Design patents for Nikon 1 range infringed by Polaroid release
A United States District Court has sided with Nikon in a design patent dispute over a Polaroid camera. The Polaroid iM1836 by Sakar is now the subject of an injunction where the company cannot manufacture or sell the mirrorless camera, one which bears a considerable resemblance to the J1 in the Nikon 1 range of mirrorless snappers.
New polaroid to have interchangeable lenses, Android
This January, Polaroid will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas showing off a new interchangeable lens camera that will run Google's Android operating system. The company's president and CEO recently confirmed the existence of the device, said to be called the IM1836, though Polaroid has not given too many details on its capabilities. According to rumors, Sakar will manufacture the device for Polarioid.
Three cameras intented for extreme sports, underwater photography
Polaroid has introduced its new line of hi-definition sports video cameras. The Polaroid XS7, XS20, and XS100 are the newest additions to Polaroid’s robust instant camera and camcorder offerings, the Polaroid XS sports video cameras provide users with the ability to take videos and still images in a variety of sport settings.
Sakar announces four Polaroid-branded HD camcorders
License holder Sakar International and Polaroid revealed they will launch a new range of Polaroid-branded compact camcorders. There will be four, including the iD820, iD879, iD450, and the iD640. One of them, the iD820, is touted as one of the thinnest and lightest capable of recording 1080p content.
Polaroid Z2300 offers flashback to yesteryear
Polaroid has taken the wraps of its Z2300 Instant Digital Camera. The brand famous for delivering instant photos from analog cameras has now managed to put a 21st Century spin on the original concept. The Z2300 not only takes digital still shots, it also incorporates a small onboard ZINK Technology printer that lets users instantly print 2x3-inch photos.
Samsung may bring out Android camera this year
Samsung is considering releasing an Android-powered digital camera, Engadget learned after a tour of Samsung's Korean headquarters. The R&D staff hinted such a device may come out later in the year, which lines up with a filing for a Galaxy camera trademark. The company has a lot of experience with the Google-based mobile OS with its range of smartphones and might translate it quickly to cameras.
Polaroid cameraphone needs work before launch
We stopped by the Polaroid booth while at CES for a closer look at its Android-powered point-and-shoot camera, the SC1630. The design from the back end certainly looks like a smartphone, and many are reporting that the camera will have phone functionality as well. Whether this aspect of the device carriers over to production remains to be seen, however, as Polaroid still hasn't ironed out if it will sell it through carriers.
Polaroid to take on iPad and Kindle Fire at once
A leak on Saturday has suggested that Polaroid is the next company to try its hand at tablets. Appropriate to the instant photography legacy, a full-size Android tablet seen by Engadget would focus heavily on the camera. It would have both front and rear cameras, but unlike most any other tablet, it would have a flash on the front as well.
Camera produces dry prints in under a minute
Polaroid has introduced its latest digital camera, the Z340, which resurrects aesthetics from the company's instant-film cameras of the '80s. The large build enables the camera to integrate its own printer, which produces 3x4-inch prints that feed out of a slot on the front panel. A 2.7-inch display can be used for previews or photo editing, with options for cropping or adding artistic frames.
Custom job said to cost over $100k
Professional photographer Mitchell Feinberg has reportedly designed his own large-format digital camera back. The unprecedented design was said to be an essential replacement for an 8x10 Polaroid back, enabling the photographer to instantly preview a composition, in full color at 10-megapixel resolution, before committing to captures using sheet film.
Printer arrives at Bloomingdale's NYC flagship
Polaroid has finally begun shipping its GL10 instant printer, which was part of the company's Grey Label lineup that was borne of a Lady Gaga promotion early in the year. The portable printer creates 3- by 4-inch instant prints using second-generation ZINK (zero ink) technology for resistance to smudges. Users can queue pictures using a USB connection or Bluetooth, while the internal battery is claimed to last for 35 prints.
Polaroid shows GL10 Zink portable printer at CES
Similar in concept and execution to its PoGo camera, Polaroid has brought out a brand new portable printer, the GL10. It uses Zink paper and technology to print 3- by 4-inch prints. Zink uses thermal technology to bring out the colors in the special paper, which are protected by smudge-proof, water-resistant coatings.
Offers 30 official filters and colored borders
Polaroid in conjunction with LoL Software has released the official Polaroid app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app offers users choice of 30 different official filters and colored borders to create a Polaroid original effect. It also gives users the option to upload images instantly to Facebook.
Polaroid promises new instant cam for CES
Polaroid today sent out invitations to Electronista and other members of the press to attend a special event at CES in January with a teaser of a device to come. Only referring to it as "grey revealed," it shows a dimmed image of what's likely to be an updated instant camera. Little else is known beyond its possibly combining a digital camera with a printer.
Polaroid due for a comeback thanks to PLR
The famed Polaroid name has been purchased by a new company, PLR IP Holdings, after the brand's previous new owners declared bankruptcy in late 2008. PLR has drawn up new licensing agreements that will give its licensees rights to the Polaroid name, and promises to bring new products from the Polaroid brand in 2010, with some reaching shelves as early as January. The new owners will expand Polaroid's traditional offerings that included photo printers and digital cameras to include PC products and game consoles, as well as cellphones and AV peripherals. Cleaning products for electronics will also be part of the revised lineup.
Hilco, Gordon buy Polaroid
A joint venture led by Gordon Brothers Brands and Hilco Consumer Capital, along with private equity fund Knight's Bridge Capital Partners and other investors, was approved by a Minnesota Federal Bankruptcy court to acquire all assets of the Polaroid brand. In a Thursday announcement from the joint venture, which also recently purchased The Sharper Image, Linens 'N Things and Bombay, the companies promise to develop a full-scale global licensing and marketing strategy for wholesale, direct-to-retail and e-commerce business to make Polaroid competitive again.
Dell Wasabi PZ310 Printer
After teasing the device at CES, Dell today launched its Wasabi PZ310 printer. The handheld, 7-ounce design is a companion to digital cameras that support PictBridge over USB as well as most Bluetooth-equipped devices, letting users print away from home. Dell uses a relatively new ZINK (zero-ink) technology borrowed from Polaroid that relies on a layer in the paper itself to print an image without having to use either an inkjet tank or a laser toner cartridge.
Polaroid PoGo camera
At CES on Thursday, Polaroid officially introduced the PoGo instant digital camera that prints its own images. The camera effectively integrates the PoGo printer out in stores since the summer and introduced at last year’s CES to produce the images. Interestingly, Polaroid did not release the megapixel count of the camera, nor is it visible anywhere on the body – a definitive break from the norm. Otherwise, users get a 3-inch LCD screen and a 4x digital zoom. Onboard storage is limited to 16MB, but is expandable via SD cards.
Polaroid PoGo printer
Polaroid recently announced it will launch its PoGo portable photo printer later on this summer. First seen at CES 2008, the printer, whose name is short for Polaroid-on-the-go according to Polaroid, achieves its compact 4.7- by 2.8- by 0.9-inch size by not requiring any ink cartridges. Instead, it uses Zero Ink technology and ZINK Photo Paper as its medium.
Polaroid i535 digital cam
Polaroid launched a new basic digital camera on Friday, the i535, which is aimed at introducing people to digital photography. The i535 boasts a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, and 3X optical zoom as well as a fixed 2.36-inch display. The i535BB sports 32MB of internal memory, while an SD/HC card slot allows for memory expansion. Video can be recorded in a maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels in motion JPEG format. A carrying case and flexible mini tripod are included, delivering a relatively complete package for beginners.