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Sample Photos with my Polaroid a801

Before i take this awful camera back to the store i wanted to share some pictures. Please comment on them. Let me know if these are as bad as i think they are.

They were taken with the default settings.

Resolution 640x480
Compression Superfine
Sharpness Normal

These are all of my cat in the bathroom sink lol.
This room has decent lighting but not real bright. I tried my best to hold my hands as still as possible during the shots with no flash but it's difficult. Also when taking pictures without flash if you don't hold the camera as still as humanly possible they turn out blurry almost everytime.

The first 2 are with flash

Without Flash

These are zoomed to 2x
With Flash

Zoomed to 2x
Without Flash

These next ones are of my bookcase. This room is not as well lit and in poorly lit rooms when shooting without flash there is a delay of about 3 seconds from the time i click the button and when it actually takes the picture

With Flash

Without Flash

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Polaroid a801

In reply to: Sample Photos with my Polaroid a801

Thanks for posting the photos.
They tell a story.
All digital photos contain EXIF information that gives a lot of detail of the camera settings when the photo was taken.

All of the flash photos are pretty good but soft (not sharp).
The cat's eyes show the equivalent of human red-eye.
However, almost impossible to correct with software.

Apparently your camera does not have optical zoom.
Very unusual since all well know camera makers have at least 3X optical zoom on even their least expensive cameras.
Using digital zoom will degrade any photo.
You should not use digital zoom.

All of the photos with flash show a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, aperture setting of f/2.8 and ISO 100.
That is pretty standard for flash shots.

Without flash, you shutter speed drops to 1/6th, 1/7th or 1/2 second.
Slow shutter speeds are to be expected when shooting without flash.
The problem is near impossible to hold a camera steady at those slow speeds, unless you use a tripod.
Therefore you get blurred photos.

But there is a problem.
Under those conditions the camera should have raised the ISO settings to ISO-200 or ISO-400 so that shutter speed could be set a little higher.
But it did not....the highest it ever raised the ISO was to ISO-115.

Which brings up several possibilities, and none of them are good.

1. the camera is defective.
2. the camera is poorly designed
3. the camera has inefficient firmware


I suspect that you have a camera designed and made in China.
If that is so....the most likely possibilities are numbers 2 and 3.

If you can.....return the camera and get your money back.

You will be better of to stay with the well know brands of cameras.
(Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony)


A few words about low light and non-flash photos.

Most people expect too much from any camera for those conditions.
That is why all digital cameras have flash.
Use the flash under low light conditions.
If you don't use flash, you are very likely to get blurred photos due to camera motion, and/or the photos will have "noise".
But using a tripod will produce good low light shots without flash.

A digital camera that will perform well (hand held) in low light is expensive.
They start at about $700.


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These, for the most part, are pretty good considering that

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it has a resolution of 640x480. That's the resolution of a std definition TV screen, so you should not expect to look too closely at the image.

Taken as a whole, the image looks pretty decent. I saw one image, without flash, where the camera clearly moved while the shutter was open. I'm guessing this is a very inexpensive camera. It is probably doing as well as could be expected for its price and specifications.

There may, as Snapshot has indicated, be better cameras, but it doesn't look too bad to me.

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Polaroid A801

In reply to: These, for the most part, are pretty good considering that

If we were talking about a $40 camera I would agree with you.

This camera sells for over $80.

It has an 8 megapixel CMOS sensor.

But strangely, it has no optical zoom and there is no mention of the ISO rating in the specifications.
The word (acronym) ISO is not even mentioned in the User's Manual.

The A801 is a $40 camera selling for $80.

rgw825 should seek a refund for this camera.


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Yes, it does say 8 megapixel, but the shooter is saying

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the photos are shot at 640x480. I saw the 640x480 and missed the 8 megapixel. It looks like the camera is capable of MUCH better pictures than those being shown.

I'm sure there are better cameras for $80.

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I have this camera as well.

In reply to: Sample Photos with my Polaroid a801

I received it as a Christmas present from my father and would have returned it otherwise.

Unlike rgw825, I've been taking pictures with a resolution of 3264 x 2448, and my pictures are equally...crappy.

All of my images end up grainy or blurred, even in good lighting.

It's a badly made, over priced camera.

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