Polaroid introduces Android camera

Posted by Mike Luttrell

This isn't your grandma's digital camera.

In fact, it even blurs the line of what you might be used to calling a "digital camera." Perhaps it's more of a small tablet or the Android equivalent of an iPod Touch.

It's the Polaroid SC1630, and although it looks like your run-of-the-mill digital camera at first, it is anything but.

Instead of the traditional LCD display on the back of the device that allows you to toggle through pictures and change lighting, etc, the SC1630 has a fully operable version of Android.

Sure it can do all those things I just mentioned, but it can also run apps, games, and connect to the Internet. Users can instantly share pictures on Facebook, e-mail, or whatever method they want.

Obviously it's primary function is as a camera. It has a 16-megapixel resolution and 3x zoom, and it aims to answer the growing question of why consumers should still buy a dedicated digital camera when their phone's camera is probably good enough.

"Polaroid has helped the world bring stories to life through photographs for the past 75 years. The newest member of the Polaroid family, the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera unites the beauty of high-end digital images with powerful Android connectivity features. The result is an instant experience of click, capture and share that enables social networks to see and experience the moment as if they were there," said Polaroid president Scott W. Hardy.