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Nikon and Samsung have already brought Android-powered smart camera to market, and now it seems Polaroid may be looking to edge into this market with a somewhat different device. According to the latest round of online rumors, the company may be bringing to market the world's first Android-based compact camera with interchangeable lenses.

Today's leak comes from Photo Rumors, which sources a company profile for article in industry publication Dealerscope. The article about Sakar international, which is apparently collaborating with Polaroid on the device, reveals the camera as the Polaroid IM1836. This apparently features a 18.1MP sensor, pop-up flash, a 3.5-inch touchscreen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The camera is said to offer Wifi and HDMI connection options, but there's no mention of any cellular data option, or internal hardware like CPU or RAM.

Visual similarities between the IM1836 and the Nikon 1 J2 have led to speculation that the Polaroid may use the Nikon's lens ecosystem, though right now the relationship between the two cameras remains unclear.

Crucially, the inclusion of interchangeable lenses would indicate that this device is more focused on image quality than earlier Samsung and Nikon offerings. Image quality been a common complaint of the Samsung Galaxy Camera, which costs as much as a mirrorless camera, but produces point-and-shoot quality pictures.

There's no word as yet on when Polaroid's Android-powered camera might make an official appearance, but we'll be on the lookout for it at CES in Las Vegas next month.

Source: Photo Rumors; via: The Verge

There are 8 comments

AzD says:

OKAY but just to be clear, image quality isn't the main complaint with the Galaxy camera. It's the price. If the Galaxy camera cost $350 I think you would hear a lot less grousing about the quality of the images it produces. $500 sets a pretty high expectation in a camera.

Prinny Mask says:

In reverse, since the camera costs $500, the image quality is not of the same level.

Crimson says:

You now what would be cool, is if they made a camera and after you take the picture it would spit out a printed copy for you to look at instantly. Now THAT would probably put Polaroid on the map.

Cubfan says:

I see what you did there. :)

RETG says:

Polaroid and Nikon? A few years back, Nikon made the bodies for the Fuji early DSLR cameras (S3 and the S5), and they used Nikon lenses. So, this is not unusual for Nikon.

unixpsycho says:

Too bad this isn't the *REAL* Polaroid. This is just some cheap crap with the Polaroid name on it.

return_0 says:

A 3.5-inch touchscreen? Eww, I'd prefer a regular camera (or the Galaxy Camera). At least it doesn't have the Samsung Galaxy Mini's screen size (2.6 inches).

flychinook says:

Well, if it's anything like the other cameras Polaroid has produced in the last 5 years, it will cost about 80 bucks, be powered by AA batteries, and break in 2 months. And the pictures will look like they were taken with a 10 year old flip phone.