It has been awhile since we last heard about the Polaroid iM1836. It’s a mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses that also happens to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Think of it as a bit of a hybrid between the Nikon 1 J1 and the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Despite having built-in Wi-Fi and a 3.5-inch touch screen, Polaroid still managed to keep the price low. Polaroid’s announcement says the camera comes with a 10-30mm kit lens for $299. However, Amazon’s listing for the camera shows a $299 price for just the camera body. It’s possible the Amazon listing is erroneous since there is no place to buy the kit lens separately. Polaroid also announced a 500mm telephoto lens for November and a 50mm lens for early 2014.
The iM1836 is a micro 4/3 camera with a 18.1-megapixel sensor. It also has HDMI output, removable flash, USB out and a special mode for taking panorama pictures. The maximum ISO when taking pictures is 3200. It’s also capable of capturing 1080p HD video. Polaroid doesn’t state whether full HD is captured at 24fps, 30fps or 60fps.
Not mentioned in the press release is whether Polaroid still built the sensor into each individual lens like it mentioned at CES 2013. Polaroid wanted to do this to protect the sensor since it believed its target audience may not know the importance of keeping the sensor covered. Also not mentioned are adapter rings with built-in sensors that were also announced at CES. We’ll ask Polaroid about these things and will report back when it responds.