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Polaroid IS525 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP 3x Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Robust
Reasonably priced
Average user reviews
23 Reviews

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Design

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 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!” .

Waterproof

The Polaroid IS525 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also are waterproof.

There are a number of other waterproof cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Polaroid IF045 ($44.64) which has better reviews.

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Quite Low Waterproof Up to

With a waterproof up to of only 3 meters, the Polaroid IS525's waterproof up to is one of the lowest amongst cameras of this age and spec. Waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera have waterproof (up to) of between 3m and 60m.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3m waterproof digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Polaroid IF045 ($44.64) is also worth considering.

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Weight & Dimensions

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.

Very Light

With a weight of only 121 grams, the Polaroid IS525 is one of the lighter cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average weight of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera is 230g.

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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 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”.


Power

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.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Polaroid IS525 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Polaroid IS525 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Polaroid IF045 ($44.64) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a USB Connectivity

The Polaroid IS525 has a USB connectivity, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Polaroid IS525 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Polaroid IS525 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this camera also have an image stabilizer.

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Packaging Content

Has a Wrist Strap Included

The Polaroid IS525 has a wrist strap included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has a Hand Strap

The Polaroid IS525 has a hand strap, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Polaroid IS525 supports PictBridge. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also support PictBridge.

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Camera

Very Fast Start-Up Time

The Polaroid IS525 has a quite fast start-up time (only 2 milliseconds) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this camera. The start-up times of waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as this camera range from 2ms to 2,000ms.

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Lens System

Very Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 4.8 millimeters, the Polaroid IS525 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera have minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4.5mm and 35mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

Digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera have optical zooms of between 1x and 7.1x. At only 3 times zoom factor, the Polaroid IS525 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 4mm and 200mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 4.8 millimeters, the Polaroid IS525 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The Polaroid IS525 has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 2.8) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. Across all the digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 19, and the average maximum aperture number is 5.7.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Polaroid IS525 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 5x digital zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Polaroid IF045 ($44.64).

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Reviews

Average User Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 68 out of 100.

OK Brand

We looked at average ratings for each digital camera manufacturer and found that whilst Polaroid has ok reviews across all digital cameras, Polaroid has unexceptional reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras. 100% of those that bought a Polaroid digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Battery

Only 120 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Polaroid IS525 is a camera that takes 120 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Video

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Video Resolution

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

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the worst video resolution across all comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

Across comparable types of digital camera the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Light Exposure

Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Polaroid IS525 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities auto and 50 - 200 are also supported by this Polaroid camera.

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Focusing

Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.15m. At 0.25 meters, the Polaroid IS525 has a quite large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this Polaroid digital camera was released.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers polaroid is525
Barcodes 00019643300842, 00019643300859, 00019643300866, 30681066170428
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