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Polaroid IS525

Polaroid IS525 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP Jul 2013
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19 Reasons For

Popular Choice

The IS525 is one the fastest selling digital camera currently on sale.

Robust

A few Polaroid IS525 owners agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. In October last year Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Excellent product for underwater water pictures” in their Polaroid IS525 review. Anthony David Mortimer scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned in his Polaroid IS525 review “Took some great underwater shots on my holiday”. In October Joanne Brooks mentioned “Great under water pictures” in her review of the Polaroid IS525.

Good Size

A number of customers who bought it considered that it was compact. Last year Excellent mentioned in their review on Amazon “Perfect small compact exactly what I was wanting” and rated it as excellent. Siobhan Timblin said this month “Upload to Facebook conveniently (my phone is Sony Xperia z3 compact, won't work with iPhone” in her Polaroid IS525 review.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people who bought the Polaroid IS525 agreed that it was able to produce good images. Jean Parker wrote “The couple of times we used it we had fun using it and the photos were quite good for” although he only gave this digital camera a rating of 20 out of 100. Mrs. L. A. F. Cemm wrote on Amazon in October last year “It was a gift the photos taken with it were very good” in their review of this digital camera. This month Siobhan Timblin said “Photos - it's ok in darkish pools”.

Good Quality Lens

Two customers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. In October Siobhan Timblin scored it 80 out of 100 and she mentioned on Amazon “At a distance (with reasonable zoom) it's great quality! Underwater photos again need it to be light enough for picture taking”.

Good Product Quality

A few Polaroid IS525 owners who reviewed it mentioned that it was good quality. This year Amazon Customer mentioned “Does exactly what it says, good quality”. Amazon Customer also mentioned “Out of water and good quality pics”. Mr Ian Kelly mentioned in his review of the Polaroid IS525 in October “Phone pictures are much better quality!” .

Good Battery Life

One Polaroid IS525 owner mentioned that it had a good battery life. In October Siobhan Timblin scored the Polaroid IS525 4 stars and she said on Amazon “The battery life goes fairly quickly” in her review of this digital camera.

Good Flash

One Polaroid IS525 owner who bought the Polaroid IS525 thought it had a good flash. Siobhan Timblin scored this digital camera 4 stars and she said on Amazon “Same goes for flash, great flash”.

Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

Unlike most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not support video recording, the Polaroid IS525 supports video recording.

We compared all the other cameras which support video recording to this digital camera and we think the Rollei Sportsline 60 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Polaroid IS525 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the IS525.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Polaroid IS525 has a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the IS525 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Rollei Sportsline 60 is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Polaroid IS525 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also are waterproof.

We compared all the other waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Rollei Sportsline 60 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The Polaroid IS525 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Polaroid digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Polaroid IS525 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effect is Black&White, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects black&white,sepia,vivid,Normal,Negative are also found on this Polaroid digital camera.

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Very Light

The Polaroid IS525 is one of the lighter digital cameras of this age and type (only 121 grams) amongst cameras of this age. Waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IS525 have weights of between 36g and 1.4kg.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Rollei Sportsline 60 (98g and higher rated).

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Very Short Start-Up Time

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the start-up times range from 1ms to 2,000ms, and the average start-up time is 880ms. The Polaroid IS525 has a quite short start-up time (only 2 milliseconds) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the IS525.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Cameras of a similar spec and age to the IS525 have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99. With a minimum ISO speed of only 50, the Polaroid IS525's minimum ISO speed is one of the smallest amongst similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the IS525.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The Polaroid IS525 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths (only 4.8 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age. The shortest minimum focal length of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm.

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Narrow

The average width of digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago is 110mm. At only 63 millimeters, the Polaroid IS525 is very narrow compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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16 Reasons Against

Owner Reviews Are Average

Owners have rated this camera on average 68 out of 100.

Polaroid Only Has Unexceptional Reviews for Its Cameras

Polaroid has unexceptional average ratings for its waterproof cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other manufacturers.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Polaroid IS525 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the IS525 do support Full HD video.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Polaroid IS525 does not have a GPS. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also do not have a GPS.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Polaroid IS525 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of this spec and age are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Polaroid IS525 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the IS525 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Low Maximum Waterproof Depth

When compared to other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IS525, the Polaroid IS525's maximum waterproof depth of only 3 meters is one of the lowest. Waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the IS525 have maximum waterproof depths of between 3m and 60m, and the average maximum waterproof depth is 11m.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3m waterproof cameras currently available including the Rollei Sportsline 60 which has better reviews.

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Quite Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 200, the Polaroid IS525 has one of the lowest maximum ISO speeds amongst cameras of this age. The maximum ISO speeds of cameras of this age and type range from 200 to 52,000.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the IS525 that we have assessed the maximum focal length of, the Polaroid IS525's maximum focal length of only 4.8 millimeters is one of the shortest. The average maximum focal length of comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the IS525 is 120mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 4.7mm to 270mm.

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Only 120 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge, including the Polaroid IS525 which takes 120 shots per battery charge.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

The maximum apertures of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IS525 range from 2.7 to 38. The Polaroid IS525 has one of the biggest maximum apertures (only 2.8) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 3 seconds, the Polaroid IS525 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IS525. Waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IS525 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 0.03s and 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 9.1s.

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Only Five Flash Guides

Most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IS525 have between 5 and 11 flash guides, including the Polaroid IS525 which has five flash guides.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The Polaroid IS525 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. That's 85% less video resolution than the most common maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is actually the worst video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and type.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Only Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Autofocus focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The smallest closest focusing distance of waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the IS525 is 0.01m, the largest is 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.15m. The Polaroid IS525 has one of the larger closest focusing distances (0.25 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Polaroid IS525

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this digital camera was released.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an sdhc memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Polaroid IS525 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 16 megapixels, the Polaroid IS525 has a pretty standard megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the IS525.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Guide
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Start-Up Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery
Shot Per Battery Charge
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Dimension
Focal Length
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100)
USB Cable
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Display Diagonal
Battery Life
Audio Recording Format
Auto Focus

User Reviews

(23)
Reviewed 13 August 2016 by MINTY
(Verified Purchase)

Very poor picture quality.

Reviewed 19 June 2016 by Janet Evans
(Verified Purchase)

None...

Reviewed 17 May 2016 by MR IAN KELLY
(Verified Purchase)

Sent back due to poor quality. Phone pictures are much better quality!

Reviewed 17 April 2016 by MR M J GALLAGHER
(Verified Purchase)

Bought to use whilst snorkeling in the Caribbean, did the job perfectly.

Reviewed 15 April 2016 by Newforestal
(Verified Purchase)

Although this camera works fine in normal mode, it's zoomed pictures are useless. There is nothing in the description to say it is a digital zoom which would have explained the poor zoom... Read more…

Reviewed 17 March 2016 by Siobhan Timblin
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this camera with center parcs in mind, not yet been on holiday but tested it in a swimming pool. Took me a while to figure out how to open the battery compartment (hold switch down and... Read more…

Reviewed 9 March 2016 by Keith harper
(Verified Purchase)

As expected...

(Verified Purchase)

Great under water pictures but batteries last about three pictures! Not too impressed by this product. Wish had tested it before my daughters Thailand trip!

Reviewed 16 January 2016 by Karla Appleton
(Verified Purchase)

The camera takes a micro SD card not the SD card as described. Very annoying that it is incorrectly described...

Reviewed 11 January 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Nice camera thanks very much...

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