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Polaroid IS525

Polaroid IS525 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 16MP Jul 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Waterproof Image Stabilizer Release Date
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17 Reasons For

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 Capability

supports video capability

The Polaroid IS525 supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the IS525 which do not support video capability.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this digital camera and we think the Rollei Sportsline 60[plb_1682733_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Polaroid IS525 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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 on the market for a comparable time to the IS525.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Rollei Sportsline 60[plb_1682733_price], and the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price] is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Polaroid IS525 is waterproof. Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago also are waterproof.

We compared all the other waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the Rollei Sportsline 60[plb_1682733_price], and the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has One White Balance

The Polaroid IS525 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the IS525.

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Has Five Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Polaroid IS525 is more than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on cameras of this age and type. The photo effectss "sepia", "vivid", "Normal" and "Negative" are also found on this Polaroid digital camera.

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Very Light

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the IS525 the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg, and the average weight is 250g. The Polaroid IS525 is quite light (only 121 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the IS525.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Rollei Sportsline 60[plb_1682733_price] (98g) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Start-Up Time

Across all the cameras of this spec and age the start-up times range from 2ms to 2,000ms. With a start-up time of only 2 milliseconds, the Polaroid IS525 has one of the shorter start-up times amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite Small ISO Sensitivity (min)

The ISO sensitivity (min)s of cameras of a similar age and spec to the IS525 range from 50 to 130. With an ISO sensitivity (min) of only 50, the Polaroid IS525 has one of the smallest ISO sensitivity (min)s amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Quite 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 quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the IS525. The shortest minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4.5mm and the longest is 35mm.

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15 Reasons Against

User Reviews Are Average

Based on 46 user reviews this camera has an average user rating of 68 out of 100.

Polaroid Digital Cameras Only Have Unexceptional Reviews

We checked 739 expert and user reviews for Polaroid cameras and found that on average Polaroid has unexceptional ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Polaroid has unexceptional ratings specifically for its waterproof cameras.

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of this type and age do not have a GPS (satellite). The Polaroid IS525 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Polaroid IS525 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support Full HD video.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Polaroid IS525 is not 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Polaroid IS525 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the IS525 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Low Waterproof Up to

At only 3 meters, the Polaroid IS525 has a very low waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the IS525. The average waterproof up to of waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the IS525 is 11m, and the waterproof up tos range from 3m to 60m.

We compared all the other 3m waterproof cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Rollei Sportsline 60[plb_1682733_price], and the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 4.8 millimeters, the Polaroid IS525 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the IS525. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of this age and spec is 4mm and the longest is 270mm.

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Only 120 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most digital cameras that came out more than two years ago take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the Polaroid IS525 which takes 120 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Quite Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

The ISO sensitivity (max)s of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the IS525 range from 200 to 52,000. With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 200, the Polaroid IS525 has a very low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the IS525.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Polaroid IS525 has a very big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Cameras of a comparable age and spec to the IS525 have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.7 and 38.

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Very Short Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

At only 3 seconds, the Polaroid IS525 has a fairly short slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the IS525. The average slowest camera shutter speed of similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the IS525 is 9.7s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.03s to 60s.

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Only Five Flash Guide Numbers

The Polaroid IS525 is a five flash guide number digital camera.

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Only 640 X 480 Pixels Maximum 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.

This camera's video resolution (640 x 480 pixels) is in fact the worst video resolution amongst all comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the IS525.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the best video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.25 meters, the Polaroid IS525 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IS525. The smallest closest focusing distance of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the IS525 is 0.01m, the largest is 0.7m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.16m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Polaroid IS525

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Polaroid released the IS525.

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an sdhc compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar age and spec 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 fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the IS525.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 5x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Polaroid IF045[plb_2235397_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Polaroid IS525 has a relatively typical megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Guide Number
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Start-Up Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Battery Technology
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Hand Strap
Wrist Strap Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
USB Connectivity
Camera Shutter Speed
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100)
USB 2.0 Connectors
USB Cable
Aspect Ratio
Technical Details
Display Diagonal
Battery Life
Audio Recording Formats
Auto Focus
USB Port

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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