Polaroid Takes on Android-Powered Cameras with iM1836

Interchangeable Lens the Edge?

Consumer camera innovator Polaroid dropped its hat in the ring for smart-camera supremacy, by unveiling the iM1836. The micro 4/3 body camera is pitted against more heavily marketed members of the new breed of consumer cameras, ones that are driven by Android, and connected to the Internet via WLAN or cellular networks. While Samsung Galaxy Camera and Nikon S800C are more conventional-looking point-and-shoots with fixed telescopic lenses, the iM1836 features what could become its edge, interchangeable lens. The company includes a 10 mm - 30 mm lens with the camera.

The Polaroid iM1836 packs an 18.1-megapixel primary sensor, which supports 1080p video recording. It supports panoramic shooting, and up to ISO 3200. Its smartypants include a 480 x 320 pixel capacitive touchscreen, and Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." SDXC is its storage media of choice, supporting up to 64 GB of storage. Sadly, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN is the only wireless connectivity option, with no word of a cellular-touting variant. Word is, that the iM1836 could make up for lack of cellular networking with an attractive price-tag, on top of the interchangeable lens incentive.