Our Review Of The Polaroid iX5038 18
- 20 megapixel sensor
- 50x optical zoom
- Continuous shooting speed of 30 fps
- 3” rear screen
The small 1/2.3″ sensor has a resolution of 20 megapixel. Higher resolution does tend to capture a lot more detail. You can print big with a 20 megapixel sensor. This is certainly an advantage. However, on the flip side a small sensor cramped with too many pixels means the size of each individual pixel becomes small. That is the perfect recipe for increased noise as the pixels are incapable of collecting enough light for a proper exposure.
With 50x optical zoom this lens requires some sort of image stabilization. Image stabilization is of two basic types. They both use technologies to stabilize a lens for any inadvertent shake. It could be your hands or the wind knocking the camera etc.
The first technology uses tiny elements in the lens barrel that brings the image plane in line with the focal plane by adjusting their positions. Longer the focal length reach of the lens higher the chances of image shake. The other technology moves the actual sensor inside the camera. The Polaroid iX5038 has lens based image stabilization technology that seems to work even at 50x optical zoom.
The rear of the camera is dominated by a 3” LCD screen. There is electronic viewfinder on the camera. Thus, the rear LCD screen assumes critical importance. It is the only window you can use to compose and frame your shots.
There is no viewfinder on the Polaroid iX5038. Neither optical nor electronic. The lack of a viewfinder on the camera makes the 3” LCD screen doubly important.
Nothing much is shared about the ISO sensitivity of the camera.
The Polaroid iX5038 has a built-in pop-up flash. Built-in flash or sometimes also referred to as the pop-up flash isn’t always the first choice when it comes to illuminating your subject. But when used correctly it can add to your images. Pop-up flashes are avoided by pro shooters because they can render images flat. In situations, however, where your subject is poorly lit and increasing the exposure can mean introducing digital noise or image blur, a pop-up flash does appear as a better alternative.
The Polaroid iX5038 is capable of recording only 720p video. This is not the camera that you would be interested in if you love shooting videos and in full high definition. There are plenty of other good systems out there in the market that are capable of shooting at a higher resolution.
At £ 99 the only thing that works in favor of the camera is its price. This camera is not suitable as a tool for great videos. When almost all other cameras and even smartphones shooting full HD videos, there is no excuse for a digital camera to not to. But if you have a small budget and are looking to fine tune your composition skills the Polaroid iX5038 would be a decent camera for that purpose.