on November 26, 2012
I bought this camera the Wednesday before Black Friday from Kohls (they had their Black Friday pricing online). With an additional 20% discount and a $20 rebate ... it was an offer I could not refuse (even though I couldn't find any reviews for it online anywhere).
The camera arrived that Saturday! The camera itself seems well made and it is really easy to hold on to. I quickly put in an old 8GB SDHC card and glanced at the quick start pamphlet (a CD came with it with the manual, but I haven't checked it out yet). Once I turned it on, it asked for the date and time and was ready to go. I took a few pictures and checked out the zoom (which is really nice ... I was able to zoom in on a flower from across the room with great clarity). I also took a short video.
Playback on the camera was better than I expected, the large screen shows nice quality images and video (including sound). There is no manual view finder, but I don't use those anyway.
So far, I am very happy with this camera, and I have been getting compliments on the camera itself as well as the photos it takes!
on December 4, 2012
I was very hesitant to purchase this camera. There is so little information online, few reviews, no professional reviews, little information on the Polaroid website. As the former owner of a Nikon Coolpix point and shoot and was ready to upgrade to nicer DLSR camera. I owned the smaller Nikon for 2 years, and the lens started to give me an error and the color started to chip off of the exterior. May have been rough on it, but expected it to last longer. After pricing and researching, I decided to give this one a go as I couldn't find anything with similar optical zoom and MP in this price range. Like prior reviewer, I bought the camera at Kohl's during their Black Friday Event. Am not an experienced photographer just need a camera for typical mom stuff. Wanted better zoom for sporting events, family gatherings, vacations, etc.
Camera arrived (purchased the red one). It is surprisingly light and easy to handle. Super quick set up guide, pop in batteries and SD card (which isn't required camera does have internal memory according to the manual). I was actually a little overwhelmed with setting choices, functions, and options. The camera comes with a disk that you use to download the manual and software. It does not come with a battery charger or a case. Does include strap, lens cap, and batteries.
I just downloaded the manual and it is 67 pages! I can't believe all of the functions and shutter functions and picture options. It is insane! One poster asked about photo delays, it depends on the setting you chose. There is a Burst setting that will take 30 shots in 1 click! There are also more technical settings that will cause the shot to hesitate slightly to capture the correct lighting tone etc. The zoom is wonderful, but you have to be very steady handed or at full zoom the photo will blur. There are also action settings (good for sports), there is a setting for children, there are settings for self portraits (when you hold the camera up and take a pic of yourself and a buddy), settings for candle light...Many, Many More, and they are easy to get to. Color settings including Vivid, Black/White, Fancy, Sepia, MORE. Panoramic settings, collage type settings. Cannot say enough about the options. I am only half way through the manual. Can't speak to durability as I have just received the camera (but comes with a 1 year warranty). Very excited about the purchase and can't wait to take some pictures!
on January 3, 2014
As a pro photographer, I've used many types of cameras over my 30+ years of taking images - first film, of course, and now digital. I also have something of an "Island of Misfit Toys" love for off-kilter, under-appealing cameras and oddball brands (I went though a serious Holga phase 15 years ago before realizing that I was spending far too much money on developing film from what essentially is among the worst film cameras around.) Hence my attraction to what are now branded as Polaroid cameras, even though they're made by Sakar (which also produces cameras under the Crayola, Hello Kitty, Vivitar and [the once mighty] Kodak brands.) Last year, I read a PhotographyBlog.com review of the U.K. available BenQ GH700; it didn't rate terribly well, but there was something appealing about the posted test images which made me want to try a GH700 for myself. The BenQ GH700, however, isn't available in the US but when comparing specs and product images, it looked to the near twin to the Polaroid iS2132. And the Polaroid had an extra advantage: it was available in it's sexy, satiny "come hither" red body. It beckoned like Jessica Rabbit incarnated as a small superzoom bridge camera.
Well, never buy a camera solely by its color - no matter how alluring. The Polaroid iS2132 performs largely as expected, which is to say merely acceptable to poor under low light, to well above average, such as when settings and conditions are my favour (strong sunshine and proper alignment of the planets, for example). Under bright sun with the finest res selected and lower ISO settings, the camera is capable of producing really good images, with well controlled noise and nice details. Also, there's a saturated richness to the images which recalls some of the slide films I shot years ago; reds, yellows and greens all come across nicely (due to the camera's Sony produced sensor, no doubt). There are manual controls for white balance and shooting shutter priority, aperture priority and manual...although, like on previous Polaroid digitals I've used, the camera gives a choice of only a high and a low setting when aperture priority is chosen, so a tripod might be needed for deep focused shots even in bright light. Still, image quality can beat the knickers off of similarly priced Nikon, Olympus, Samsung and Pentax models. The popup flash, which I've used quite sparingly, is bright and does provide good coverage
However, the camera's other major sore points (in addition to a low resolution LCD screen for composing and image playback, one that's poorly visible in bright light) are difficulty focusing in macro mode and also in low light - the lens really has to hunt for its point of focus - and an auto white balance that appears to work according to whatever mood it's in at a particular moment. I use manual white balance most of the time and color correct in Photoshop afterward, so the camera's auto white balance mood swings don't bother me. Slow image processing times from large JPEG files (at the highest res setting) means that the camera also isn't the best choice for action photography. Battery life is acceptable when using four rechargeable AAs (I recommend Powerex IMEDION AA 2400mAh NiMH Rechargeable Batteries - they last a good long time), which is important since the camera has no optical viewfinder.
All in all, the Polaroid iS2132 - while not a great camera by any means - is capable of producing very good images, but only if the user knows how to get the best out of it via control overrides. It's small, lightish, packs a long range into its decent 21x optical zoom lens, and fits well in the right hand thanks to a good grip, making it fun to use for casual photography where speed isn't critical. It does a nice job on still life setups, food shots and portraits. As long as I know ahead of time what subject matter I might be encountering and how bright the light will be, the Polaroid iS2132 is welcome to tag along. And that red body with a soft sheen really is sexy in late afternoon sunlight...
on September 25, 2014
Got this for Christmas, take it along in the car in case, outstanding starter camera after you you get tired of the 'Point and click" grandma camera's . Tips, Put the camera on a tripod. set up flowers or a vase or something.. aim the camera and as you read what each function or setting does, change it on the camera and write a number.next to the function. by taking a picture of the same thing you can see the results of each setting. A 4 gig mem card will take 1900 HiRes pics so you can do this for hours. Love it....