Polaroid has unveiled a handful of bridge cameras at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 with optical zoom lenses ranging from 15x up to 50x.
In order to prove that CES is the home of bridge cameras, Polaroid has added its share of shooters with high-zoom lenses to the war of bridge shooters.
No less than five cameras have been unveiled and all of them will become available soon with “peer-to-peer WiFi” technology and high-zoom optics.
The cameras vary from 15x optical zoom up to 50x, which is not bad considering the prices and specs of these products.
CES 2014: Polaroid iE5036W with 50x optical zoom lens unveiled along four other bridge cameras
The Polaroid iE5036W is the one with 50x optical zoom. It also features an 18-megapixel image sensor capable of recording full HD videos.
Content will be stored on an SD card, but it can be easily transferred to a mobile device via WiFi. Additionally, users can review their photos on a 3-inch LCD screen.
The Polaroid iE4038W features a 40x optical zoom lens. Other than that, its specs are identical to those of the 50x model.
The Polaroid Ixx353W comes packed with a 20-megapixel image sensor and a 35x optical zoom lens. However, every other feature is identical to the features found in its siblings.
The fourth camera is called Polaroid iE3035W and it sports a 30x optical zoom lens and an 18-megapixel sensor. As expected, the other features on its specs sheet are the same to the ones of its counterparts.
Last but not least comes a 15x optical zoom model which records videos up to 720p resolution. For some odd reason, Sakar International (the owner of the Polaroid brand) has not revealed the name of the camera.
All models are scheduled to become available during spring 2014 for prices starting at $149 and no higher than $299. Amazon is not listing these cameras, yet, but they will be put up for pre-order soon.
Polaroid Socialmatic release date and final specs announced
Sakar International has also confirmed the availability details of the Socialmatic camera. This is the Instagram-like shooter that started as a shy and small project, but it promises to bring back the good old instant Polaroid days to users worldwide.
It features a 14-megapixel sensor in the front, a 2-megapixel sensor on the back, 4.5-inch touchscreen, built-in 4GB memory, microSD card slot, and WiFi.
The Polaroid Socialmatic will be able to print photos using ink-free paper, courtesy of Zink. It will be launched in Q1 2014 and will run on Android, although its price remains unknown.
Polaroid C3 is a cube-shaped and tiny action camera
Since action cameras are becoming very popular these days, three such devices have been introduced at CES 2014.
The most interesting of them is the Polaroid C3. It consists of a cube that measures 35mm on each side, but it provides enough space to include a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, 120-degree wide-angle lens, microphone, LED light, and a microSD card slot.
This device also sports WiFi so that photographers can transfer content to Android and iOS devices in an instant.
It captures videos of up to 720p resolution and it is waterproof. Plenty of accessories will be released so that users can mount it anywhere they want. It will become available for $99 this summer.
Polaroid XS100i available now, XS1000i coming this summer
The next camera is called Polaroid XS100i. Its specs list includes a 16-megapixel sensor, G-sensor for auto rotation, microSD card slot of up to 32GB, full HD video recording, and a 170-degree wide angle lens.
The XS100i is waterproof and shockproof and it is available now for a price of $179.99.
Sakar International’s third Polaroid action camera is called XS1000i. The name is rather similar to its sibling, but they are two different shooters. This model sports an Aptina-made 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 170-degree wide angle lens.
It records full HD videos at 30fps and it is packing image stabilization technology as well as a gyroscopic sensor to compensate for camera shakes.
As expected, it is waterproof and can withstand a fair share of drops on solid ground. It does not have a price for now, but these details will become official before its release date: summer 2014.