Polaroid has officially announced its new Android-based camera called the iM1836. It would be recalled that a leak regarding the device surfaced from a Russian social media website last December. Said leak revealed many of the camera’s purported specifications. Polaroid’s announcement at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas confirms that many of the leaked details are accurate.
According to Polaroid, the iM1836 is “the first Android-powered interchangeable lens ‘smart’ camera.” It boasts of a 10-30mm optical zoom lens and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Users may also try all other Micro Four Thirds system lenses on the camera, as these have been confirmed to be compatible with the device with the help of an optional adapter.
The camera also packs a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD. Engadet notes that this is considerably smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Camera’s 4.8-inch display panel.
Among the features of the Polaroid iM1836 are auto blink detection, auto face exposure, pop-up flash, and a wide-angle panoramic shooting mode. The camera likewise records 1080p HD video. Videos or images captured through the Polaroid iM1836 may be viewed on an HDTV via a built-in HDMI output port.
The camera offers Wi-Fi connectivity, as well, plus several Polaroid photo sharing apps to facilitate sending media to friends on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Vimeo, among others. Bluetooth is also onboard, which is useful in transferring files wirelessly to computers or mobile devices.
The camera is produced by Sakar International, which holds a Polaroid license.
For those interested in purchasing the device, the Polaroid iM1836 will hit the market during the first quarter of this year for the price of US $399. Attendees of CES 2013 may check out the camera at the Polaroid Booth #13613 from January 8 to 11.
Meanwhile, Polaroid has other cameras that are slated to be released this year. These are the iM1836, iM1030, iS2433, and the iD975.