18
Dec
2012-12-18_12h25_38

Sure, Samsung is stealing the spotlight recently with its Galaxy Camera, but did you know that other companies are working on Android cameras? Companies that have been making picture-taking devices for longer than most of us have been alive, even! Take Polaroid's IM1836, for example. This thing has leaked before in a couple different variations, and today were getting a glimpse at a unit that might be a little closer to final production.

polaroidim1836

From what we can tell, it will come with a 3.5" touch screen (which is significantly smaller than the Galaxy Camera's 4.8" display), WiFi, a microSD card slot, a mirrorless sensor and interchangeable lenses. Yes, you heard that right. If they do things right, this should actually be a beast of a MILC that just happens to be running the most prolific mobile operating system in the world. While it almost certainly won't be cheap, I think the concept is something that all photographers can get behind.

Update: Thanks to some handy dandy Russian-reading on Artem's part, we also found out that this slide says the camera will come with an 18MP camera and 3x optical zoom.

So, how long before Nikon and Canon start trying to put Android on their top of the line cameras? And can I have one?

Source: PhotoRumors

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Sony next

  • GraveUypo

    looks to be better than a galaxy camera.

  • leenephi

    Pretty.

  • Sarah Puls

    Gimme!

  • jimx2

    Nikon already makes Android powered Cameras, and it's a piece of shit. I'm an android user and all, but it does not work on cameras.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Some details that we didn't mention earlier: 18MP, 3x optical zoom (that's it?).

    • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

      With interchangeable lenses the default optical zoom shouldn't matter much. Most DSLRs come with low range lenses anyway.

  • Andrew

    The smaller screen is better. Having a giant screen on a camera is pointless, it just means your battery runs out faster. Might consider this if the price is reasonable.

  • http://twitter.com/PCSievers Phill Sievers

    I still dont get it. What does Android bring to a camera that doesnt already exist? Is it just an increased ability to share the image through social networking and uploads to dropbox etc?

  • http://www.facebook.com/smartguy0101 Anthony James

    Nikon already makes an android camera.

  • Freak4Dell

    I still don't see the point of Android on a camera, but at least this will be a better way to spend your money than a Galaxy Camera.

    Also, if Samsung stole the spotlight with the Galaxy Camera, that must be the tiniest spotlight ever.

  • cooldoods

    I would have considered Samsung's Galaxy Camera if they didn't put in a 3G SIM slot which I would never use anyway, unless they enable voice calls. Polaroid's effort looks nice, and I hope the lens come cheap.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    So many people are questioning why you'd want Android on a camera (and for lower quality cameras, I agree, it's stupid), but I think it's short sighted to dismiss it. It's not just about extensible sharing options for social networks or the 23489 apps that will do Instagram-type filters. Here's a few rough ideas for stuff that could be done (the better ones are at the end).

    With some decent face recognition, an app could pre-tag photos with people on your contact list. This is a feature Apple is already doing in iMovie with a moderate degree of success.

    An app could be written that guides people through making certain types of pre-templated collages or family portraits.

    I recently met a guy who's company developed image manipulation software that, in real-time, adjusted their faces to have smiles and look slightly younger. I'm not sure what the processing requirements are, but you don't need to do this in real time for still photos.

    Somebody might build an app that detects a type of motion which automatically takes a picture. This could be used for self portraits and stuff like that, but it would be awesome for taking your own action shots. Imagine a skateboarder setting up a camera pointed at a spot he'll be doing a trick at, then precisely choosing a region where he will pass through that the trick actually happens in. As he enters that spot in the frame, the camera fires off a few pictures in rapid succession.

    There could be an app that detects the model in a picture and detects any number of photographic anomalies in skin tone, lighting, poses or whatever else and immediately retakes the picture or alerts the user to possible changes to improve the shot. This could be taken to professional levels by capturing the location of shadows in each picture for instant warnings or identifies places where forward colors blend too closely with the background.

    Or, let's crank the dial to 11 and talk about every outdoor photographers' ultimate wood-inspiring dream app. Build an app that reads the compass, gyroscope, and GPS to determine the relative location of the sun and acquires geological data to determine possibly obstructing mountains or buildings, then pulls data about up-to-the-minute environmental conditions to calculate all aspects of lighting. That same app could show a countdown of how long you've got with the current light, the precise angle, and how the light will change over time. It could include even simple conveniences like tracking how long until the golden hour (magic hour for movie makers). Admit it, most of this isn't even remotely realistic with the software on current high end cameras, but the app could sell for $19.99 on the Play Store and every photographer would pop for this in an instant.

    I'm just saying, there are cool reasons for pairing a mainstream mobile OS with professional and pro-sumer level cameras. It's not like anybody has done the hardware right...yet. Still, it's going to happen, and few people are going to look back when they start seeing the advantages.

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