Polaroid launches Android based cameras

I'm out here at CES 2013 and anxious to see all the consumer camera announcements. First up: Polaroid with some Android based cameras. I've played with other Android cameras before and I haven't been impressed. I'm not sure I need a browser on my camera. But these new Polaroids are interesting. It's nicely called the iM1836. It just rolls off the tongue doesn't it?

It has an 18.1-megapixel, 1080p video-capable mirrorless body with Android 4.1. One of the nice features lets you share images over WiFi and with other devices through Bluetooth, a nice feature which will let you edit photos on a tablet while on the go. 

The biggest wow for me is the price: $399, with a 10-30mm lens included. Take that Nikon!


Using the iPhone 5 Camera

his weekend we took our annual Fall apple picking trip to a local farm. I took a handful of pictures with my brand new iPhone 5.

he first thing I noticed is how much faster the camera loads during those impromptu moments  when my son is climbing on something. Apple says it opens 40% faster. I didn't have my abacus with me for calculations but I can say there's almost no lag in launching the app.

The second thing I noticed was color vibrance. This camera definitely has a richer color cast and everything looked more vibrant without looking overly saturated.

Here's an unprocessed gallery.

What camera to buy?

To start on this journey I need to get a decent camera. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg on something that is going to be obsolete in a few years. I think of it as an investment and no one wants to have their investment go belly up in a few years.

e're at an interesting moment in camera history because those large DSLR's might not be long for this world. With the move towards mirror-less cameras we are starting to see lighter/smaller devices with incredible range.

o should I invest in a Nikon D800 that might be obsolete in a few years? It's not just the camera I'd be spending money on but it's the many expensive lenses too. Or should I take the plunge on a smaller mirror-less camera like the Sony NEX 7? I'm leaning toward the Sony.