Polaroid Cube HD

7.5/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD
  • Polaroid Cube HD

Specs / Features


World's Funnest, Cutest Lifestyle Action Camera in Tiny Cubic Package. Not Wi-Fi compatible. | 6MP CMOS Sensor for Crisp Images; Selectable 720p or 1080p Video Rate | 124-Degree Wide-Angle Lens Effortlessly Captures Big, Vibrant Scenes | Built-In Rechargeable Battery Records 90 Continuous Minutes Per Charge | Mounts Magnetically or w/Clip for a World of Exciting Action Applications

World's Funnest, Cutest Lifestyle Action Camera in Tiny Cubic Package. Not Wi-Fi compatible. | 6MP CMOS Sensor for Crisp Images; Selectable 720p or 1080p Video Rate | 124-Degree Wide-Angle Lens Effortlessly Captures Big, Vibrant Scenes | Built-In Rechargeable Battery Records 90 Continuous Minutes Per Charge | Mounts Magnetically or w/Clip for a World of Exciting Action Applications

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Specification

Brand Polaroid
Model POLC3BK
Size 3 x 3 cm (1.2 x 1.2 in)

Reviews summary

7.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Super lightweight and small; easy to pack
  • Has a magnetic bottom for mounting
  • Weatherproof and splashproof
  • Really, really cute

What's bad  

  • SD card not included
  • Photo and video quality is just okay
  • No screen (which means no Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or battery indicator)

Polaroid has had its fair share of successes and failures over the years, but somehow they've always managed to claw their way back. Perhaps they can do it again in 2016 starting with the smallest action camera available: the Polaroid Cube HD.

So, how small are we talking about? And more importantly, is it worth its price? We went through reviews to come up with a final verdict. Here’s what we found:

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Reviewers all seem to agree that the miniature camera (we’re talking 1.4 inches / 3.5cm on all sides) is a great introductory action cam since there is no hassle in bringing it everywhere. What Wearable Tech explains how nice it is to “finally have a camera you can literally throw in your pocket, in your backpack or in your purse to accompany you regardless of where you’re headed.”

The Cube only has a single button in it, which proved to be a divisive factor to its users. A customer reviewer from Amazon noted that the single button “is a bit quirky,” while another reviewer said the single button feature made the camera “very easy to use.” What Wearable Tech wonderfully summarizes the dilemma: “the cube’s one button functionality can seem like a gift and a curse at the same time. This is because there is only one button that performs multiple functions so you need to know how to use that button properly.”

But beyond the single button feature, there are other things you’d have to give up in exchange for the cuteness and portability of the Cube. For one, top quality output cannot be expected. Modysnergy has this to say about the quality of photos taken with the Cube: “They are okay photos but nothing to get excited about.”

In terms of video quality, reviewers truly appreciated the Cube’s ability to make 1080P videos. An Amazon reviewer noted that the “sound and video recording are superb.” So all in all, reviewers all seem to agree that the Cube makes better videos than still photos.

What about the downsides? There are a few things of note. For one, the portable Cube does not allow connections via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can only be connected to via a USB cable that is too short for some users’ comfort. An Amazon reviewer describes it as an “impossibly short cable.”

Also, the Cube package does not include a free SD card nor any mounting devices (save for the built-in magnetic bottom of the camera). This means the camera will cost most people more than the $99 price to get up and running.

So is it a good buy? For someone who wants a always with you action camera...probably. Reviewers seem to agree the Polaroid Cube HD offers a lot for a very reasonable price.

Reviews (7.5/10 Avg. rating)


ModSynergy

Excitingly simple and lovable HD action camera

from ModSynergy

Despite all the negatives I've talked about, and it seems like there are a lot, I still really enjoy the Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera. I love it so much that I can brush aside the negatives. I love the small miniature size because it allows me to not worry and hesitate in bringing the CUBE with me anywhere I go. I love the strong magnetic bottom because the possibilities are endless on where you can stick it to and there's always a way. The CUBE is strong and has survived multiple drops on the ground, it's just a fun little HD action camera. It has fairly good video quality despite record... Full review

Appalachian Trials

Nice analog feel

from Appalachian Trials
If you are on a budget, and are looking to capture life to share with friends and family, this is the right camera. In the digital age we have gotten used to instant gratification, but with the Polaroid brand, and without using the add-on app, there is a nice analog feel to the camera... Full review
Camera Magic

Simple to Use, Compact and Lightweight, Affordable

from Camera Magic
If you're on a budget and looking for a great, high-performance action cam capable of recording HD video, this nifty designed Polaroid Cube that will undoubtedly grab your attention... Full review
Gizmag

Simple and affordable

from Gizmag
The major disappointment was the high-resolution video. Though the audio was excellent, the image was halting, broken up, and often froze on replay. However, by setting the Cube to low resolution, the picture quality dramatically improved and the results were quite satisfactory. The video remained stable during action shots and the automatic exposure was fast and effective... Full review
What Wearable Tech

Fun, exciting and effortless experience

from What Wearable Tech

The Polaroid Cube HD Action Camera is by far the smallest action camera yet. Though its size may fool you into thinking it is useless, it actually packs a lot of power. While it only shoots 6 megapixel images and has no LCD screen, it still shoots full 1080p video and its rubberized body makes it splashproof and virtually damage proof! This camera is very easily portable weighing next to nothing, and can be mounted with a range of accessories or simply by its built-in magnet. Sitting at only $99.99, the Polaroid Cube is definitely worth investing in if you want a fun, exciting and effortles... Full review

Re/code

Cute, but No GoPro

from Re/code
Might be fun to have at parties and social gatherings for capturing unique perspectives, but if you’re looking for an action camera and can swing spending a little more money, go for the entry-level GoPro... Full review
PC Magazine

Surprisingly good video for a camera at its price

from PC Magazine
Tiny, cute, simple to use, and produces surprisingly good video. Although it takes still images, they're of relatively low resolution, and the camera doesn't support either time-lapse or burst mode. If you don't need these modes, and can make do with 720p and 1080p video at 30 fps, it's a great choice, and definitely money well spent... Full review
Engadget

Leaves you wanting more

from Engadget
If there's someone in your life who doesn't have a smartphone or another type of compact camera -- a kid, perhaps -- they might enjoy having a Cube to play with. After all, what is this if not a toy?.. Full review
Los Angeles Times

Fit into your go-everywhere lifestyle

from Los Angeles Times
This camera, one of the cheaper POV cameras, is priced well for the hobby photo enthusiast. Most people don’t really need all the fancy, high-tech features of the much more expensive action cameras... Full review
GeekBeat

Simple, functional, and playful

from GeekBeat
Overall this is a cute little camera and a great value. The Polaroid Cube takes decent photos and very nice video. This little marvel packs a ton of video-making fun in a tiny, very inexpensive package... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

792 from Amazon.com

792 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Polaroid Cube HD. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

8/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

69 from Amazon.ca

69 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Polaroid Cube HD. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

8.2/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

75 from Amazon.co.uk

75 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Polaroid Cube HD. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

8.2/10

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