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Polaroid's long-awaited Socialmatic camera can now be preordered for US$299

In long-awaited news for Instagram devotees looking for something a little more tangible to archive their favorite moments, the Polaroid Socialmatic is now available for preorder. The camera has the ability to capture and print photos much like the original Polaroid cameras, but is equipped with Wi-Fi to enable sharing over the internet.  Read More

The SnapJet creates instant prints by scanning a smartphone's display

Say what you will about the low cost and easy sharability of digital photos, sometimes it's nice to have an actual physical print that you can hold onto or tack up. That said, you likely don't want to carry an instant camera with you everywhere you go. Well, that's where the SnapJet comes in. It's a small device that scans a photo displayed on your smartphone's screen, and reproduces it on Polaroid or Fuji film.  Read More

The Polaroid Socialmatic camera is scheduled for release in late 2014/early 2015

ADR Studio first revealed the Socialmatic concept design back in 2012. A year later Polaroid announced that the chunky photo sharing and printing camera would hit stores by the close of 2014. When Gizmag visited the company's booth at Photokina, that shipping target looks to have been refined again, with a possible "in time for the holidays" window being replaced by a probable Q1 2015 release.  Read More

The Vizio 50-inch 4K television provides a high-quality photo-like image (Photo: Vizio)

4K televisions have undergone tremendous progress this last year, as has been clearly demonstrated at the CES 2014 show. Both Polaroid and Vizio introduced 50-inch 4K televisions with an MSRP of US$999.99. But what kind of user can really use a 4K TV today? High-power computer users, that's who.  Read More

The Polaroid Kids Tablet 2 features a 1024 x 600 resolution display and a 1.6 GHz dual-cor...

There are plenty of child-focused tablets out there vying for your little one's attention, as we saw in our recent guide to choosing the best kids tablet. Now Polaroid has added the latest version of its Kids Tablet 2 into the fray, packed with content from the likes of Disney, Marvel and Cartoon Network.  Read More

A design concept of two models of the Socialmatic camera

Last May, we heard about a concept camera known as the Socialmatic, which was envisioned as being a Polaroid-style camera that would produce physical prints of Instagram-treated snapshots. Although no more than an idea at the time, it now looks like the Socialmatic should be available to consumers as of next year.  Read More

Polaroid has launched Kids Tablet, featuring educational and filtered entertainment apps

Polaroid has launched a new entry into an expanding market with Kids Tablet – a sturdy 7-inch tablet featuring educational and multimedia apps, built-in parental controls and a safe web browser.  Read More

The IM1836 is set to feature interchangeable lenses (Photo: Dealerscope)

Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy has confirmed to Imaging Resource that the company will unveil a new Android-powered camera at CES 2013. Though there are currently few confirmed specs for the device, we do know that it will be mirrorless and will feature interchangeable lenses.  Read More

Gizmag takes a hands-on look at the Polaroid Z2300 digital instant camera

Although most people think of Polaroid instant cameras as retro relics from the 70s and 80s, those cameras did do something that today’s digital models don’t – they provided you with an on-the-spot photographic print. The picture quality wasn’t great, but it was fun to instantly receive that tangible finished product. Polaroid is now trying to recapture a little of that fun, with its new Z2300 digital instant camera. I recently had the chance to try one out for myself.  Read More

The XS100 is the top model in Polaroid's new XS line of high-definition sports video camer...

It’s hard to say which manufacturer was the first to offer an inexpensive, consumer-oriented actioncam, although Oregon Scientific might be a good bet. In any case, it’s become a very competitive product category in recent years. While GoPro and Contour continue to stand out, in the past several months we’ve seen big-name electronics companies such as Sony and JVC throw their hats into the ring. Not wanting to be left out, Polaroid is now also offering a rough-and-ready, mount-it-anywhere video camera – in fact, it’s offering three.  Read More

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