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Court rules Polaroid camera is Nikon ripoff, kills it

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At CES 2013, camera maker Sakar unveiled a new interchangeable lens camera. Branded a Polaroid and sold under the model number im1836, many were quick to notice that the new Sakar/Polaroid looked a lot like the already in stores Nikon J1. Problem: so did Nikon, which then proceeded to sue in October.

Well, the case was just settled in favor of Nikon.

As part of the ruling, which was reached late last week, Sakar is no longer allowed to "manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell, or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration." Bottom line: don't go looking for a Polaroid iM1836 in stores anytime soon.

The good news: Nikon's J1 has now been replaced by the J2 and, as a result, can be had for a bargain. Here are some of the things it has to offer:

Here are some other key specs that may be of interest:
10Mp sensor
2.7x crop factor
Hybrid phase/contrast detect AF
Full HD video
3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios
ISO 100-3200
-/+ 3 stops exposure compensation
3 metering modes
1/16,000th – 30 second shutter speed, bulb
Full automatic to full manual control
460,000 dot, 3 inch LCD
60 fps electronic shutter
5fps mechanical shutter
SD. SDHC, SDXC memory cards

As for price the Nikon J1 is now selling for just over $200 with a lens, not a bad deal at all.

For more info:
The Imaging Resource

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