updated 07:21 am EST, Tue January 7, 2014
Polaroid Socialmatic offers social network sharing of images
At the same time as debuting its Q-series of tablets at CES, Polaroid has revealed a new range of cameras. The Socialmatic is a flat and square camera that can share images to social networks and can print its own images, the C3 is a small cube that is billed as an action camera, the XS100i and XS1000i sports cameras, and a family of Wi-Fi bridge cameras with a wide variety of optical zooms.
The Socialmatic effectively resembles an Instagram-style app icon in real life, with a rounded square front and a thin profile. Offering a 14-megapixel front sensor and a 2-megapixel rear version, the Android-based Socialmatic has a rear 4.5-inch touchscreen, 4GB of expandable storage, and the option to share through social apps over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth tethering. Its built-in ZINK Imaging printer will create 2x3-inch full-color stickers in under a minute, harking back to earlier Polaroid cameras, with users able to customize images with clip art before printing. Polaroid hopes to ship the Socialmatic in the fall.
The Polaroid C3 is a 35mm-cubed action camera that offers a 120-degree lens, and can take 5-megapixel images or record video at up to 1280x720 resolution. Waterproof to 6.5 feet, the budget camera includes 2MB of internal storage, micro SD card support for up to 32GB, a microphone, and an LED light. We're told it's due out this summer, priced at $99.
The bridge camera collection consists of cameras offering maximum zooms of between 15x and 50x, and either 18-megapixel or 20-megapixel image sensors. Offering image sharing over Wi-Fi, all of the cameras in the range have a 3-inch preview screen on the rear, can record 720p or 1080p video, and include various onboard effects. The collection will reach retailers in the sprint for between $150 and $300 each.
Polaroid Wi-Fi Bridge camera
In terms of the sports cameras, the Polaroid XS100i builds from the earlier XS100, offering up to 16MP stills and 1080p video recording on its 170-degree ultra wide angle lens. Shockproof and waterproof to 30 feet, it can sense gravity and rotate the shot automatically, can be controlled over Wi-Fi by mobile apps, and includes 32MB of expandable storage. The XS1000i adds anti-shake technology and a gyro sensor, simultaneous stills and video capture on top. Both cost $180, though the XS1000i isn't due out until the summer.