I’m often writing about Android / Linux mini PCs, but in this post, I’ll cover a mini camera: Polaroid Cube (POLC3). Just like GoPro or SJ1000, it’s a Full HD wide angle sports camera, but just smaller being a 3.5cm wide cube.
Some of the key features include:
- Video capture resolution – 1920 x 1080; 1280×720 (30FPS)
- Recording format – H.264
- Still image resolution – 6 MP; JPEG still image
- Lens – 124º wide angle lens (F 2.0, f=3.4mm)
- Viewing angel – 124º (wide angle)
- Built-on Microphone
- External memory – Micro SD card, up to 32GB
- USB – mini USB 2.0 port for connection with PC or Mac
- Weatherproof/splash proof
- Misc – LED for still image, video recording indication. (Since there’s no display)
- Battery & power- Lithium battery, good for 90 minutes recording
- Dimensions – 3.5 x 3.5 x3.5 cm
- Weight – N/A
There’s a strong magnet inside the camera, so it can easily attached a metallic surface, but Polaroid also provides various accessories for the camera: a waterproof case, a suction mount, an helmet mount, a strap mount, a tripod mount, a bumper case, a bicycle mount, and the monkey stand shown above. You watch the mini camera in action in the promo video below, including a quick slideshow with the accessories.
The camera is currently selling on Amazon US for $99. Contrary to Chinese sports cameras like SJ4000, the accessories are not included, and all you’ll get with your camera is a short USB cable, a user’s manual, and a warranty card. So unless you just plan to hold the camera in your hand, or use the magnet, you’ll also need to order one or more mounting options for $17.99 to $39.99. You might also want to visit Polaroid’s Cube product page. I haven’t been able to find technical details (e.g. processor) used by the camera yet, but since the camera appears to be quite popular, hopefully a teardown will be featured in iFixit.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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