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Polaroid Cube + Review - Performance

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Polaroid Cube+ Performance

The stills capability of the Polaroid Cube+ is actually 4 megapixels interpolated into 8 megapixels. The lens is quite wide and is obviously geared up for action videos so there is quite a lot of distortion in images, especially around the edges of the frame. 

Polaroid Cube+ Sample Photos

 

There is no way to manually change the ISO but Polaroid say the camera automatically adjusts to low light situations and we were able to capture some usable images in relatively dull indoor situations. 

Images had rich colours but there was a fair bit of purple fringing visible where there were areas of high contrast. The camera performed well for wide vista landscapes and worked really well in a group portrait situation as I was able to stick the camera to a metal railing and automatically trigger the shutter with my phone. 

Portrait / indoor selfie wise, in close-up situations the camera wasn't very flattering and introduced a lot of redness to skin tones however did produce an otherwise well-exposed image considering the low lighting. For the outdoor selfie the camera seemed to underexpose the image whilst the sky was blown out. 

 

The camera has a built-in microphone and has 2 different shooting modes, HD and slow motion. The slow motion mode is really cool and will work well for action sports images. 

The above video is an example of the slow motion performance of the camera. There are more videos on the ePHOTOzine youtube channel, showing HD video performance. Audio quality is mediocre and the camera seems to pick up a lot of wind and unwanted background noise, almost white noise. Polaroid supposedly released a fix for poor audio quality on the Cube+, but sound still doesn't seem amazing. 

Image quality is good, especially for the slow motion video, a mode which will be great for capturing fast moving stunts and action with the camera.

The above video tests how the camera performed in bright sunlight. There is some flare and the sky looks a little purple when the camera is focusing on the ground, but it seemed to cope well, adapting well to the changing light conditions as the camera was moved around. 

 


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