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Polaroid Cube HD 1080p Lifestyle Action Video Camera (Black) [Discontinued by Manufacturer]
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- World's Funnest, Cutest Lifestyle Action Camera in Tiny Cubic Package. Not Wi-Fi compatible.
- 6MP CMOS Sensor for Crisp Images; Selectable 720p or 1080p Video Rate
- 124-Degree Wide-Angle Lens Effortlessly Captures Big, Vibrant Scenes
- Built-In Rechargeable Battery Records 90 Continuous Minutes Per Charge
- Mounts Magnetically or w/Clip for a World of Exciting Action Applications
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Introducing the Polaroid Cube lifestyle action camera - weatherproof, shockproof, mountable and built to handle everything you can imagine. Packed with fun including 1080p HD video, 6MP CMOS sensor, 124° wide angle lens, and built in battery that records up to 90 minutes.
- Sensor: 3MP CMOS Sensor
- Lens: 124º wide angle lens (F 2.0, f=3.4mm)
- Video capture resolution: 1920 x 1080; 1280x720 (30FPS)
- Recording format: H.264
- Still image resolution: 6 megapixels; JPEG still image
- Weather proof and water resistant
- External memory: support Mirco SD card, up to 32GB
- Microphone: included
- Output: Micro USB 2.0
- Battery & power: lithium battery, 90 Min
The Polaroid Cube - Black
Huge, out-of-the-box fun. In little more than 1 cubic inch. - Standing at just 35mm, the Polaroid CUBE is here to prove that the best things do indeed come in small packages. This tiny action camera supports Micro SD cards up to 32 GB, and is ready to capture your most exciting moments in full HD video or highresolution images. So if you’re living a life that’s fit for film, make the CUBE your constant companion. It is weatherproof and shockproof, and more than capable of handling anything you throw at it. But not only does it look after itself, it looks after you: With a 124° wide-angle lens, it sees the big picture and bears witness to your most outrageous shtick.
Packs a mounting magnet; sticks to any metal surface. - The fun rarely sits around waiting… That’s why the Polaroid CUBE features a neatly integrated magnet in the bottom of its housing. Simply pop the camera onto your helmet, skateboard, bicycle handlebar, golf club, or any other metal surface, and it’ll stick with you through thick and thin. There’s no need to fiddle with bands, straps or other makeshift apparatuses. What’s more, the camera’s shockproof design helps to capture stable video even when you give it a run for its money, and its weatherproof sealing makes it perfect for wake boarding, water skiing or just chillin’ by the pool.
With 8 custom accessories, there’s never a dull moment. - From protective to proactive, the Polaroid CUBE accessories lineup punches up the fun to even greater heights. The Bumper Case makes for fashionable wearing around the neck or clipped on a belt loop, backpack, keychain, etc.; the Helmet Mount attaches to virtually any helmet with 3M stickers; the novel Monkey Mount makes creative use of the camera’s magnet; the Waterproof Case is also shockproof and connects to all CUBE mounts; the Suction Cup Mount can be used with the universal camera clip to mount to any flat, smooth surface; the Bike Mount secures the camera to bike handlebars with a clip-on attachment; the Tripod Mount features a universal metal insert to fit all standard tripods; and the 1 inch Strap Mount fastens the camera onto virtually anything.
- Note: Video is recorded in .mov format therefore it needs to be played in a player that can play MOV files such as Apple Quick Time and VLC player that can be downloaded for free from their websites.
- While this product is weatherproof / splashproof, it cannot be submerged into water without the waterproof enclosure (sold separately)
Stick or Stack
With a magnet on the bottom, the Polaroid Cube is designed to stick with you. Pop one on your helmet, skateboard or any metal surface and roll with the fun.
Go Ahead, Make a Splash
The new Polaroid Cube lifestyle action camera is weatherproof, making it perfect for wake boarding, water skiing or just chillin’ by the pool.
124° of Awesome
It’s wide angle lens provides 124° of coverage so you can get the big shot.
Say hello to more adventures.
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|Item Weight||0.1 pounds|
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Records HD 1080p/720p video 124 viewing angle LED Indicator Built in high capacity battery, records up to 90 minutes Professional 6MP Still Photos Weatherproof/splash proof Microphone
Top customer reviews
The high quality 6 MP camera takes excellent 720 P and 1080 P video. There is a switch under the water resistant cover that allows you to switch between the two video quality modes. Under the lens on the front of the camera there is a microphone to record what is going on. The sound and video recording are superb. Unfortunately when I converted to video to post it on Amazon I could not keep the audio in the recorded video.
The color camera records in a 124 degree beam angle for a wide view of what is going on. That is ideal when you are trying to record a larger group that you are with. With the very small size and weight this camera would also be an ideal camera for a small flying drone.
On the base of the camera is a strong magnetic mount for attaching the camera to a car, or anything magnetic. We attached it to the top of the roof of our car and while driving at 35 miles an hour it didn't even budge. There is a multifunction button on the top of the camera and if you press it for 3 seconds the LED will turn green and the unit is on. A single press takes a photo and a double press starts the video recording. When you are recording a video a single press of the button stops the recording.
Based on my calculations and usage you could record over 200 minutes of video on a 32 GIG Micro SD card. You could also get about 28,000 photographs onto the 32 GIG SD card. The movies were recorded in .mov format and the photos were recorded in .JPG format. I was not able to transfer the videos onto my iPad to make the video and I tried multiple methods. I finally got the video transferred but I lost the audio recording of the camera. I can assure you that the audio portion played on my computer very well.
On the back of the camera you will find a water resistant cover that you can remove with a coin. That is nice if you are out and don't have any tools with you. Under the cover you will find the slot for the Micro SD card and it will take up to a 32 GIG card and I strongly recommend a Class 10 speed. I used a Sandisk card and they are high quality and inexpensive. Under the card slot you will find the video quality switch and under that you will find the Micro USB port for charging the camera or you can also use it to connect the camera to your computer.
If you plug the camera into your computer you will see a piece of software called PolaroidCube and that allows you to make some adjustments to the cameras settings. A folder called DCIM contains your recorded videos and photos. You will also find a WinRAR Zip file that is the same program for Apple Operating systems. Opening the software allows you to set the light frequency, turn on the time stamp, turn on cycle recording, you can set the date and time or sync it with your computer and you can set the camera buzzer volume and save your settings.
You can charge the camera using your computer's USB port or use an USB AC wall power source or USB car charger that outputs 5 VDC. Fully charged it will record for 90 minutes of time. The unit has a low battery alarm that goes off when the battery is below 10%. If you will be away from power a lot you could also use a portable lithium USB battery pack to recharge the unit.
Releases are coming for multiple types of mounting hardware and the unit is light enough to mount to a helmet, flying drone, car, bicycle handlebars or whatever you can think of. This is a nice product and it makes great quality videos and I recommend it. I rated it at 5 stars.
I was supplied a sample for test and evaluation. A review was not promised to the supplier in exchange for the sample but I stated that if I provided a review that it would be fair and honest.
I ordered the Cube in red, a bicycle mount (for my scooter) and a bumper case. At the time of purchase, this camera was $100. I will not comment on the accessories here, but will quickly add that the bumper case is really redundant in terms of protection.
The packaging is cute, no doubt. It's a very small camera - 35mm x 35mm (get it - 35mm?). It feels good in your hand - it has a kind of rubbery coating on the camera. The fit and finish are quite nice, too. I thought it might look kinda cheap, but it doesn't. It looks really solid and well-made. The instructions are also tiny and small. It's really simple to use: hold for three seconds to turn off/on. Press twice to record video. Press once to take a picture. There are beeps and an LED to give you feedback so you know what's going on. The LED is small and can be harder to see it broad daylight. The LED is capable of displaying three indicator colors: orange (charging), green (on) and red (recording). The beeps are loud enough and the beep volume can be adjusted with the Polaroid software that comes included on the Cube. That being said, the software/application is really limited. In fact, there's not much to it. It application shows up on the camera when you plug it in, or on the microSD card when you load it on your computer. The software just allows you to adjust light frequency, time stamp, cycle recording, date and time, and camera buzzer volume (the beeping noise it makes to let you know what it's doing).
You can be up and recording video in a matter of seconds as soon as you take it out of its packaging. The back of the camera has a little cover that you twist open with your fingernail/coin. Under the cover are the microSD slot, USB slot and video resolution adjustment.
Once done recording your videos/taking pictures, you can then access the content by taking the microSD card and putting it in your computer (in my case, I had to put the microSD card in an SDcard adapter and put THAT in my computer) or plugging the Cube into your computer via the impossibly short included cable. The easier option is to plug in the cube via the charger cable.
I was initially disappointed that, when viewing my videos, they had no sound. Being impatient and upset, I quickly emailed Polaroid support. While I waited, I Googled the issue and couldn't find anything since the Cube is so new. I then came across an article about another Polaroid cam noting that you needed to use QuickTime to watch the videos. When I was watching the video in Windows Media Player, there was no sound. I downloaded QuickTime and sure enough, SOUND. So, keep that in mind if you're watching the videos in Windows Media Player.
I think the main question one might ask is "Why would I use this instead of my smartphone?" Good question. My response would be this: it's smaller and lighter, mounting options are cheap and plentiful. If you bust it, you're out $100, not the $600 your smartphone would cost to replace it. And frankly, it's just easy to handle or magnet to something and start recording. You're NOT going to make iMovies with this thing, but that's not its intent. It's really fun to use, and I have to admit, I didn't mind not having the "instant gratification" of watching the video right after I recorded it.
So, how *is* the video quality? It's decent. Quite good, actually. I have little to compare it to since I don't do a lot of video recording, though I do own an iPhone which takes very good video. Obviously, quality will not be great in low light. But, for my needs, it's perfect. This won't be a perfect fit for hardcore GoPro types, but for casual users like myself, it's awesome. It's simple, no frills and fun to use - I really like it. So, for all it claims to be, keeping in mind its price point and specs, it's great. The price is right and I love my Cube!
* Super portable, easy to hold/carry and take video.
* Good fit and finish - for the price, it feels like a quality item.
* Easy to use - one button to power on/off, take videos and take a picture
* Lightweight and tiny
* It's really cute. I know that seems like a weird 'pro', but it's so adorable.
* Video quality is good enough for my needs (may not be for yours) - keep in mind the price point.
* The magnet! The Cube has a built-in magnet that makes sticking the camera to metal super easy. This may be my favorite feature.
* The microSD (slot) is super tiny and large hands may struggle getting this card in and out (just access the Cube's content via the charging cable tho and you should be good)
* I've never seen a shorter USB charging cable in my life!
* The back cover is a little awkward to open/close.
* Software is lacking. No editing capabilities.
* No ability to "pause" mid-video and resume.
* No viewing screen (which is not surprising on a camera this small in this price range).
* An included microSD card would have been nice...
So why the heck would I want a Polaroid Cube? First of all, I am a sucker for the Polaroid name and want to support them. However, as I had a ton of equipment already, I never purchased a Cube....until recently. With the new models of the Cube out, I saw the original model around $50 to $60. I decided to pick up the Cube along with some body and hear mounts for future usage. But it was a friend who showed me a magnetic tripod mount that I loved ($25). I plugged the Cube (plus tripod connector) into the magnetic tripod mount and had a new perspective on some basketball stuff I was shooting.
I'm surprised that I've used the Cube as much as I have. It's small and portable and I can carry around to shoot stuff whenever I need to. The other stuff I have are pretty big and tough to carry around.
If there's a downside to this edition of the cube:
1. The covering requires a coin to pop open and it separates from the Cube. I accidentally left the cover at my house just today.
2. Battery life is short (at about 1 hour and 30 minutes or so).
3. No screen to make sure you see how your shots are. The newer models have wifi and an associated app.
All that being said, The Cube has a place for those who want to shoot action activities. The GoPro Hero Session (which looks like the Cube) is a tad more expensive. The original Cube is a worth investment for videoing activities. Keep your expectations tempered as it's not perfect. But it works for what I want to do!