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Polaroid introduces SC1630 high-end digital camera powered by Android

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Polaroid introduces SC1630 high-end digital camera powered by Android
UPDATE: Continuing to stare at this bizarre device, it eventually hit us that the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera is almost exactly identical to the altek Leo - a camera-centric Android smartphone that we previewed in March 2011. The altek Leo that we previewed was almost exactly the same in terms of appearance, and featured a 14MP camera, so obviously what we're dealing with here is not a product built from the ground up, but rather, simply a rebranded device. The only thing that doesn't become clear is whether or not the SC1630 can act as phone, similarly to the altek Leo, or has been stripped off of such goodies. On one hand, it does appear to have an earpiece on the images, but on the other, there are no phone or contacts icons seen there either.


A name from the past is trying to make a comeback using new technology as Polaroid has introduced a smart camera powered by Android. The device, said by the manufacturer to be a high-end digital camera, is called the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera. With a 3.2 inch touchscreen display and Wi-Fi connectivity, you could be excused for confusing it with a smartphone if it weren't for the lens on the back of the device

The Android powered Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera

The Android powered Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera

On board the camera is a 36-108mm lens and 16MP sensor with built-in 3X optical zoom. Once a picture has been snapped, you can use a Wi-Fi connection to upload it to a social networking site with the press of a single button. Polaroid says that the SC1630 weighs 5 ounces and has all of the features of a digital camera, except that it is powered by Google's open source OS. And not only can you take high-def snapshots, but the camera also shoots high-def video as well. As much as 32GB of storage can be added through a microSD card. The camera supports the Android Market which means that you can install apps related to picture taking, among others.

The Polaroid SC 1630 allows the user to select from 18 different shooting modes and view pictures on the touchscreen display captured at 36mm or full 108mm magnification. Polaroid has included a feature it calls Smart Album which allows you to store your pictures by date, location or subject. The location of the shot can be noted through the use of geotagging. And you can also edit your shots to make them more to your liking. These editing features include cropping, red-eye removal, resizing and color correction. The rechargeable battery will allow the camera to be used all day on a single charge.

With pricing to be determined later, the Polaroid SC1630 will be available sometime during 2012.

source: Polaroid

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posted on 10 Jan 2012, 19:08 2

1. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Cool camera, but they should have just made it a full on phone. The reason that point and shoot camera manufacturers are losing market share to cell phones is that people like the portability of having an all in one device. As any wise photographer knows, the best camera is always the one you have on you.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 19:11 2

2. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


cool story bro

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 22:58 3

5. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


It's true. If you need to get the shot, then you're not thinking about your DSLR you left at home. You are going to reach for your cell phone. End of cool story. Bro.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 19:54 1

3. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Yep bro u very.it should have been a phone with this crazy lense.people would have surely buy it. All the same it will sell better than other digital cams out there.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 22:56

4. downphoenix (Posts: 2293; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


digital cameras wont be going anywhere. True phones will be fine for a lot of pictures, but the lens quality and lack of good optical zoom is a drag. Would be nice to see a phone with at like 5x optical zoom and a camera with a large lens come to fruition. Yes, it will be 15-20mm instead of 5mm thick or whatever they are trying to get phones to, but do we really need phones that thin? Its hard to hold onto something reliably that is so thin, and I rather have a kickass camera that would truly be a digital camera replacement (not a professional one of course) instead of being sufficient to have when you left the camera at home.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 23:48

6. doubler86 (Posts: 318; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


It always depends, I am big on photos but I know the limitations of my phone compared to my point and shoot. When I'm just out I'll take my cell only just like most people. But whenever I go on a vacation or to a big event I will always bring my camera. I take pictures and videos right there with all the people on their smartphones and then they see their pictures and see mine and they have the same look of disappointment and look down for a second. lol

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