Polaroid PoGo digicam hits the UK|
(Friday, May 1, 2009 - 16:48 EDT)
Four months ago, we first told readers about Polaroid's upcoming Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera, announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
Photographers in the UK will shortly have the opportunity to try it for themselves, with retail sales about to commence. UK retailer Firebox apparently has an initial exclusive on the camera, with stock expected to arrive from about May 12th - and apparently with a new name. For the UK market the name looks to have been changed to the "Polaroid Two", perhaps to avoid confusion with the company's existing PoGo printer.
The Polaroid Two / Pogo Instant Digital Camera is unusual for its inclusion of a built-in Zink inkless photo printer. Based around a five megapixel CMOS image sensor and a fixed focus, fixed focal length lens the camera can create sticky-backed 2" x 3" photo prints in under sixty seconds apiece. The print mechanism accepts the same paper as the inkless Polaroid PoGo instant printer. Images are framed and reviewed on a 3.0" LCD display, and stored on SD / SDHC cards or in a rather stingy 4MB of available built-in memory. Power comes from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery rated as good for just 75 shot or 15 prints per charge. At the current time, the PoGo digital camera isn't widely available on the US market.