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(UPDATED June 25) A detailed look at the Impossible I-1 camera

UPDATE: You can now watch a recording of the Impossible I-1 camera keynote on Vimeo (embedded below). I have also added many interesting details about the camera to this post, including detailed specifications that were just posted on the I-1 website.

Bloomberg Design Conference 2016: Oskar Smolokowski from Impossible on Vimeo.

Sections (roughly): 00:00 to 10:00 (about Impossible and why they made the camera), 10:40 (first look at the camera), 13:30 (flash), 15:00 (app), 17:00 (example photos taken with the I-1), 17:20 to end (live demo).

As you have probably already heard, Impossible unveiled their IP-1 I-1 camera at the Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference on April 11th. I promised you to write a post after the announcement to cover all the details that were unveiled. Here we are, 12 days later, and it’s not like I forgot to write or something. The problem is that there‘s was not much to report until now: Impossible annoyingly chose to postpone any info outside of some basic points of interest until May 10th, when the camera goes on sale. Luckily, the BW keynote video is now public, meaning I was able to add tons of info to the post. Enjoy!

As expected, the camera looks a lot like the ugly child of a Polaroid Land Camera 1000, an Impossible Instant Lab and a rotary phone:

I-1 parody
(images sourced from etsy, photojojo, gporetro, terapeak, fenix/soldiersystems)

Yeah, I was kidding. Not: Continue reading (UPDATED June 25) A detailed look at the Impossible I-1 camera

Analyzing the upcoming Impossible instant camera

As you know, I have a passion for instant photography and the cameras connected to it. I have personally tried nearly every format of Polaroid films that has existed (except the pocket, 500 and 80-type films) and played with cameras from most formats. Impossible has been teasing their upcoming instant camera on Twitter for a few days:

Also, ICYMI, Impossible now has a new website, located at impossible-project.com. This is what it looks like: big teaser image of i-type camera That’s right, the first thing you’ll see on their website is a giant teaser for their camera that is “coming soon…”. Coming tomorrow actually, so it’s about time to get excited and get the rumor-mill going! Continue reading Analyzing the upcoming Impossible instant camera

My Camera

Overview

For Christmas, I got a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V Digital Camera. It features a great 20 MP sensor with good low-light performance, 30x optical zoom, 1080p AVCHD video recording with stereo sound and many fancy capture modes and manually adjustable settings.
In addition, it is capable of Wi-Fi photo transfers and features automatic GPS geotagging.

A First Look

The camera, turned on. One can see the zoom lens.
The Sony DSC-HX50V after unboxing.

What’s in the box?

Next to the device itself, there is a *huge* manual in way too many languages, a USB cable and charging adapter, a wristband and the rechargeable battery. Nothing ground-breaking. Note that there is no SD Card included (!).

The Device

Holding it in my hands for the very first time was a great experience.
It feels to extraordinary good, I almost forgot it is plastic. Every detail, from the adjusting wheels over buttons to just the housing – all of it feels very high-grade and valuable.

First Snaps

That doesn’t stop at performance: the camera starts up relatively quickly and takes amazing images at up to 20 megapixels. Colors appear vivid on the 3″ high-resolution display and navigating through the menus is very comfortable and easy thanks to nice UI design and a lot of on-screen help texts. The so-called “In-Camera Guide” is nicely designed, too. No need for that chunk of a manual 😉 .
The few videos I recorded are of very high quality and rival the framerate of professional camcorders. However the “movie” button, which triggers video recording from anywhere, is poorly positioned. I found myself accidentally recording minutes of video after holding it wrong (not kidding, the button is where one would naturally place one’s thumb).

Wi-Fi picture transfer is very simple, I was able to copy photos to my iPhone from scratch in a matter of minutes using the PlayMemories Mobile app. Remote controlling the camera is fun, too.

Resumé

The Sony DSC-HX50V is a solid digital camera that satisfies all your needs in photography at this price level.
If you’re looking for a nice companion to your DSLR or a nice and easy-to-use beginners camera that still has lots of manual options, this model is what you’re looking for.

Links

Official Sony Product Page (Germany)
Official Sony Product Page (UK)
Amazon Offer (Germany)

Amazon Offer (UK)