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.
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.
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.
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
continue to stand out, in the past several months we’ve seen big-name electronics companies such as Sony
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.
If you’re old enough, you may fondly remember the gloriously analogue, low-tech world of Polaroid photographs. While the image quality wasn’t great, you instantly got a real, physical photograph that you could stick in your locker, tack to your bulletin board, or use to blackmail someone. If you now use an iPhone for snapping photos, however, it’s become impossible for you to get instant Polaroid prints ... right? Not if the Impossible Instant Lab goes into production.
The near-ubiquitousness of camera-equipped smartphones has seen many ditch their dedicated cameras in favor of the convenience of snapping shots on their phone. But although the quality of the camera in the iPhone has improved over the various iterations of that device, there are still many things a dedicated camera is better at. But you don't have to lug around a fancy DSLR to up your photography game … here are 10 compact cameras that offer something the iPhone can't.
While Kodak finally succumbed to the march of technology and bowed out of the camera-production biz
earlier this year, another icon of the pre-digital photography age is determined to stick around. Looking to leverage its expertise in instant film cameras, the company has developed a number of digital cameras, such as the PoGo
, that provide the same instant photo capabilities, but with the use of new technology. The latest is the Z2300, which packs an integrated printer to spit out prints in under a minute – no shaking required.
Instagram is enjoying a wealth of success right now, particularly after being picked up by Facebook
last month for a cool US$1 billion. The photo-sharing network's social apps have become some of the most popular in the world, and one design studio in Italy is wondering what it would look like if the company decided to make its own hardware as well. ADR Studio has put together a fairly detailed concept for just such a device, called the "Instagram Socialmatic," which merges online photo-sharing with instant Polaroid-like prints for sharing in the offline world.
With most people happy to make do with camera phones
for their digital image snapping needs in the majority of situations and the quality of such devices improving markedly in recent years, makers of dedicated consumer-level cameras face an increasingly tough row to hoe. At CES 2012
, Polaroid has announced its SC1630 Smart Camera that attempts to blur the lines between a camera phone and dedicated camera with its smartphone-like form factor and being one of the first dedicated cameras to run on Android.
Photojojo is known for offering unusual cameras for enthusiasts such as the Holga Twin Image Maker
and NeinGrenze 5000T
dedicated tilt-shift camera. The online store has released yet another treat for fans - the legendary Polaroid SX-70 camera that was originally manufactured in the years 1972-1977. The cameras being offered have all been restored to working condition and integral instant film is also available.