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Polaroid i1437

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Brand: Polaroid / Type: Digital Camera / Resolution: 14 MP / Optical Zoom: 3x / Memory: SD / Video: HD

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      24.03.2011 21:05
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      Probably the best camera in this price bracket

      The i1437 was a last minute buy for a trip to New York, and both the brand name and impressive specs drew me towards it over similarly priced cameras. Taking it out of the box for the first time was slightly disappointing - from the pictures it had looked very solid, but in the flesh it feels slightly cheap. The plastic makes a nasty hollow sound when tapped and picks up fingerprints easily, but aside from that the main body of the camera has been put together quite well and seems sturdy enough. The LCD screen is nice and big enough to easily line up your shots. The micro USB port, however, has a horrible piece of rubber covering it that refuses to stay in place and actually blocks the included cable from properly connecting, requiring a fair amount of fiddling to stay in place.

      The pictures it takes are perfectly fine, what you'd expect from a modern camera. 14MP is pretty impressive, especially for the price, and they don't take up a ridiculous amount of space - I got around 1000 snaps on a 4GB SD card (Which I had to buy separately). The steadying function is nice, especially since I was taking lots of pictures out the windows of moving vehicles. The video capture is decent (Although hard to find): it shoots 640x480 unless you have a Class 6 SDHC card, in which case it shoots 720p. However, the main problem with this camera is shooting at night; it just can't seem to handle it. The flash is poor and takes forever to work - and don't even think about trying to take without, even if the screen shows it as being bright enough. The camera also eats through the batteries - I was using ~4 AAs a day. When the power is at around 1/3, the main Power button stops working and I had to use the Playback button to switch the camera on. I'm not sure if this was a hardware defect or a poor design choice, but either way it's not good.

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