CES 2012: Android Powers A Polaroid Camera

Posted: Jan 12 2012, 3:48pm CST | by , in News | CES

CES 2012: Android Powers A Polaroid Camera

It's like a phone, but with more camera and less phone

Polaroid is showing off something at this week's Consumer Electronics Show that isn't quite a tablet but it's much more than a camera.

It's the Polaroid SC1630, and although it looks like your run-of-the-mill digital camera at first, it is anything but.

Instead of the traditional LCD display on the back of the device that allows you to toggle through pictures and change lighting, etc, the SC1630 has a fully operable version of Android.

Sure it can do all those things I just mentioned, but it can also run apps, games, and connect to the Internet. Users can instantly share pictures on Facebook, e-mail, or whatever method they want.

Obviously it's primary function is as a camera. It has a 16-megapixel resolution and 3x zoom, and it aims to answer the growing question of why consumers should still buy a dedicated digital camera when their phone's camera is probably good enough.

"Polaroid has helped the world bring stories to life through photographs for the past 75 years. The newest member of the Polaroid family, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera unites the beauty of high-end digital images with powerful Android connectivity features. The result is an instant experience of click, capture and share that enables social networks to see and experience the moment as if they were there," said Polaroid president Scott W. Hardy.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.




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