New Polaroid mirrorless camera can take MFT lenses (with adapter).

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Update: hands-on video at engadget.

It's common in our Micro Four Thirds world to use third party lenses on MFT camera via the use of adapters. But what about using MFT lenses on other cameras? Polaroid just did that, a new mirrorless camera that is compatible with MFT lenses with the use of an adapter. I am wondering why they didn't make it with native MFT mount. There is little info about the camera now:

18 megapixel, 1080p video, Android OS, 3.5 inch display, pop-up flashand $399 price with a 10-30mm lens included.

 

via Engadget, Mashable.

 

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  • Interesting!

    Yeah, I wonder why too. Must have a smaller sensor. Could even be a 1″ sensor??

  • I cant seem to figure out if it is an electrical connection… If so…sweet.

    (Wish they went native MFT)

  • Farrukh

    But will it focus as fast?

  • Anonymous

    Oooh! toys. .

    micro 4/3 is a consistently fun system to be involved in. I’m very happy I made the choice of m43 as my system.

    It would need an electrical connection surely. Otherwise you could only use the lens at max aperture, as there is no manual aperture control on the lens. . .

    • Uberzone

      Focus is electronic too

  • raul

    seems like Nikon J1/J2

  • It’s an Android camera based on a Nikon 1 J2, according to PhotoRumors:
    http://photorumors.com/2012/12/17/polaroid-to-announce-an-android-based-mirrorless-interchangeable-lens-camera/

    So yeah, it has a 1″ sensor. I wonder if that adapter would also work on Nikon 1s or of Nikon would take any measures against that.

  • Anonymous

    This camera is identical to a Nikon 1, 1″ sensor.

  • Bob

    So what does this mean? Does it provide aperture control? If not, it hardly counts. Does it provide AF? I kind of doubt it.

  • rogerml

    Interesting. The more runners, the faster field and greater competition. Good for all.

  • Andrew

    It’s quite obviously a 1″ sensor based on the lens focal length. Which is too bad because we now know it’s going to have poor IQ and be even less relevant than the Nikon 1.

    • dsy

      @Andrew

      All the big review sites clearly mention that the Nikon 1 is on a par with the 12mp mFT models ,which probably makes up the vast bulk of all mFT in use , considering how many 12mp mFT cameras there have been.

      DPReview conclusions page : “Good image quality (comparable to 12MP Micro Four Thirds sensor output)”

      So I guess that there are a lot of poor IQ mFT cameras around , at least the Nikon will focus on moving objects lol

      Top selling interchangeable lenses Japan , the 12mp mFT models are still the best sellers

      http://dslrphoto.com/dslr/space.php?do=jranking

      • This Polaroid cam has 18 MP, though.

    • MdB

      It is a Polaroid and runs Android – how relevant did you think it was going to be?

  • Stefan K

    The cam is running Android 4.1 – they say so on engadget…

  • the 20 1.7 would be quite nice on this.

  • MdB

    Engadget are reporting that the sensor is part of the lens itself and pictures seem to back this up – though looking inside the body it looks like there was going be a 1/2.3″ sensor in there. So it looks like it is a Nikon J1 and Ricoh GXR hybrid to me. So the m43’s compatibility is probably a mount module with m43’s sensor, a bit like the GXR’s M-Mount module, except maybe with electrical connections.

    Standard lens seems to be 10-30mm indicating 1″ sensor in that module – But who knows! Polaroid sure as hell don’t seem to! Even their mockups some say f3.0-5.6 and other f3.8-5.6…

    • Mdb says:
      “Engadget are reporting that the sensor is part of the lens itself…”

      Huh?

      “So the m43′s compatibility is probably a mount module with m43′s sensor…”

      Huh??

      Conjecture at best, more likely just confusion.
      This is probably a J1 mimic, with a too small sensor, and a too rare mount.

      • MdB

        Huh? How complicated can my explanation be – if there is no sensor in the body and it is in the lens modules instead ala Ricoh GXR, then the ‘adapter’ for m43’s has the sensor in the adapter – surely this isn’t rocket science!

      • Mahal

        It says “Sensor cooporated to the lens”.

        http://www.viddler.com/v/b35654e9?secret=39225654

    • Gabriel

      One of the engadget pics show the boby without a lense, and there is a sensor, but it’s look like a tiny sensor, like the Pentax Q.

    • Don Pope

      One of the photos shows the back of the lens, and it doesn’t have glass. This gives credence to that theory.

  • camaman

    This is a re badged Nikon 1.
    There was talk of this some weeks ago. I wonder why Nikon did this?
    Maybe a buyout is in Polaroids near future.

    • paultakeda

      If this is a rebadged Nikon 1 that suggests that the MFT adapter is usable on a Nikon 1.

      That… is intriguing.

  • Miroslav

    There are more interesting announcements from CES than this. For example, new SH-50 iHS has 5-axis IS, but has no hump! So, it’s possible to put in a smaller humpless ;) body. Besides, it has HDR, low light stitching mode, mode that combines an image with flash and without it. Sign of things to come for m4/3?

    • Esa Tuunanen

      SH-50 doesn’t have EVF.
      http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2012/09/20/inside-look-at-the-olympus-om-d-e-m5/

      Also with tiny sensor IBIS mechanism is no doubt considerably smaller and less robust.

    • Flash

      Then the P5 should get it then, with a viewfinder. It takes time to make a little smaller and lower cost but they did apparently.

      Maybe the next OM will get phase focus, as Fuji seem to put it on a small sensor for the x20 and x100s, so maybe Olympus can also.

    • thr

      Panasonic had a 5 axis system in some of their camcorders before the O-MD came along

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    Admin, RSS and comments are still broken.

  • If it looks like Nikon, if it walks like Nikon, if it quacks like Nikon…

  • nickaboom

    M4/3 is a universal mount right now. Nearly every camera mount in the world has an adapter to M4/3. And many lens companies has an M4/3 mount manual focus lens, for example; SLR Magic, Voigtlander.
    So it is easier to do M4/3 to this mount, instead of producing a new adapeter for every mount to this polaroid mirrorless mount.
    So for me, there is not going to has anything like electric connection. This is making for manual focus lens.

  • Camaman

    My guess is that next Olympus camera needs to have on sensor pdaf to compete with new bodies.
    There is no doubt that it will have. They work with sony now and they already announce a solution to 43 legacy glass problem.

    5 axis ibis in a compact camera is also very interesting. I guess because of the small sensor they have more room for sensor than in tightly packed PEN cameras.

    Interesting times ahead. There is not much Oly cameras lack for my full happiness. pdaf for tracking situations, one stop better ISO focus peaking and a few software tweak added features, would be all I ask from my future camera.

  • Comparing the nikon lens mount to the polaroid lens mount I would have to say the polaroid sensor isn’t 1″ sadly. But I’m also wondering why that black camera looks totally different to the white one. Could still be a fun camera but looks like iq will be more pentax q than nikon 1. Also that lens isn’t going to be very wide if the sensor isn’t 1″

  • ssgreenley

    Imagine what I could do with my 75-300 and a 1″ sensor!!

  • JeremyT

    A Nikon 1 style camera running Android? Really strange. And strangest of all, they make no mention of supporting Nikon 1 mount lenses!

    This thing basically has a multiplier of 3, so your Micro Four Thirds lenses would become on it e.g.:

    12mm f/2 (24mm f/4 equiv) -> 36mm f/5.6 equiv
    25mm f/1.4 (50mm f/2.8 equiv) -> 75mm f/4 equiv
    45mm f/1.8 (90mm f/3.6 equiv) -> 135mm f/5 equiv
    75mm f/1.8 (150mm f/3.6 equiv) -> 225mm f/5 equiv

    It’s marginally interesting with telephoto lenses where you might already want more reach *if* it has the Nikon 1 hybrid AF. Otherwise you might as well just crop…

  • Mistral75
  • SteB

    What’s shown in the Engadget stills, the video, and what the rep says in the video don’t add up.

    It’s claimed the sensor is built into the lens on the grounds the rear of the lens is blocked off. Yet it must have an incredibly short back flange distance. What’s more if the lens is actually derived from a Nikon 1, how has it been adapted to a sensor in such a radically different position. Look again and imagine if that small circle is really just a blocked off rear lens exit. Then what looks like a tiny sensor in the camera starts to make sense.

    Absolutely the only question is whether it’s a Nikon 1 clone based on the internals, or whether it’s externals are meant to vaguely resemble the Nikon 1 series, whilst actually housing internals which have nothing to do with it?

  • pll

    m43 glass is so reliant on electronic compensation, I really don’t know how this would work. Imagine the Pana 14mm with zero correction… ouch!

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