Polaroid CIM-1237R 12 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, Red – Product Description:
Get all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a professional camera, in this easy-to-use point-and-shoot i1237 12 Megapixel Digital Camera from Polaroid. With a 3x optical and 5x digital zoom, you’ll get closer to the action than ever before. And you can use the huge 2.7″ color LCD screen to preview images before you shoot, letting you frame your subject for perfect photos every time. The audio tag lets you put names with faces when you’re capturing memories at a family reunion or wedding. Also lets you take video clips with audio, and the 16MB built-in storage is expandable with SD cards for complete photo storage. Shoot manually or choose from 15 scene modes for customized images. Get yours today and take your photography to the next level!
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Polaroid CIM-1237R 12 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom, Red – Review:
Although this camera has a few quirks, after a brief introductory period and the purchase of an SD card, my wife loves it.
Why I bought it: This camera was a gift for my wife who has a very nice camera (a Sony about a half-step below a professional camera) which she uses most of the time. She wanted something small that she could stick in her pocket for those spur of the moment occasions that crop up at children’s school parties and such. This camera fits the bill.
It easily fits into her pocket (either shirt or jeans), takes high quality photos, has numerous optional settings, and with an 8 GB SD card has room for over 2000 photos at the highest quality settings. It takes AA batteries, so there is no “I forgot to charge the camera” issues.
1) The first quirk is the way the camera reacts when its memory is full. This is simple to do if you don’t buy an SD card immediately. The camera defaults to the highest MP setting (12) which allows about four or five photos on the camera memory. Then the camera displays a message saying that the memory is full. Ours also seemed to have a hiccup the first time it happened and we had to turn it off and turn it back on using the play button on the back of the camera. After this, the camera was fine.
2) The batteries. This camera uses AAs. I have heard arguments against this, but my wife and I prefer this feature. Our reasoning is simple: if the batteries run out, almost every store on the planet carries AAs. We can walk into any of them and buy more. You can’t say the same if you forget or use all of a proprietary battery that is unique to a specific camera. For the eco-conscious, you can still use rechargeable batteries, they are just going to be rechargeable AAs.
3) Snap-time. I don’t even know if that’s a term, but it describes the issue fairly well. This camera takes a while to capture the photo. While this is a bit annoying, the wait seems in line with most of our friends’ and families’ cameras. I have only witnessed one camera not have this issue and I know for a fact that one cost over $3,000 (i.e. a bit out of our budget.)
NOTE: There may be a setting that changes this that we have not found yet.
Overall: we have had a very good experience so far with the camera. We are extremely hopeful that this will continue.