Rumor: Polaroid to introduce high-quality Android-powered camera

Last year Polaroid introduced a point-and-shoot camera with a touchscreen display and Android operating system. It was kind of cool… but also kind of underwhelming, both as a camera and as an Android device.

Now it looks like Polaroid is ready to try again — this time with a higher quality camera with mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and Android 4.0 software.

Polaroid Android camera

Photo Rumors has posted pictures of the camera found on a Russian social media site. While Polaroid hasn’t officially confirmed the camera yet, the camera is expected to have:

  • 18.1MP sensor
  • 3.5 inch touchscreen display
  • Android 4.0 software
  • Pop-up flash
  • WiFi
  • HDMI and audio outputs
  • Support for panorama mode

Samsung also offers an Android-powered Galaxy Camera. But the Polaroid camera shares more DNA with the Nikon 1 J2 camera, which also features changeable lenses.

Update: It looks like Polaroid will introduce the new camera at CES in January.

via The Verge

  • Bill Smith

    In the second paragraph, I think “interchangeable cameras” was supposed to be “interchangeable lenses”.

    • Brad Linder

      I think you’re right. :)

  • Renee Auclair

    I don’t believe this is the same company Mr. Land founded. I believe the original Polaroid filed for bankruptcy, and the name was acquired by someone else, probably a Far Eastern manufacturer. The products I’ve seen from the current Polaroid have been mediocre at best. I don’t expect this product to be much good either.

    So many companies aren’t who you think they are, including GE (the GE company licenses its brand name to all manner of companies), Westinghouse (appliances), and others.

    • Bruce_Mc

      Wikipedia backs up what you believe, and adds more details. The Polaroid name has been part of a couple of bankruptcies, sold to the highest bidder more than once, and contested in court a few times as well.

      I don’t expect this camera to make it to market.

  • Bruce_Mc

    The photo is probably a Nikon J1 that’s had Polaroid’s logo photoshopped in.

  • Bob

    Nikon makes an Android camera too.