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Monday
Oct062014

The Polaroid Cube Review

The Polaroid Cube is a fun little camera but you'll probably need to pick up optional accessories to make it into a functional action camera. If only the quirky and attention grabbing magnet base was a less wacky but infinitely more flexible tripod screw mount it would be much more handy straight out of the box. You can see my full video review below.
 
 
After uploading the video I realised that I hadn't mentioned the size and weight, so it's a 3.5cm (1.38") cube that weighs 47g (1.65oz) 
 
DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded the same samples to two locations. You can download them from pCloud Do not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
 
There are links below if you want to buy the Polaroid Cube on Amazon.
 
 
 
Want to know more about the Mobius camera featured in the video?  Click Here to see the review.

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Reader Comments (29)

Magnets, how do they work?

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

re: Polaroid Cube.
Can this be charged using the cigarette lighter socket in a car (USB powered port )?
and if yes, can I leave it plugged in while recording without frying the Cube?
Thanx

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

Hi Mat,

I love the video review of this one, I agree with all your comments...

I'll add to following points / observations :-

1) I would have loved the option to come in black colour as well as the bright blue.
2) I love it's design and simplicity
3) A bit lacking in the settings area of the camera, when you compare it with the much cheaper Mobius camera
4) Price is a bit high for this kind of cam I think
5) Really love the auto orientation part of the cam (strange they don't mention it in the instructions?)

Great stuff as always!

Thanks for listening.

Daz

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Mat, I've just realised it does come in Black too! But with the bright stripes too...

Daz

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Spencer - USB is 5V whether it's in a car a plane or a boat....so yes if you plug this into USB it will charge it.

See http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/7/19/batteries-cables-and-confusion.html

for more info about this subject. Also you can see me talking about recording and charging at the same time at 15:30 in the Cube review.

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Mark - Glad you got the reference.

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Right, where do I begin? Well, 'as always', an excellent review. I was really looking forward to this camera. But, after watching your video, as well as others, I've come to the following conclusions. Marketing, brilliant. Packaging, spot on. Looks real cool and trendy. OK, so technically it's pretty good. But for me it's more a case of style over substance. Try slipping it in your tight fitting jeans pocket. I don't think so. The Mobius or Innovv would be a far less conspicuous bulge. Also, I thought the size would have been just right for hiding behind my Audi rear view mirror as a dash cam, after blacking out Polaroid's rainbow graphics. But no, it's not to be. Had they designed it to auto record upon power on etc, then maybe. Besides, £99 for a $99 camera, they're having a laugh.

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

Thanks for the review, pretty cute device indeed, I take it the accessories (including the tripod mount) are not available yet?

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

The accessories now seem to be available on Amazon.com. Click here for more http://amzn.to/1uNti6i

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The Polaroid website states that the magnet will 'allow for stacking and sticking onto any metal surface'. As you found out, that's not the case! Stainless steel, copper, brass, forget it. OK on the handlebars of your steel (ferrous) bike. BTW, the pyramid shaped packaging that the camera was attached to could make a pretty nifty helmet mount...

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Carter

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