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Polaroid iM1836: This Interchangeable-Lens Android Camera Seems Too Good to Be True

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Polaroid's interchangeable-lens camera with Android OS leaked so hard last month that Polaroid went ahead and confirmed its existence, saying it would reveal additional specs about the Polaroid iM1836 at CES. Here's that information, and wowow this thing looks incredible. So incredible, that we won't believe this monster does all Polaroid says it can until we see it with our own eyes.

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According to the release provided to us in advance, the Polaroid iM1836 is an 18-megapixel interchangeable lens camera that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in. It comes bundled with a 10-30mm kit lens, but will be compatible with all micro four thirds lenses using a mount adapter. It's got 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD and it shoots 1080p video. It'll be available the first quarter this year for $400.

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That's all we know. A lot of it doesn't really make sense. There are a lot of key specs missing, and frankly, for the features this thing claims, $400 is too cheap. There has to be a catch, or something we're missing. But that's the news. We're having a meeting with Polaroid to get more information, and we'll update as soon as we've got answers.

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10-30mm kit lens means it's likely a 1" sensor. The Nikon 1 kit lens is also 10-30mm. So there would be a crop factor when using a Micro Four Thirds lens. The crop factors (compared to 35mm full frame) on m43rds is 2x and crop factor for 1" is 2.7x.