Is it a bird? Is it a phone? No, it’s Polaroid’s newly announced Android powered camera-cum-smartphone.
Officially showcased at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera is being billed as a camera that doubles as a phone rather than the other way around, and it’s not surprising why, given that it looks just like a digital compact from the rear.
And it’s got the right credentials to mix it with dedicated snappers, too, sporting a whopping 16-megapixel lens with a Xenon flash, a 3x optical zoom, f3.1-f5.6 aperture, and up to 3200 ISO and 1/1400 shutter speeds. It can also record videos in 720p and comes with 18 scene modes.
Of course, it would be wrong to overlook the Smart Camera’s ‘phone’ capabilities, courtesy of a micro SIM slot, plus Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity that mean you can connect to the internet and upload your snaps on the spot.
The 3.2-inch screen won’t exactly blow your mind, but is decent enough to review shots and browse the web. Whether that will entice dedicated phone users remains to be seen, but Polaroid fans and photography enthusiasts in general should be pretty chuffed with what’s on board.
Priced at $299, which converts to roughly £195, the Smart Camera goes on sale in the US in April. Unfortunately, a UK release has not been confirmed yet. With any luck, though, we will hear about that at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.