional lenses available for sale such as telephoto lenses and an adapter so you can attach and use lenses from other popular companies such as Canon and Nikon.

We have yet to test the image and video quality of the Polaroid iM1835 but stay tuned- we’re hoping to get some samples in the next couple days.

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