Another contender in the low-priced digital camera arena is the small, lightweight, 5 megapixel Polaroid i531. Praised for its image quality and wide LCD, this digital camera is wonderful for beginners. Children might find the thin, lightweight body too frail for their use. But for adults who want a simple camera for daily photography, the Polaroid i531 delivers.
The Polaroid i531 has a 3x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom, and CCD image sensor. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and a minimum aperture of f/5.6. The camera's focal length ranges from 6.2mm to 18.6mm. Pictures are taken in JPEG format.
Like other cameras in its price range, the Polaroid i531 has a collection of settings, both automatic and programmed. Some settings work best for outdoor action shots, while others make the most of low light situations. The camera is praised for being easy to use with intuitive buttons and settings that are easy to figure out.
Other features include ISO equivalencies of 100, 400, 200, auto, and 50. The camera comes with 16MB of internal flash memory. A good-sized LCD screen (at 2.4 inches) makes image previewing a breeze. Users can also capture motion video with this camera.
For connectivity, the Polaroid i531 comes with a USB cable. It also comes with a wrist strap to keep the camera secure – a necessity, since many users have described the Polaroid i531 as easily breakable.
A real stand-out feature of the Polaroid i531 is the camera's self-timer. These are fairly rare among the lower priced digital cameras. Users who want to take pictures of themselves can set the timer for 2 seconds or 10 seconds, pose, and enjoy. Digital camera users have long searched for low-priced cameras with timers included. This feature sets the Polaroid i531 apart from its competition.
What do users think about the Polaroid i531? They laud its user-friendly setup and picture quality. However, many do point out that this camera is rather flimsy. With dimensions of 2.4 in x 3.5 in x 0.9 in (HxWxD) and a weight of 4.9 ounces, this is not a camera you want to subject to rough treatment. Some users complain that they have had to replace the camera after only a couple of days because of physical breakage.
To summarize, the Polaroid i531 is an easy to use, low cost digital camera with a generous LCD and good picture quality. It also comes with a self timer for users who want to take photographs of themselves. But the camera is also easy to break, so should be handled with care. This digital camera would be a good choice for beginners, but not necessarily for children due to its fragility.
The Polaroid i531 retails for about $70 US and can be found wherever digital cameras are sold.