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Polaroid's "Lo"Pro HD cube cam - September 25, 2014, 05:16 PM

mildly interesting....$100



With Its Diminutive, Ammunition-Designed Cube, Polaroid Moves into Low-Cost GoPro Territory - Core77


With Its Diminutive, Ammunition-Designed Cube, Polaroid Moves into Low-Cost GoPro Territory

Once wielded by everyone from impatient partygoers to crime scene detectives to insurance inspectors, Polaroid used to be synonymous with instant image capture. With that advantage long since evaporated, the company is seeking to move into a new market—one that's already dominated by GoPro.

The newly-released Polaroid Cube is the company's answer to action-seeking shooters, specifically those looking for bargain-basement prices. At just $100 the Cube is an entry-level product, though it's capable of shooting 1080p HD video; it will either help Polaroid get their foot into the action-cam door, or serve as a stopgap measure for kids saving up for a GoPro.



The Cube was designed by Ammunition and was reportedly not an exercise in "form follows function;" instead Brunner and co. dreamt up the cubic shape, and it was up to the engineers to make the guts fit. According to Businessweek,

Cramming all the camera's guts into a package that's less than 1.5 inches around presented some challenges. When the designers handed the plans over to the development team, they were told the battery wouldn't fit. The problem temporarily threatened the designers' vision of a cube until they came up with a solution of using two rechargeable batteries, one on each side. The configuration had the added benefit of creating a balanced block. After a few nips and tucks, each side of the gadget ended up measuring 35 millimeters—a serendipitous homage to old-school film stock.


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September 25, 2014, 06:37 PM

Price point works.
But of course GoPro could respond by coming out with a lower price model and smashing Polaroid's attempts.



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biggest question is what is the image quality? I can't imagine a great sensor in that package at that price point. 1080p doesn't mean much if it's blurry etc.. Still at $100 even if image quality isn't great not a bad pickup for a kid or goofing around with as a 2nd or 3rd cam angle.


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biggest question is what is the image quality? I can't imagine a great sensor in that package at that price point. 1080p doesn't mean much if it's blurry etc.. Still at $100 even if image quality isn't great not a bad pickup for a kid or goofing around with as a 2nd or 3rd cam angle.
It won't win any image quality awards, but it's more than acceptable in my opinion.
You can color correct, edit, and clean up a bit in a post production application.



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Looks like a good deal on their HD action cam:
MSRP $250 down to $99 with free ship ( around $130 most places)



Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition HD 1080p 16MP Waterproof Sports Action Camera for $129.99 - $35 off w/ promo code ASB3ZK2X = $94.99. Shipping is free

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Waterproof up to 30' or 10m.
Distortion-Free ultra wide angle lens provides 170 degrees of coverage.
Aerodynamic design and shock-proof exterior minimizes wind noise.
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Video Options: 1080p, 960p or 720p.
Dual file recording; with every HD video an additional smaller file is created for more efficient uploading and sharing.
Still image options: 16MP, 5MP, 3MP, 1 x or 10x (burst) Shooting Mode + Time Lapse.
Adjustable frame rate for 720p allows effects like slow or fast motion shots-even in HD.
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I wonder if it can be roated like the contor? so if you do helmet mounts on the side and shit.
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............I thought Polaroid went out of business...
They did, stiffing creditors in the process. The new company is "Polaroid" in name only, but is making some new instant print cameras to catch the nostalgia market and succeed with stylish, cute things for the youth market, like the video cube.
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1080p@what fps?
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1080p@30 fps or 720p@60 fps


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that's what I thought. I want 1080p@120fps for $100... they're just not there yet. Then I could split a 4k image into forths with 2 or 3 camera feeds with 1080p for gps, speedo, gear, etc.

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Hum? wonder where gopro got this idea from? looks like they did it better though.

http://shop.gopro.com/hero4/hero4-se...FcaRHwodDJIPZw




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Hum? wonder where gopro got this idea from? looks like they did it better though.

http://shop.gopro.com/hero4/hero4-se...FcaRHwodDJIPZw

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