Polaroid x530 reaches photographers|
(Saturday, October 30, 2004 - 14:53 EDT)
News from a variety of British digital camera sites suggests that the Polaroid x530 digital camera has finally gone on sale in that country.
Actually manufactured manufactured by Hong Kong-based World Wide Licenses Ltd. and sold under the Polaroid brandname as part of an agreement formed during Polaroid's bankruptcy in 2002, the x530 is the first consumer point-and-shoot camera to feature a Foveon CMOS image sensor that measures all colors at every pixel location.
The camera was announced in February 2004, and originally planned to ship in June - but until now has remained unavailable anywhere. A 1.5 megapixel camera with 4.5 million photosensors (three for each pixel), the camera also features a Ricoh 3x optical zoom lens, SD storage, and (a first for a Foveon camera) the ability to opt for JPEG files out of the camera if you don't need the advantages of a RAW file...
British street pricing is apparently approximately £300, currently equivalent to US$550 (ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties).