Polaroid M43 Introduced

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by Theo, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. Theo

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  2. Hyubie

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    Herbert
    Well at least it's bringing something new to the table. (Android, that is.)
     
  3. flipmack

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    I dunno. I'm looking at it and I don't think it's really m4/3 - otherwise, all of the press material would indicate compatibility and interchangeability with an already existing assortment of lenses. From some press releases, it's indicating that a 500mm and a 50mm lens will be available in the future.

    I could have sworn that the m4/3 standard implies lens architecture and interface specifications, so to truly be m4/3, you need to have compatibility.

    Sure, the Android user interface is nice, but other than that, I'm calling infringement on the use of the term '4/3' or 'm4/3' by Polaroid.
     
  4. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

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    Herbert
    I believe m43 means the mount and 4/3 sensor?
     
  5. Petrochemist

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    A 10-30mm lens could be useful its a lot cheaper than current UWA zooms, and comes with a body...
    Shame about the finish (& possibly IQ etc too.)

    Reading elsewhere ' More unique is that each lens module has its own sensor and shutter mechanism ' DPreview - suggesting it's not m4/3!
     
  6. Cruzan80

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    Sean Rastsmith
    18MP sensor, 10-30 zoom?
     
  7. madogvelkor

    madogvelkor Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Last I had heard, Polaroid was going a combined sensor-lens route, with different sensor for different lenses. Plus the body and the lens are complete replica of the Nikon J1 which is probably why Sakar is being sued over it...
     
  8. Theo

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  10. Mark0

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    IMHO it has nothing to do with Micro Four Thirds.
    The Polaroid website use ambiguous wording, but it seems just a way to get some search traffic and interest for free.

    Don't know if it qualify as a "scam", but it definitely doesn't sound very serious or professional.
     
  11. madogvelkor

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    The official website for the camera says "compact micro 4/3 body": http://www.polaroid.com/iM1836-android-camera
    But that contradicts the info from CES and photos of the prototype.
    I've also seen reports earlier that it has a 1" sensor or a 2/3" sensor.
    I'm also not sure who makes an 18.1 megapixel sensor larger than 1/2.3"....
     
  12. sLorenzi

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    < Back to DIGITALCAMERAS
    Polaroid
    Polaroid iM1836
    DIGITALCAMERAS
    Polaroid iM1836

    Sakar's Polaroid-branded iM1836 Android-powered compact interchangeable-lens smart camera makes it easy and fun for anyone to capture outstanding, professional quality images and instantly share them with friends. The 18 megapixel camera features the latest Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" operating system, the smoothest and fastest Android OS yet. The camera comes with a detachable flash and a 10-30mm optical zoom lens. The Polaroid iM1836 camera will also offer consumers the flexibility to explore their creativity with interchangeable lenses.

    Click here for Polaroid Support Website

    Technical Specs

    Powered By Android 4.0 (JellyBean)
    Included 10mm-30mm Lens
    3.5" Touch screen LCD Display
    18.1 Mega Pixel
    Built in Peer 2 Peer WIFI (iM1232W)
    Headphone Output
    HDMI Type B Output
    Face Auto Exposure
    HD Video
    Panoramic Pictures
    ISO up to 3200
    Blink Detection
    SD card Slot
    Compact Micro 4/3 Body
    Detachable Flash

    From Sakar's website: http://www.sakar.com/products/16,cameras/101,polaroid-im1836
     
  13. dougjgreen

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    Doug Green
    I wasn't aware that this was a Micro 4/3 camera. And in fact, I am willing to bet that it's not, and that that is an erroneous, marketing driven spec claim. I WAS aware that Nikon is suing their butts for ripping off the Nikon 1 J1 design.

    If it actually IS a Micro 4/3 camera, I can guarantee you that the 10-30mm zoom will be a hot item amongst non-Sakar, M4/3 system users. We're begging for alternatives at the ultra-wide end. But I am sure that they are not using a Micro-4/3 sensor and lens mount.
     
  14. darosk

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  15. madogvelkor

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  17. madogvelkor

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    If they're like Ricoh, they could put a different sensor size in each lens unit. Make some cheap superzoom lenses by sticking a 1/2.3" sensor in, etc.
     
  18. yakky

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    It's Polaroid, you can guarantee its going to be a pile of crap. Might sell well to the QVC crowd.
     
  19. madogvelkor

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    Walmart and Amazon... I believe Kodak/JKImaging is targeting the QVC crowd right now. :)

    Looking at the video it looks like they are coming out with a 50mm and a 500mm mirror lens. Which is a bit confusing because that would be a fixed 135mm equivalent and a 1350mm equivalent. Unless they mean a 50mm and 500mm equivalent lens. Which would be odd for the mirror lens, because I'm not sure why you'd make a 185mm mirror lens...
     
  20. dougjgreen

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    Doug Green
    Pretty sure they mean actual 50mm and 500mm lenses - which makes sense, those are focal lengths that are easily and cheaply outsourced. You can bet they won't be designing anything new from the ground up for this camera. In fact, the 500mm lens looks to be the same one that sells under the Samyang brand, and they say it adapts to the camera via a T-mount. All very logical, and involving ZERO product engineering.