CES 2012: Polaroid unleashes Android-powered SC1630 Smart Camera

News Richard Goodwin 10:58, 11 Jan 2012

Polaroid has joined the 21st Century and launched an Android-powered 16-megapixel camera at this year’s CES 2012

Polaroid has decided to join the 21st Century and has launched an Android-powered 16-megapixel camera at CES 2012, , perhaps in light of Kodak’s recent misfortune.

The device, known as the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera, features a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 16-megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom on a 36-108mm lens.

The camera features all the usual mod cons associated with Android, such as Google’s Android Market, and internet connectivity - although there’s no 3G-support.

Once connected to a Wi-Fi network, users can upload pictures taken with the SC1630 straight to Facebook, Flickr and Twitter. We’d also assume that the device would sync with cloud-based services like Dropbox, Sky Drive and Evernote too, giving users even more storing and sharing options.

‘Polaroid has helped the world bring stories to life through photographs for the past 75 years,’ said Scott W. Hardy, President, Polaroid.

'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,' he added.

This is a natural step forward for Polaroid and it’s one we expect to see lots of other companies making very soon.

Google talked up the idea of having Android inside everything - from washing machines to TVs - at last year’s Google I/O conference. This is one of the first instances of this dream beginning to take form. Expect to see a lot more releases like this in the coming year.

Polaroid did not say how much the SC1630 Smart Camera will cost or when we can expect to see it in stores.

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