Maxim Grew builds a working Polaroid camera with lollipop sticks, looks like lemon flavoured ones.

Well, you can't really build a whole camera with lollipop sticks, so Maxim had to use some duct tape, a bit of cardboard, and a Polaroid film back. Then, there's the lens:

"So thought I would give building a camera out of lollipop sticks a go, Went well! The back is a polaroid film holder for type 100 film so I used some Fuji-FP 100C I had lying about (which is an amazing film please go buy some now so they keep making it!) the bellows are just thick card and duct tape and the lens is off one of those old folding cameras you see loads in charity shops etc.They are normally really cheap and the lenses are in shutters which makes . . . read more

Edwin Land: The Polaroid genius who re-imagined the way we take photos, at the BBC

"In his new book, Instant: The Story of Polaroid, author Christopher Bonanos compares the company's dynamic founder, Edwin Land, with Apple's iconic inventor, Steve Jobs. According to Bonanos, it was Land who first mixed cutting-edge technology with beauty and design, resulting in wildly popular cameras like the iconic Polaroid SX-70. In this interview with the BBC, he profiles the pioneer of instant photography and chronicles the remarkable rise and ultimate fall of Polaroid itself. . . . read more

Polaroid iM1836 Mirrorless camera hands-on by Eric Reagan at Photography Bay.

The fabled Polaroid iM1836zyx..the one with the sensor in the lens, but also in the camera:

"As I began to question the Polaroid rep concerning the cameras’ construction and features, he was quick to point out they these cameras are targeted at a different audience than more mainstream prosumer mirrorless cameras from companies like Sony, Olympus and Nikon. Instead, these models will likely find their place at just above the typical Walgreens digital camera shopper. Or, perhaps we’ll see them on QVC or the like. The prototypes feel very cheap and plastic. While they may look like Nikon’s 1 series cameras in shape and size, they very much feel a step or two below in the quality department. . . . read more

A quick look at the Polaroid Z340 instant print camera by Amy Medina at SteffHuffPhotos.com: I would call the quality of the prints somewhat unique. They have a pleasant soft appearance and reminds me of an old Polaroid film print.

"It’s just a FUN camera… which is really what it’s meant to be. I posted some photos earlier today which I’ll include again at the bottom of this article to give you an idea of how it might be used in today’s modern age. I can also imagine at a family gathering it’s going to be a blast. I can’t wait to bring it to my in-laws in a couple of weeks!

I also like the idea of giving photos to random strangers (which I did today). I’ll be giving more thought on other ways to use . . . read more

Polaroid to release world's first Android based interchangeable lens camera, unless Samsung or Nikon beat them to it.

The Model name is IM1836, but hopefully this will be replaced with something cuter and more memorable when the final release comes. Known specs: Android 4.xx OS, 3.5' touch screen, 18 Mpixels sensor, built-in Wi-Fi and flash, full HD video with HDMI and headphones out and Panorama, Filters, and Blink detection modes. No more details are given yet, such as mount, sensor size, etc. The camera is pictured with a 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 lens, curiously similar in look and specs to Nikon's own 10-30mm series 1 kit lens. . . . read more

Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera hands-on review @ DCI

We're not in the business of adding links to phone related news but hey, this is a. Polaroid and b.Android, and c.A Polaroid cam running Android:

"We’re not in the business of reviewing phones here at DigitalCameraInfo, so we don’t know if the Polaroid SC1630 will actually turn out to be a decent Android handset. There are a ton of them out there. . . . read more

Cnnmoney writes about Twinkies, Polaroid and Kodak survival stories.

Given the ingredients, it must be a tasty read:

"Kodak's brand name (not its patents) could easily generate more than double Polaroid's sales price, said Jamie Salter, the CEO of Authentic . . . read more

Polaroid Announces the SC1630 Smart Camera Powered by Android

Polaroid Press Release:

Fusing the Feature Set of a High-End Digital Camera with the Power of Android*, the Polaroid SC1630 Makes Snapping and Sharing High Definition Digital Images an Instant Experience

Polaroid z340 instant camera review @ DCinfo

"The Polaroid Z340 is the only camera right now that brings back the magic without giving up the advantages of a digital camera. That’s enough to earn a hearty thumbs-up from us, but more importantly, the Z340 actually does its job pretty well. Photo quality is plenty clean and clear enough for the 4×3″ prints that it makes, and the ink-free printer works well for a small, portable unit. . . . read more

Lady Gaga becomes Polaroid's creative director, dumps her Nikon?

Well, probably not, those new Polaroids seem just as bulky as the old ones. In any case, it's good to have old good old Polaroid back in the newsroom:   LAS VEGAS - 2010 International CES - January 5, 2010 - PLR IP Holdings, LLC, owners of the Polaroid™ brand, today announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Lady Gaga, who will serve as creative director for a specialty line of Polaroid Imaging products.  The partnership brings together one of the

Polaroid ceases production of all kinds of instant film.

sx70 First announced roughly one month ago, on the eve of it's 60th birthday, Polaroid made good  on the promise to discontinue all things instant film.  The company will now focus on imaging products that appeal to a wider segment of the market.  Users of Polaroid instant film will be left completely in the dark, since no stocking up of film has been made by Polaroid and the expiration date of what's left is at best 18 months.
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