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.
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‘swas 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 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:
Yep. I bought an original Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera (with Sonar AutoFocus)!
I’m actually on holiday in the UK atm (’till Saturday) and of course I took my SX-70 (and the 660 AF). The results have been impressive! As I can’t scan the images here, you’ll have to wait until at least next week to see them, tho 😉. Sorry!
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
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 (!).
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.
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.
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.