Dubbed the “world’s funnest, cutest lifestyle action camera”, the Polaroid Cube HD is certainly unlike anything you have ever seen before. The combination of embedded features and the design radiates a very different feel than we are used to. This camera brings a unique and fun element to the dash camera zone, and at an extremely affordable price point, it certainly is worth looking into. It’s low price gives it an extremely competitive price point compared to others in the industry. The Cube is marketed as a general lifestyle action camera, perhaps a competitor for the GoPro, but would work extremely well in a car.
The most important aspect of the Polaroid Cube is, of course, the design. The manufacturer questions “who says bigger is better?”, as the cube itself is just 35 millimeters and weighs in at just 1.66 ounces. The sizing specifications are 1.4 inches by 1.4 inches by 1.4 inches. Surprisingly, it is much smaller than most dash cameras and can fit neatly into the palm of your hand. It is certainly interesting to look at and can act as a great conversation starter! It comes in three variations -- black, turquoise and red. Neither option allows the camera to be indistinguishable. A rainbow strip wraps around each version of the Cube, standing out in a sea of metal black cameras. However, that’s not to say it looks cheap. The rubber casing is solid, smooth and durable, an important aspect for live-action cameras. The front side houses the slightly embedded lens to capture the action.
The 6 mp camera itself is extremely high quality, with a 124 degree wide angle lens for an extremely wide view of the action. This is great as a dash cam, as a wide field of vision can be captured with ease. It records in 720p and 1080p. A microphone is also built in to record surrounding audio. Additionally, it’s extremely user-friendly and simple to operate. Holding the button for three seconds operates the on/off function, while two presses begins recording video. One press captures a picture. The LED light changes color to help you determine what function is being performed. Orange indicates charging, green indicates ‘on’, and red indicates recording. Simple and intuitive. Beep sound effects are also included with the button pressing, but the volume can be adjusted to your preference through the attached software. Transferring videos can be done with a 32GB microSD card or USB cable that is included in the package. Reviews state that the USB cable is extremely and impossibly short, which can be annoying during use.
It is also easy to install this in your car. The Cube is magnetic and attaches to any metal surface. Therefore, users can surely find apt places in their car interior to place it for ultimate effectiveness. This is beneficial because the Cube does away with straps, adhesive strips, and any complicated mechanisms other dash cams usually employ for installation. However, a Suction Cup Mount accessory is also sold for those having trouble using the magnetic installation, but this does not detract from the ease of use. Additionally, the fact that it is shockproof and weatherproof only adds to the list of advantages provided -- it would be difficult to ruin it!
The Polaroid Cube is a perfect purchase for those looking for something a little out of the box and different. With it’s small body, it still packs a powerful image and can certainly meet your needs and specifications. This would be perfect for those who don’t want to spend too much, yet need a multi-purpose camera for a wide range of needs!
Dimensions: 1.38 x 1.38 x 1.38 inches Weight: 0.32 ounce Sensor: 3MP CMOS Sensor Lens: 124º wide angle lens (F 2.0, f=3.4mm) Screen: No screen Video: 1920 x 1080; 1280x720 (30FPS), file saved as .MOV Photo: 6MP, .JPG Wi-Fi: No Battery: Lithium Battery life: 90min Storage: MicroSD up to 32GB Remote Control: No GPS: No Waterproof: Yes Model: Cube